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Silver Bullet (1985)

Gary Busey , Everett McGill , Daniel Attias  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows, Robin Groves
  • Directors: Daniel Attias
  • Writers: Stephen King
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, John M. Eckert, Martha De Laurentiis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063URC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silver Bullet" on IMDb

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Corey Haim (back when he was still cute) and his souped-up hot-rod of a wheelchair are all that stand between a sleepy little New England town and a ferocious full-moon killer in Stephen King's adaptation of his novella Cycle of the Werewolf. This minor entry into the werewolf canon lacks the scares and sense of humor of superior hirsute thrillers The Howling and An American Werewolf in London, but pays off in some nice casting touches. Gary Busey is loyal to the end as Haim's beer-guzzling Uncle Red, Twin Peaks's Everett McGill cuts an unsettling figure as the town minister, and fleshy B-movie icon Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs) is the gruff bartender who breaks up bar fights with a baseball bat called "The Peacemaker." The monstrous wolf beast, a towering mountain of fangs and fur, is the creation of Carlo Rambaldi (E.T.). --Sean Axmaker

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Romp with Wolves April 21, 2005
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This is by no means a frightening movie. Instead, it is an entertaining adventure story in which the villain happens to be a werewolf and the hero is a kid with a severe handicap. He may not have the use of his legs but he does have bravery, a sister that takes him seriously and an uncle who is too much fun to be a really good role model.

When a town his plagued with sudden a violent murders tensions grow high and neighbors become suspicious of one another. At first no one takes the idea of a werewolf seriously but the bodies continue to pile up. Eventually a young boy confinded to a wheelchair sees the wolf firsthand an escapes on the zouped up wheelchair his uncle built for him. His sister knows that he is a royal pain in the backside but she also knows his character and believes him. She discovers the identity of the lycanthropist. Unfortunately, the wolf also learns theirs. The stage is set for a confrontation.

One of the things I like about this movie is that it depicts young people able to act well and make good decisions in spite of the attitude of the adults. It does not depict young people only as selfish idiots seeking only their own gratification. Here it is the youngsters that save the day with the help of an uncle with childing tendencies.

It's a fun movie, not at all serious, just fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would you expect...great character relationships? June 24, 2002
You don't normally expect to find well-crafted characters in horror movies, which is why SILVER BULLET can catch a first-time viewer by surprise. There are suspenseful scenes aplenty, but it really is the characters and their relationships that make this movie stand out. Corey Haim is Marty, eleven years old and reliant on a motorized wheelchair to get around. Megan Follows is his fifteen year old sister Jane, jealous of the special attention her brother gets because of his disability. Their parents are Bob and Nan, and Nan's brother is played by Gary Busey. Uncle Red is the sort of relative that families are not proud of and would probably rather not associate with at all; it's unfortunate for Nan then that Red loves his nephew Marty so much.
Marty is just getting old enough to realise that Red isn't exactly an exemplary human being. Early in the film a friend of Marty's scares Jane with a snake, causing her to fall flat in a puddle of muddy water and ruin the outfit she's been showing off. It's the sort of prank that a brother would pull on a sister and then immediately regret it, and Marty's face shows the regret not only at that moment, but later at night when he gives Jane money to help make up for it even though it wasn't his fault. At that point she apologises for verbally wounding Marty in retaliation by telling him that Uncle Red, his idol, is a useless drunk.
Because Marty gets preferential treatment from everyone, Jane always feels like she gets no attention, and that carries over to some of the reviews on this site that mention she's a minor character. The importance of her character (especially as the emotional center of the film) is too easily overlooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the Full Moon September 12, 2006
In Stephen King's thrilling adaptation of his novelette "Cycle of the Werewolf", the peaceful town of Tarker's Mills is suddenly terrorized by a maniacal killer.

Corey Haim stars as Marty Coslaw, a wheelchair-bound eleven-year-old. Megan Follows stars as Jane Coslaw, Marty's fifteen-year-old sister, who serves as the narrator of the movie. Although Jane and Marty have their occasional brother-sister battles, they do genuinely care about each other, and this bond is shown throughout the movie. Gary Busey stars as Uncle Red, Jane and Marty's alcoholic but caring uncle. Finally, Everett McGill stars as Reverend Lowe, pastor of the local church.

Tarker's Mills is a peaceful town until a string of brutal and unsolved murders begin to take place. At first, the townsfolk think a madman is on the loose. Sheriff Joe Haller (Terry O'Quinn) is facing the wrath of the townspeople for his lack of urgency in solving the murders. Unfortunately, Marty's best friend Brady Kincaid (Joe Wright) is one of the victims. After Brady's murder, the townspeople decide they have had enough of the sheriff's lack of success in finding the killer, so they try their own brand of vigilante justice. Unfortunately, this ends in disaster.

After Brady's funeral, Marty begins to have suspicions about the killer. He raises the possibility of a werewolf as being responsible to uncle Red, who justs laughs it off as totally crazy. However, Marty is undeterred in his belief. After the rash of murders, the town's carnival is cancelled. Uncle Red gives Marty some fireworks as a gift, but tells him he must use them near his house.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best werewolf movie ever ! February 8, 2006
if you haven't seen this movie i don't think you should rent it i think you should buy it. it's really that good. strange deaths are occuring right and left in a small rural town. a young crippled boy suspects the town preacher of being a werewolf when the death of his friend brings about even stranger happenings. his uncle (played by gary busey) is in disbelief of the young boys accusations but will soon find out the truth behind the matter. this movie is and will always be my most favorite werewolf movie of all time. it's got suspense, mystery, and murder. great combinations for a classic horror movie. another great aspect of this movie is that it's been made in the golden age of stephen king based movies. no stupiid cheese in this film like the langoliers or rose red. this will actually scare you. this movie and an american werewolf in london will run neck and neck but you'll soon see that silver bullet will be the victor.
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