It may not be a full moon but the hairy, drunken officer of the law known as WolfCop is back in Regina.
The sequel to the Saskatchewan-made movie about a drunken policeman turned werewolf is filming in the Queen City at the sound stage, wrapping up the production’s final few days of shooting. Media were invited to visit the set Wednesday morning as the crew was preparing for the work day.
Crews erected a giant green screen while the front of a white delivery truck was hosed with blood. Just feet from that two police cars sat parked. One was reminiscent of the police vehicle that appeared in the first movie, while the other was left as what appeared to be a blackened, charred mess.
Meantime, the film’s lead Leo Fafard sat in the makeup room, part of his two-hour transition into the beast the movie’s named after.
“My only real hope and dream is that when people see this film they say ‘that was a lot better than the first WolfCop‘ and ‘that was one of the craziest films I’ve ever seen’,” said WolfCop 2 Director Lowell Dean.
“We’ve really pushed hard to, not just have one or two moments that people are like what the heck is happening, but about every 10 minutes there should be something where people are like ‘I’ve never seen that before’.”
The crew is on day 15 of shooting, having been on location in Lumsden just last week. Dean said there’s a weight of expectation that’s much heavier on this film, conceding the second movie in the storyline has been a much bigger challenge, insisting things have not been easier the second time around.
“It has to be bigger and better. The first film was a very small film. There was no expectation really … but the reaction has been very positive to the first film. We’ve even, I think, got a bit of our own little cult niche audience behind us,” he explained.
“I felt a big expectation to make a film that rewarded the fans of the first film and also brought in new fans.”
WolfCop 2 brings back much of the main cast as the original movie, including Amy Matysio as Tina.
“This audience is going to take a lot away from WolfCop 2. It’s bigger, it’s wilder, it’s crazier. I sort have been describing it as a very kind of rock and roll genre movie,” she said.
Matysio dropped some hints into what else audiences can expect.
“To be fair, he drinks less in this one. Is that a spoiler?” she joked.
To her, there’s no more optimal place than right here in Saskatchewan to film WolfCop 2.
“It feels Saskatchewan, this movie. Woodhaven, the town we’re in, feels like a prairie town. We have to make this movie here. It’s important.”
Filming is expected to be finished in about three days. No exact release date has been set yet.