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Silver Bullet

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Overview

In this undistinguished Stephen King horror adaptation, the good residents of Tarker's Mill are dense enough to ignore or explain away a series of violent deaths until a little boy is torn to pieces while flying his kite after dark. At that point, the men gang up and go into the fog-shrouded woods to hunt down whatever slasher is out there. The most they achieve is the sighting of one hairy arm and a few more sacrificial victims. But life goes on, and when the summer fireworks show is cancelled because people ...
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Overview

In this undistinguished Stephen King horror adaptation, the good residents of Tarker's Mill are dense enough to ignore or explain away a series of violent deaths until a little boy is torn to pieces while flying his kite after dark. At that point, the men gang up and go into the fog-shrouded woods to hunt down whatever slasher is out there. The most they achieve is the sighting of one hairy arm and a few more sacrificial victims. But life goes on, and when the summer fireworks show is cancelled because people have deduced it might be fatal to stay out after dark, the Coslaw family's invalid, wheelchair-bound son Marty goes coasting off to the bridge to shoot his own fireworks. Needless to say, the hairy killer beast that is certain to be lurking there gets shot in the eyeball by one of Marty's rockets and is now an unhappy hairy killer beast. Even when a respected town biggie starts wearing an eyepatch, no one really takes notice. They must not watch many horror films.
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Editorial Reviews

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This eccentric adaptation of Stephen King's Cycle of the Werewolf doesn't exactly qualify as a good horror film but is odd enough to stick in the memory. Silver Bullet is likely to put off the casual viewer because of its schizoid story line: its tone veers from blood-spattered gothic horror to over-the-top parody to After-School-Special-styled teen drama. Stephen King's script adds to these problems with a preponderance of colorful dialogue that simply doesn't work when spoken aloud and a "mystery" werewolf that's all too easy to guess. Silver Bullet also suffers from surprisingly weak and rubbery-looking werewolf effects by E.T. creator Carlo Rambaldi. Despite these problems, Silver Bullet offers some plusses for the devoted horror fan: The direction by television veteran Daniel Attias is slick and offers a few memorable setpieces, including a scene where the townspeople attempt a werewolf hunt that goes horribly wrong and the clever, purely visual way in which the heroes discover the werewolf's identity. Silver Bullet also boasts several performances that are better than the slim material deserves: Corey Haim and Megan Follows make believable and likeable teen protagonists and Gary Busey brings plenty of Southern charm and warmth to his role as the roguish but good-hearted Uncle Red. Cult film fans will also notice some fine support work by Reservoir Dogs star Lawrence Tierney as a gruff bartender and horror vet Terry O'Quinn (aka The Stepfather) as the town's beleaguered sheriff. Ultimately, Silver Bullet is most likely a bit too stylistically confused for most audiences but horror fans with a sense of humor might enjoy its mixture of creepy atmosphere and bizarre black humor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 097360182736
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Busey Uncle Red
Corey Haim Marty Coslaw
Megan Follows Jane Coslaw
Everett McGill Reverend Lowe/Werewolf
Terry O'Quinn Sheriff Joe Haller
Robin Groves Nan Coslaw
Leon Russom Bob Coslaw
Bill Smitrovich Andy Fairton
Joe Wright Brady Kincaid
Kent Broadhurst Herb Kincaid
Heather Simmons Tammy Sturmfuller
James A. Baffico Milt Sturmfuller
Technical Credits
Daniel Attias Director
Clifford Capone Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Chattaway Score Composer, Songwriter
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Giorgio Desideri Set Decoration/Design
John M. Eckert Associate Producer
Stephen King Screenwriter
Daniel Loewenthal Editor
Rob B. Mathes Songwriter
Armando Nannuzzi Cinematographer
Giorgio Postiglione Production Designer
Martha Schumacher Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Great Werewolf Movie.

    Great Werewolf Movie.

    Corey Haim as a wheel chair bound hero, named Marty. A custom built motorized chair, made by his uncle. The chair looks more like a motorcycle than a wheelchair, and drives about as fast.

    The Werewolf terrorizes the whole town, killing Marty's best friend and driving his girlfriend out of town.
    The towns folk are helpless against it, and the police refuse to believe it's a Werewolf.

    Marty is the first the discover the Were's human identity. United with his uncle and sister, Marty has a powerful climatic battle against the beast - armed with a single Silver Bullet.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    VERY GOOD STEPHEN KING HORROR FILM ( GARY BUISY MAKES THIS MOVIE )

    VERY GOOD STEPHEN KING HORROR FILM ( GARY BUISY MAKES THIS MOVIE )
    HIS CHARACTER UNCLE RED IS THE ALL TIME GREAT PERSON THAT IS YOUR LIFE THAT YOU LIKE MORE THAN ANYONE! I LOVE HIM IN THIS MOVIE

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great buy!

    Couldn't believe the price for this 80's classic! Never seen it for sale anywhere, until here. I ordered a month in advance, but I got it shortly after the release date. Great find! Great buy! Corey Haim classic! Great storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seats!

    ~Nora

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow this was a cool horror movie not even scary to me at all!!!

    Corey Haim was real young in this film its a horror movie about a man thats a werewolf i really enjoyed it alot this movie was from 1985 the same year that i was born in now im 23 years old and i still love this movie and i so much love Corey Haim he's so cute!!!in this movie he was an adoredable little 13 year old boy it was sad though that his chacter was in a wheelchair but he did a great job as Marty the 13 year old young boy a really cool horror film!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie will make you howl! Auhhhhhhhhh!

    The movie Silver Bullet is written by Stephen King, except this time it is based on his novel Cycle of the Werewolf. The movie has nice stuff and good characters, but my favorite is Uncle Red played by Gary Busey. Because it's always a party with Uncle Red is around, this movie was fun to watch, that's why I gaved it a 4 stars. Though it was not scary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Not So Bad

    While critical reviewers might express dissapointment with this film.Any horror movie buff will have to agree this film is original and quite suspensefull for an 80's horror film.A must see classic in its own right!!!Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Original

    This movie is one of the greatest horror originals I recomend it to anyone who loves alittle suspence

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