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Silver Bullet

Gary Busey , Everett McGill , Daniel Attias    VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining werewolf movie (3.5/5) Dec 23 2007
By falcon
i just watched Silver Bullet and i enjoyed it.it was entertaining and
well paced,though not particularly scary.the music was quite ominous
and suited the movie well.most of the characters were two dimensional
at best,but the actors did a good job with what they were given.i
didn't feel much emotional investment for any of the characters.the
creature effects were okay and we really only get a full view of the
creature in one scene.despite all this,i enjoyed the movie and would
watch it again,though not for awhile.the film was unique in one aspect,
which i won't give away, so you'll have to watch it to find out.it is
definitely worth renting,or buying if you can find it cheap.i paid ten
bucks for mine and got my moneys worth.in short,you could do a lot
worse. 3.5/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining July 17 2004
While this movie has few of the bone chilling moments of "An American Werewolf in London" or "The Howling," it still has moments where it is fascinating and at least a couple of places where the tension rises. Helping along the way are Gary Busey as Marty Coslaw's (Corey Haim) Uncle Red, Megan Follows as Marty's sister Jane, and Everett McGill as creepy Reverend Lowe.
There are murders happening in and around town, and Marty is convinced it is the work of a werewolf, with whom he has a close encounter; a really close encounter. At first no one believes Marty, as you would expect, but then Jane is convinced. Finally Uncle Red is sort of convinced. The tension builds until the night that Jane and Marty's parents are away from home and Uncle Red stays with Marty, Jane, and a single silver bullet.
While there are other werewolf movies with a higher scare factor, this one remains one of my favorites. I will watch this movie sooner than many others just because it is familiar and the characters are generally likable. It is like a cartoon in many ways, but these same qualities make it an easy to watch movie. There are a few intense moments to spike up the movie, including the encounter between Marty and the werewolf on an isolated walking bridge at night in the country, another encounter between a group of citizens out to hunt the murderer, and encounters between the werewolf in his human form and Jane and Marty.
This movie is a must have for Stephen King fans as well as those who have a penchant for people who change into furry creatures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By the light of the moon May 4 2004
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A cycle of terror ...
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 of Tarker's Mills. One crippled boy nevertheless decides to ignore the curfew - which led to the cancellation of the Fourth of July Fireworks - and meets the mysterious murderer face-to-face one night. So begins a quest to discover the true idenity of this monster.
Daniel Attias has produced one of the creepiest Stephen King films ever with 'Silver Bullet'. The screenplay (written by King) is an adaptation of his novella, 'Cycle of the Werewolf', 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 'Point Break' Busey, Corey 'The Lost Boys' Haim, and Terry 'The Stepfather' O'Quinn.
I first watched this film when it came out for rental in the mid-eighties and it scared the bejezus out of me. So, take the nightmare ride of your life through the fog shrouded woods of Tarker's Mills, but beware the moon.
'Silver Bullet' also stars Everett McGill of 'Twin Peaks' and 'The People Under The Stairs', and Megan Follows, star of 'Anne of Green Gables'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to please at sleepovers March 17 2004
By A Customer
I had a gaggle of teens over for sleepover, and they wanted to watch Fear.com. After checking with all you marvelous Amazon reviewers, I turned it off. They whined, so I brought out Silver Bullet. Yes, it is an old movie, but kudos to the DeLaurentis (director) and King.
The movie has such an impact. Picking a boy in a wheelchair was excellent. You sympathize because he is a child, and the feeling of being chased but not being able to run, classic nightmare stuff. The monster may look hokey at times, but once again, kudos for showing us the monster throughout the movie (in good lighting), and not just in the last few minutes. Blood, yes there is some, but barely reaching an R level. I would not show the movie to anyone younger than thirteen. BUT, it is much better than psycho slasher movies. Also, the victims are not all helpless women.
It did the trick at the sleepover, not a peep throughout the movie, and everyone too scared to sleep near a window when it was over.
Beware the full moon, especially if it falls in the cycle of the wolf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great fun! Feb. 13 2004
By A Customer
"Silver Bullet" is proof that you don't need great werewolf F/X to have a great werewolf movie. It's not that the werewolf looks particularly bad, just... average. But the fun is in the story.
Corey Haim (before he got famous and became an irritating joke) stars as Marty, a wheelchair-bound youngster who, midway through the movie, has an encounter with the beast that has been murdering townsfolk, including Marty's best pal and (in a very amusing scene) his sweetheart's drunken father. The beast is clearly a werewolf, but who will believe him? Surprisingly, only his snotty sister (Megan Follows) does, and this is the bond that carries the movie. The rapport between Haim and Follows is excellent, and their scenes together are often touching. The rest of the energy in the movie is provided by former (?) cocaine fiend Gary Busey as the siblings' alcoholic Uncle Red. Busey, whose career peaked in the 70's with his excellent work in "The Buddy Holly Story" and has been declining ever since, rebounds slightly in this movie with his highly entertaining character. Although Uncle Red is not the greatest role model for Marty, they clearly adore each other, even if Red's skepticism regarding the werewolf sometimes borders on the hysterical. The siblings discover the werewolf's human identity and try to come up with a plan for killing it, while Uncle Red struggles to swallow their story. It all builds to an exciting conclusion as the trio confront the beast on Halloween night.
The supporting cast of colorful townspeople adds immeasurably to the movie's enjoyment factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Stephen King movie
The first horror movie I every watched, and the plot is exactly as I remember it. A great Stephen King movie!
Published 1 month ago by TNT
4.0 out of 5 stars not to bad
defently has its moments .good cast of characters.good horror movie .fun for all to watch.classic for sure. must see movie
Published 5 months ago by anna&colin
3.0 out of 5 stars It was the last full moon of the spring of 1976
The movie starts out with hallmark type music and the voice over narration. It wasn't really the narration of the 1950s sci-fi movie but more of the narration of a hallmark... Read more
Published 11 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars SIlver Bullet
We had been looking for this movie for quite some time...It arrives just before Halloween. It was perfect timing...We watched it as a family movie night and we loved it!
Published on Oct. 31 2011 by Salgal
5.0 out of 5 stars Best performance werewolf movie
Most people complain (well some complain), about a boy (the rest with held if you have not seen this movie), taking on a werewolf. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2006 by A. Chaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Scary
This movie was really scary. It got really bad reviews, and I don't understand why. True, there is a little bit of gore in it at the beginning, but so what. Really well done. Read more
Published on June 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars AAAHHHH !
I want to make this clear !.To those who are familiar with the current trend in horror,this movie may be too childish .. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverbullet
I've seen alot of werewolf movies and this is by far the scarest for me. I think the special effects were great. It's alot scarier then American Werewolf in Paris or The Howling. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004
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