Werewolf movies, are usually not very good, which is sad as Werewolf’s are actually one of my favorite movie monsters. Now Ironically I am not a big Stephen King fan, but back in 1985 his novella, the Cycle of the Werewolf was translated in the film Silver Bullet, which is one of the best werewolf movies ever made. Well the film was profitable it received mixed box office reviews, but has since built up a large cult following
The film follows Marty Coslaw (played by the late Corey Haim) a young paraplegic who lives with his semi dysfunctional family in Tarker Mills Maine. The town has recently experienced a series of brutal murders. At first thought to be accidents or suicides, the town realizes it’s the work of a killer when Marty’s friend is killer while flying a kite. We know its done by a werewolf, as we see the monster on screen briefly. Towns people, both angry and scared begin stocking up on guns and plan to form a vigilante group to hunt the killer down. The local priest, Reverend Lester Lowe.
He doesn’t do a good job convinced the town as a group heads out at night to try and catch whoever is killing residents of their town. It doesn’t go well as a group of them is brutally murdered. As this is going on we meet Marty’s Uncle, Red (played perfectly by Gary Busey) He gives Marty a motorized Wheelchair he built called The Silver Bullet. He gives him a sack of fireworks as well. When Marty sneaks out one night to shoot them off he is attacked by the werewolf, but manages to fire a rocket in its eye and escape. When he and his sister notice the Rev Lowe is now wearing an eye patch they deduce that he is in fact the werewolf in question.
While made in the 80’s the film holds up remarkably well. Seeing a young Gary Busey play an alcoholic savior of two kids fighting a werewolf is a thing of beauty. Haim, as always delivers a great performance and shows why he was one of the best child actors of his time.
The gore, which is all practical is still very well done, and there is enough to keep the blood thirsty fan happy. As for the story, its actually not only fun but suspenseful. When Marty and his sister discover that the Reverend is the werewolf they begin writing him letters telling him to leave town or kill himself, causing him to begin stalking them in broad daylight. I found the film as enjoyable as an adult as I did when I was a kid.
Umbrella Entertainment has done an amazing job on this Blu-ray transfer. The film looks and sounds amazing. Its even loaded with special features
Audio Commentary with Director Daniel Attias
--The Wolf Within – An Interview with Actor Everett McGill
--Full Moon Fever – Interviews with Special Effects Artists Michael McCracken, Jr. and Matthew Mungle
--Dino's Angel Takes on Lycanthropy: Martha De Laurentis Remembers SILVER BULLET (25 minutes)
--Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
--Theatrical trailer (HD)
One of the best werewolf films made, and proof that the best films were made in the 80’s this is a must own
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!