Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Wolfcop (2014)

wolfcopDirector: Lowell Dean

Writer: Lowell Dean (Screenplay)

Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, Corinne Conley, Jesse Moss, Jonathan Cherry, Aidan Devine, James Whittingham

 

Plot: As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Twist on Werewolf Genre

 

Story: Wolfcop starts as we meet alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Fafard) who is one of the deputies in a small town that is falling apart with crime. There is a hunting celebration coming to the town along with a mayor race. When Lou answers a late night call he finds himself attacked, branded but dumped back in his own home with heightened sense.

When mayor candidate Terry Wallace (Alexander) is killed there is talk of the festival being cancelled, but Lou finds out the truth about that night when he turns into a wolfman before he gets to spend the night with beautiful barmaid Jessica (Lind). When Lou starts using his wolf side to fight crime he discovers the cover up running through the town.

Wolfcop is a nice twist on the werewolf genre having the werewolf being a cop that works for good, we are used them only being on the dark side of the story. We also get a revenge like story with how the cop wants to clean up the city. We get plenty of twists through the story which keeps us guessing throughout the story. This is just a fun film so the story isn’t the most important side to everything which works taking away the serious side the story could have.

 

Actor Review

 

Leo Fafard: Lou Garou/Wolfcop, as Lou he is an alcoholic police deputy who is just getting through each day, but once he turns into Wolfcop he starts fighting crime cleaning up the town that has been getting controlled by a higher power. Leo is good in this role where he plays both the cop and the Wolfcop.lou

Amy Matysio: Tina is the second deputy that has to work to figure out what is happening to with the change to Lou, she has to fight to save him from what seems like the rest of the town. Amy is good in this supporting role.

Sarah Lind: Jessica is the bar owner that has a thing on the side for Lou, she keeps him liquored up and keeps the town happy with the drinks flowing, but is she everything we see her as. Sarah is good in the supporting role where her mysterious side is clear to see.

Corinne Conley: Mayor Bradley is controlling the town, she has a secret to why she has lasted so long in power. Corinne is important to final act of the film but we don’t see enough from her character early enough in the film.

Support Cast: Wolfcop has a supporting cast that includes all the members of the town who follow certain moments that happen, Willie is the highlight of the supporting characters.

Director Review: Lowell DeanLowell gives us a fun horror comedy that brings a fresh twist to the werewolf genre.

 

Comedy: Wolfcop has good moments of comedy as we see how donuts are important to the cop and Wolfcop.

Horror: Wolfcop uses the gore factor for the horror factor of the story.

Settings: Wolfcop keeps everything in a small town to show just how this cult works.
Special Effects
: Wolfcop uses the effects well to create the Wolfcop character along with the kills.

Suggestion: Wolfcop is one to try as the fans of the horror comedy should enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Wolfcop stops a robbery.

Worst Part: We don’t see enough from the supporting characters.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: CAD 1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes

Tagline: Here comes the fuzz

 

Overall: Enjoyable horror comedy that takes the werewolf genre in a different direction.

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Franchise Weekend – Night at the Museum (2006)

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Plot: A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Twist on History

 

Story: Night at the Museum starts as down on his luck father Larry Daley (Stiller) who dreams of striking it rich decides it is finally time to get a job for now and his latest job is as a night guard at National History Museum replacing the three outgoing guards Cecil (Van Dyke), Gus (Rooney) and Reginald (Cobbs). After being given a quick tour Larry is left with one warning not to let anyone in or out.

When Larry learns the truth about what happens at the museum at night he learns to bring the different parts of history together to have a party before learning the danger that is within the museum.

Night at the Museum brings us into a world of dying interest because we do have an increasing number of history on the internet with a lot easier access. The story brings us into the idea that the history comes to life so we can all learn it but at a museum. I do think certain moment over play the childish at times but this is a family film. This is filled with fun from start to finish with a few elements that are on the serious side.

 

Actor Review

 

Ben Stiller: Larry Daley is a down on his luck father that to continue seeing his son needs to find a job when the role of night guard comes up at the natural history museum. Larry must learn to deal with all of the historical characters while a bigger problem is going on within the museum. Ben is good in this but I would say his has a few moments that come of annoying.

Carla Gugino: Rebecca is one of the employees that Larry sees as a potential love interest while the two come off as total opposites. She is studying history through her work there. Carla is solid in the supporting role without doing anything special.

