by Patrick Bromley
I was a fan of Lowell Dean's WolfCop back when it was released in 2014. It's a movie that could have drowned in kitschy, ironic distance -- a feature-length Kung Fury -- but succeeded because of Dean's attention to character, a fun sense of humor, and the fact that it actually felt like the kind of '80s horror comedy to which it was paying tribute instead of just shoving as many signifiers into the frame as possible to tell us that we were watching an '80s-style horror comedy. There's a big difference between capturing the spirit and just making a bunch of references. WolfCop succeeds by doing the former.
I know it seems like such a small thing, but there was something very delicate about the line that WolfCop was able to straddle so successfully. Another WolfCop isn't interested in that, instead throwing itself head first into outrageous camp. The plot involves an evil corporation run by a guy named Sydney Swallows (Yannick Bisson) selling something called Chicken Milk Beer, which becomes hugely popular in the small town of Woodhaven and has some...unexpected side effects. Investigating the case are the returning Lou Garou/WolfCop (Leo Fafard), his former partner-turned-chief Tina Walsh (Amy Matysio), and his best friend Willie (Jonathan Cherry), who returns from an alien abduction as the movie opens, having been replaced by a shapeshifter in the first film. Also along for the ride is Willie's sister Kat (Serena Miller), a few new deputies, and even new town mayor Bubba, played by Canada-obsessed writer/director Kevin Smith in another cameo that tips the movie too far into self-parody.