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Silver Bullet [DVD]
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Smalltown, USA. All is peaceful, all is calm, or at least it is until a series of gruesome murders take place. The townspeople gather together to suggest various solutions and decide to send out a search party to track down the murderer. But when the search party is massacred, it seems that the only hope for the town might be a young handicapped boy and his sister, both of whom are convinced that the killings are the work of a werewolf.
Silver Bullet is a generic, by-the-numbers Stephen King film with a Stephen King screenplay adapted from an earlier novella. Back in the innocent days of 1976--the age of innocence gets later every year--the town of Tarker's Fall finds itself in the grip of mass hysteria when something starts tearing people apart. Only a crippled child Martie (Corey Haim) works out the truth, which is that the new pastor is a werewolf. Eventually he manages to convince his supercilious sister Janey and his unreliable drunk Uncle Red (Gary Busey) and there is the usual confrontation involving a silver bullet melted down from the children's religious jewellery; the title also refers to the boy's motorised wheelchair. The film neglects interesting possibilities--the lynch-mob mentality that takes over the town fizzles after the major vigilantes are killed, the pastor tries to justify the killings to himself--in favour of stock ultra-violent confrontations and extended metamorphoses; its major strength is a familiar King theme, the helplessness of being a child in a world full of people who will not listen to you.See all Product Description
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"The cycle of werewolf" describes a small town in Maine haunted at every full moon by a ferocious werewolf and the film begins mostly faithfully to the book. However, very fast the director decided to change things, in my modest opinion without any real reason.
Like in the book, the main hero, 11-years old Marty Coslaw, has lost the use of his legs and is bound to a wheelchair, but unlike in the book here he receives a big sister, who becomes the narrator of the story. There is also less victims than in the book and the human identity of the werewolf is revealed too early in the film. In the book, which covers in its 12 chapters one year (from January to December), it occurs on 31 October - here, not only the story is shortened, but the solution to the main mystery also comes much faster.
The special effects are not really very good and the incredible strength and great speed of the werewolf, which were so chillingly described in the book, are here missing in action. Finally, in the book the werewolf sometimes played a little with his victims, displaying a sadistic, evil, depraved sense of humor, which made it even scarier - here this element is absent.
Actors however are very good. Young Corey Haim did a darn good job as Marty and Megan Follows is excellent as his big sister Jane. But the real star is of course Gary Busey as Marty's heavy drinking and not very recommendable uncle.Read more ›
The story is about a young disabled boy, who is convinced a spate of massacres are being performed by a werewolf, unfortunately no-one in town believes him, forcing him to try and unmask the creature's identity himself.
The story is from the pen of Steven King, and although a few of his projects have been disasters on film, this one (in which he wrote the screenplay) is one of the better ones.
Of course there are problems with the film, the director wisely held back the full sight of the werewolf until the last 5 minutes, where the low budget unfortunately shines through.
But this is a minor fault in a quality film (rather like the excellent Dog Soldiers.)
It's 80's, and low-budget, but if you enjoyed Dog Soldiers, you couldn't fail to enjoy this.)
Every month, when the moon is at its fullest, the usually quiet town of Tarker's Mills is visited by what the townspeople think is a homicidal maniac. Mutilated corpses begin to turn up and a curfew is administered upon the residents. One crippled boy, Marty Coslaw, nevertheless decides to ignore the curfew - the curfew had meant the cancellation of the Fourth of July Fireworks, his favourite holiday - and ventures out alone to have his own 4th July. The hiss and crack of the fireworks draws attention to Marty and he meets the mysterious murderer face-to-face. So begins a quest to discover the true idenity of this monster.
Daniel Attias has directed one of the better Stephen King films with Silver Bullet (he had previously worked as second assistant director on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1983) and Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), so he'd had some good training). The screenplay (written by King) is an adaptation of his novella, Cycle of the Werewolf (1983), about a lycanthrope who hunts down the townspeople of Tarker Mills. The film is well paced and has a whodunnit feel, as well as plenty of extremely scary moments that will ensure you do not head for the 'eject' button feeling you have wasted your hard earned dollars.
Moreover, there is a great cast here, headed by veteran actor Gary Busey. The supporting cast includes Corey Haim, Everett McGill, Megan Follows, Bill Smitrovich, Lawrence Tierney, Kent Broadhurst, James Gammon, William Newman, and Terry O'Quinn. It is produced by Dino De Laurentiis (Dead Zone (1983), Firestarter (1984), Maximum Overdrive (1985), Cat's Eye (1985) et al). I first watched this film as a teen when it came out for rental in the mid-eighties and found it very atmospheric - eerie and mysterious - as well as offering plenty of scares throughout. So, take a stroll through the fog shrouded woods of Tarker's Mills ...
... but beware the moon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great eighties horror. The only thing that lets this movie down in retrospect is the poor werewolf makeup, but this is now the case with most eighties horrors. Read morePublished 36 minutes ago by Austin haigh
iT was a good film when it first came out good for10 years and older. nice soft horror for startersPublished 7 months ago by Geordie
A Brilliant and underrated entry in the werewolf Genre.Published 10 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff