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Campy, but entertaining and fun
on January 11, 2008
As strange as it sounds, at times the acting in Silver Bullet sort of plays out and has the feel of a Lifetime movie (minus the sleaze) with the corny dialogue and B-movie feel, except that this movie is a horror movie about a werewolf who is ravaging a small town. The leading sleuth is a young boy in a wheelchair (a very young Corey Haim) who thinks that things are quite amiss in the town, and, when his friend dies, he decides to take some action. Despite the amateurish aspects of the film, it was a campy, good time watching it. It was quite reminiscent of seeing some of the 50s B-movie horror flicks with monsters, UFOs, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night.
Certainly this is not a great movie by any means, but anyone who is a horror movie junkie should check it out. It does have some mystery in its first half, where many of the townsfolk are in terror at the shock of the brutal murders of many of the people in town. Marty (Haim), who feels clued into what is going on, tries to convince his sister and Uncle Red (played by none other than Gary Busey) that the murderer is in fact not a man, but a werewolf. At first they are reluctant to believe him, but eventually he shows them proof that this may be the case, and that, in fact, it may be one of the members of the community who is a werewolf.
While some parts (like the one where we actually get to see the confrontation with the werewolf) might have you unintentionally laughing, this is still a pretty fun movie just for its story line and plot. It is pretty cheesy and campy at times, but given that this is based on a Stephen King novel, maybe that is fitting. I believe this is a better than average film for the horror buffs, but if you are a werewolf film connoisseur, expecting more suspense and horror, I think it would be better to go with either "An American Werewolf in London" or one of the old Lon Chaney Jr. classic films, "The Wolf Man."
Still, that being said, it is definitely worth a viewing.
3 ½ stars