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Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet' (1985)




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In this undistinguished Stephen King horror adaptation, the good residents of Tarker's Mill are dense enough to ignore or explain away a series of violent deaths until a little boy is torn to pieces while flying his kite after dark. At that point, the men gang up and go into the fog-shrouded woods to hunt down whatever slasher is out there. The most they achieve is the sighting of one hairy arm and a few more sacrificial victims. But life goes on, and when the summer fireworks show is cancelled because people have deduced it might be fatal to stay out after dark, the Coslaw family's invalid, wheelchair-bound son Marty goes coasting off to the bridge to shoot his own fireworks. Needless to say, the hairy killer beast that is certain to be lurking there gets shot in the eyeball by one of Marty's rockets and is now an unhappy hairy killer beast. Even when a respected town biggie starts wearing an eyepatch, no one really takes notice. They must not watch many horror films.more
Rating: R (for intense, graphic horror violence/gore, language and alcohol/smoking used)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen King
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2002
Paramount Home Video


Corey Haim
as Marty Coslaw
Gary Busey
as Uncle Red
Megan Follows
as Jane Coslaw
Everett McGill
as Reverend Lowe/Werewo...
Robin Groves
as Nan Coslaw
Leon Russom
as Bob Coslaw
Terry O'Quinn
as Sheriff Joe Haller
Bill Smitrovich
as Andy Fairton
Joe Wright
as Brady Kincaid
Kent Broadhurst
as Herb Kincaid
Heather Simmons
as Tammy Sturmfuller
James A. Baffico
as Milt Sturmfuller
Tovah Feldshuh
as Older Jane
Rebecca Fleming
as Mrs. Sturmfuller
Lawrence Tierney
as Owen Knopfler
Graham F. Smith
as Porter Zinneman
William Newman
as Virgil Cuts
Steven White
as Outfielder
Sam Stoneburner
as Mayor O'Banion
Lonnie Moore
as Billy McLaren
Rick Pasotto
as Aspinall
Wendy Walker
as Stella Randolph
Michael Lague
as Boy Friend
W.H. Brown
as Bobby Robertson
Herb Harton
as Elmer Zinneman
David Hart
as Pete Sylvester
William Brown
as Bobby Robertson
Graham Smith
as Porter Zinneman
Paul Butler
as Edgar Rounds
Crystal Field
as Maggie Andrews
Pearl Jones
as Mrs.Thayer
Ish Jones Jr.
as Mr. Thayer
Roxanne Aalam
as Uncle Red's Girl
Steve White
as Outfielder
James Gammon
as Arnie Westrum
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

When I think of great horror films, when I think of great werewolf films, and when I think of a great King film, I think of this.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
Film Threat

A horror flick for young fans who aren't quite prepared for the really scary stuff.

Full Review… | November 15, 2006

Werewolves are on the prowl! Sometimes effective, sometimes biting.

March 31, 2006

Fairly effective werewolf flick with medium production values

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'

Surprisingly, the werewolf aspects are the weakest part of the film. The character relationships between Marty and his sister (who is always blamed for his shortcomings despite his disability) and with Uncle Red are heartfelt and engrossing. The voiceover by a grown-up Jane sounds like a half-hearted 'Wonder Years' episode but otherwise I adored Busey as the raucous ne'er-do-well uncle and the fact that Marty is not such an angel given his condition. Overall this is a mixed bag but it is noteworthy for its sharp characterizations, the macabre, under-the-radar humor and a truly sinister reason for the werewolf to not commit suicide because it is considered a sin.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


Silver Bullet is pretty good werewolf film. Corey Haim gives a good performance and so does Gary Busey. Silver Bullet is based on a short story by Stephen King, and like every King adaptation it's creepy and chilling. The werewolf effects are great and terrifying. The film is definitely a thrill ride, and is a terrific horror film. Despite this film being horrifying and thrilling, the film does have a few flaws. Silver Bullet feels like a teen version of a Werewolf film due to the fact that heartthrob Corey Haim plays a crippled kid. this film could have benefited from a stronger storyline as well. The film has some tense, scary moments, but at times the terror feels a bit forced and it prevents Silver Bullet to reaching it's full potential. Otherwise, a pretty good film, if you like werewolf films, then Silver Bullet will give you a different take on the werewolf myth, but this ain't no American Werewolf In London.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Silver Bullet reaks with cheese, and not the enjoybaly stinky cheese. This is the rancid kind that leaves a sour odour in the room even after it's been disposed of.
Based on Stephen King's great novella, Cycle of the Werewolf, Silver Bullet takes place not over the course of a year, but seemingly a few days, where every night seems to be a full moon. The werewolf effects are really bad, even for a 1980s movie. But then again, when has a werewolf movie ever had good effects.
The movie also opens and closes like a family drama. Wtf? Is this supposed to be a coming of age story where siblings learn to cope with one another, or a movie about a werwolf terrorizing the small town of Tarker Mills?
The concept isn't bad, but instead of playing the film for the straight up horror flick that it is, the movie decides to ham everything up. It doesn't want to work to invoke fear in its audience. But then again, how scary can a puppet werewolf be?

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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