Dick Van Dyke: Cecil is the man that hires Larry as he knows he and his partners are being replaced. They all plan to get rich off the museum before they go though. Dick is a solid villainous character without being too big for what is needed.

Mickey Rooney: Gus is another one of the departing guards that wants to continue to have the power the museum gives them at night. Mickey is also just a basic villain without being a threat.

Support Cast: Night at the Museum has a massive supporting cast who have their own take on characters inside in the museum with Robin Williams giving us one of his great supporting roles.

Director Review: Shawn LevyShawn gives us a film you would expect with being just fun throughout.

 

Adventure: Night at the Museum brings us into an adventure in the middle of a museum which really makes us enjoy what is going on.

Comedy: Night at the Museum has good moments of comedy that works for all levels.

Family: Night at the Museum is one for the whole family could enjoy with moments for all to enjoy.

Fantasy: Night at the Museum has good fantasy elements with the creations from history to coming to life.

Settings: Night at the Museum keeps most of the setting inside the museum which helps the elements of the story easy to follow.
Special Effects
: Night at the Museum has great effects to bring all the historical characters and creatures to life.

Suggestion: Night at the Museum is one you can watch with the whole family for everyone to enjoy. (Family Watch)

 

Best Part: Final chase.

Worst Part: Slapping scene.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has 2 sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $110 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Million

Tagline: When the lights go off, it’s on.

 

Overall: Fun filled family adventure film

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What is Whiteout Really About?

What is Whiteout Really About?whitoeout

This is a fun look at the film and I can assure you there will be plenty of The Thing references.

This film is based on a graphic novel, well I never knew that and now you do too.graphic novel

Starts in 1957 well here is your back story to make this films event happen before The Thing just to trick you into think something else stole the idea.go back

Horny Russians (I think) drinking and being pervs well I guess you need a villainous look for the characters.russians

Back stabbing leading to plane crash that is so CGI I feel like I am watching a video game open sequences.back stabbing

These men were never seen again because they find themselves buried in a snow grave.snow grave

Present day time Antarctica I am guessing this location changed name over the time.anartica

Spiral shot of the airport looks like a nice touch.nice touch

I didn’t need to see all those naked men running around in the snow.didnt need to see

We follow Kate Beckinsale making her entrance because why would you not follow her?kate one

Also this base looks much small on the outside.dont judg

Kate Beckinsale having a shower is enough to make me think this could be the highlight of the film.shower scene

Tom Skerritt in a film that could involve an alien in a confined space, where have we heard this before?tm skerritt alien

Lead character is tired of their job and about to quit cliché.last day s

Explain the whiteout concept and how dangerous it all is.explaination

Old man young man jokes well this works for a fun scene while searching for a dead body on the ice.age jokes

New term for dead body a ‘Sticker’.

God Damn Flash Backs.god dam flashbacks

Party time with the Australian being the instigator in the drinking, well that isn’t stereotyping too much.aussies

The set of injuries that can’t be explained, MYSTERY.cant explain

Come to me for the truth oh and the impending storm is coming a lot earlier that first though cliché.storms coming

Instant water freezing on now abandoned base well you know this is a mystery film.instant freeze

Masked killer well this just makes us wonder who the killer is, well in fact we have only met 4 characters so not many suspects really and Carrie is under attack so that takes her out too.masked killer

New character arrives to take over, but why is he there DUM DUM DUM.dum dum dum

Follow the clues with this unusual group of mystery solvers.follow clues

Carrie is saying everything the camera points at just in case we didn’t see it ourselves.captain obvious

Captain America reference about a plane crash in the Antarctica and yes I am aware that he was frozen in the Article circle.captain america

Blow ourselves up to escape, well why the hell not?bad escape plan

Let’s take the fingers of our main character to show her becoming more vulnerable.finger scene

The killer is revealed to be someone we know, well I hate to say it but I told you so.ttold you so

Small crew gets left behind to finish the job but will find themselves stuck there for long term future if they succeed.left behindd

This snow storm because very difficult to see what is happening which I understand because the characters are just as stuck too but first person would have made this scene amazing.cant see

Terrible CGI death.terrible cgi

Time for a twist, well this is a graphic novel that needs to keep rolling on.twsit extention

All this for diamonds well shit I thought this was based on aliens and shit.diamonds

Going out the way he always wanted, well that is getting very anti-climactic.anti climax

Look I was right Kate Beckinsale in the shower was the highlight of the film.shower scene