Hairy arm of the law
Another Wolf Cop hopes to do better
Hide your children, Moose Jaw— there are werewolves in town.
Opening Friday night at the Moose Jaw Galaxy Cinema is Another Wolf Cop.
“This one’s crazier. We got the origin story out of the way. The first one asked the eternal questions: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Why am I a wolf?’” said writerdirector Lowell Dean, with a wry smile. “So for this one, we just let it unleash.”
The first Wolf Cop bombed in Moose Jaw and producer Hugh Patterson, who grew up in the city, is still bitter about it.
“We hope this one does better and doesn’t embarrass me,” said Patterson.
With the first film, the CEO of Cineplex called him up to remind him it failed in his hometown.
“He initially told me it would, and I was convinced it wouldn’t. Embarrassing,” said Patterson. “I think that this theatre just doesn’t do that well to begin with.”
The film is set in a fictional town called Woodhaven, but if theatre-goers look closely, they’ll see a remarkable resemblance to a certain friendly city.
People really responded to the chaos. He’s ripping people’s faces off in between romantic love scenes. Lowell Dean, Director
Another Wolf Cop will run for only five days, but if enough people come out and support it, the cinema may increase the run.
“So it’s up to the people of Moose Jaw,” said Patterson.
In the sequel, the filmmaking team decided to capitalize on the parts of the first movie that saw audiences “go off the rails.”
“I like to say it’s the easiest film to describe in the world because it’s all in the title,” said Dean (13 Eerie, SuperGrid). “The first film is about a cop who becomes a werewolf. And the second one is about another cop who becomes a werewolf.”
While Wolf Cop had a bad run in Moose Jaw, it did well in Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto. In Calgary, it was a hit at the Comic Cons.
“People really responded to the chaos. He’s ripping people’s faces off in between romantic love scenes,” said Dean. “The madcap joy of seeing a werewolf in a cop uniform running around town trying to solve an ongoing crime.”
It’s the chaos and the gore that gets makeup FX supervisor Emersen Ziffle’s blood going.
“You can look forward to lots of new effects. A bigger, better wolf cop,” said Ziffle (Curse of Chucky, Power Rangers). “For me, getting to make Wolf Cop a second time and actually have years off when I could think about it and go, ‘this is what I actually would have loved to have done, had I had the time.’ The effects, the gore, is way better and way more fun.”
The crew saw two premières of the movie this past month, and said people are losing their minds over certain sequences.
“They were laughing and screaming out loud because it was so over-the-top and fun. As well as great cameos. Kevin Smith is in it,” said Patterson.
The filmmaking trio, all Saskatchewan boys, have been making movies for 10 years together (one of their earliest was
Juice Pigs, a short film about, you guessed it, cops. It showed at the Mae Wilson Theatre).
Dean got out of film school and was ready to move to a major film hub like Toronto, but what kept him in Saskatchewan was the industry.
“You could immediately go and work on a show like Corner Gas or some independent films. The transition was really easy in a place where you knew everyone,” he said. “I’m worried about the future, because we don’t have that industry now. And I’m hoping we can turn it around. Right now, if I was a kid graduating film school, I would be going immediately to Toronto.”
The filmmakers are still feeling the sting of the 2012 Saskatchewan Government cuts to arts funding. The sequel has double the budget of the first film, but only because it’s co-produced out of Toronto.
“We didn’t get marketing money for this one,” explained Patterson. “The Sask. Government took it away last minute, because they went broke. I don’t want to bash them too bad, but we did lose $250,000 in marketing funds.”
Despite the challenges, the crew is committed to making feature films in Saskatchewan. To market the sequel, they all jumped in a car and drove across the country. Dean, Patterson and Ziffle all have families and they worry about their Saskatchewan future in the business.
“Basically there is me and maybe one other guy producing feature films because it’s just so hard and risky to do it here,” said Patterson.
“We’re doing things here because it’s our origin. We grew up here,” said Dean. “Not being in Hollywood and being in Saskatchewan, I think we’ll have to roll the dice and see how it goes. If people come out in Moose Jaw, and Regina and in the few places it’s showing in the States, if enough people see it and talk about it, the people that make the decisions will listen, and hopefully we’ll get to do another one.”
FRONT PAGE & ABOVE: Another Wolf Cop opens at the Galaxy Cinema in Moose Jaw tonight.