Silver Bullet (1985)

Posted: November 4, 2012 in Movie Review
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Silver Bullet

Directed By: Daniel Attias
Starring: Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Megan Follows, Terry O’Quinn
Subgenre: Werewolf

Synopsis: A werewolf is terrorizing a small town and it’s up to Marty, a young boy confined to a wheelchair to stop it.

Thoughts: There have been a lot of Stephen King’s stories made into movies, some great, some horrible, but most have been middle of the road affairs. I would drop Silver Bullet right into the middle of the road, maybe slightly ahead of the average pack.  I enjoyed the atmosphere of the film and the way that the werewolf looked in the early part of the film. When it came time for a full reveal of the creature, it looked like a guy wearing a suit at an amusement park.

There are some pretty big names in the cast including Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Everett McGill and Terry O’Quinn.  Interestingly, this was Corey Haim’s first “big” film. He would go on to make The Lost Boys, License to Drive and The Watchers before becoming a cautionary tale of celebrity youth.  Everett McGill, who plays Reverend Lowe was my favorite part of the movie.

There is quite a bit of history with the Production of Silver Bullet, including the Director.  Don Coscarelli was the initial Director, going as far as to start filming the non-Werewolf scenes.  There was a lot of turmoil with producer Dino de Laurentiis around the look of the werewolf, which ultimately led to Coscarelli resigning and Attias coming in to finish the movie.  The fact that the finished product is a combination of two different directors makes it difficult to judge, but for me, there isn’t a lot that stands out direction-wise.

If you want to see a great werewolf movie, check out An American Werewolf in London or The Howling. Silver Bullet ranks somewhere behind those two, but it is better than a lot of very mediocre werewolf flicks out there.  McGill, Haim and Busey make it very watchable as well.

  1. The source material, “Cycle of the Werewolf,” is perhaps my favorite Stephen King story. I had no idea that Don Coscarelli was originally the director. Based on how “out there” the Phantasm movies are, I’d have loved to have seen what he had planned.

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