Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'


Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'

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In this horror film, based on the novella Cycle of the Werewolf, by Stephen King, a werewolf is terrorizing a small town and it is up to a disabled boy, Marty Coslaw (Corey Haim), and his uncle (Gary Busey) to free the town from its beastly threat.


Corey Haim
as Marty Coslaw
Gary Busey
as Uncle Red
Megan Follows
as Jane Coslaw
Everett McGill
as Reverend Lowe/Werewolf
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
Graham F. Smith
as Porter Zinneman
Lawrence Tierney
as Owen Knopfler
Steven White
as Outfielder
William Newman
as Virgil Cuts
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
Graham Smith
as Porter Zinneman
William Brown
as Bobby Robertson
Paul Butler
as Edgar Rounds
Crystal Field
as Maggie Andrews
Pearl Jones
as Mrs.Thayer
Ish Jones Jr.
as Mr. Thayer
Steve White
as Outfielder
Roxanne Aalam
as Uncle Red's Girl
James Gammon
as Arnie Westrum
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'

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Audience Reviews for Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'

  • Jan 19, 2019
    Like a children's horror movie that still has some actual horror, Busey chews up Silver Bullet hard, because of course he does, but it was still pretty enjoyable. If you are feeling a retro sort a deal, I can recommend it, not strongly, but there's a mood you can be in where Silver Bullet is much appreciated.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2017
    I'll just get this out of the way right now, I think this movie may have been the last time that Gary Busey played a character that actually resembled somewhat of an actual human being. This man is absolutely insane. And I mean that in the most complimentary manner possible. With that out of the way, film adaptations of Stephen King books/stories/etc have never been known for their high quality. There's exceptions to the rule, of course, particularly for a guy who's as prolific as King has been during his entire career. Examples of quality movies adapted from King stories/books range from: Carrie, Misery, Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, Dolores Claiborne. I'm sure I'm missing some, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind. If there's a common theme between them, it's that, with the exception of Carrie, none of them are horror films. Misery has some horrific scenes, for sure, but I don't think of it as a full-on horror film, at least not like what King has been known for. And, much to my surprise, I found that I actually enjoyed this movie. It's obviously nothing resembling a classic, but this is a movie that you don't really hear much about when people talk about solid King adaptations. And this is coming from someone who isn't even much of a fan of the werewolf genre. There's obviously some good movies in the genre, but when compared to vampires or even zombies, the werewolves are lagging way behind when it comes to quality movies. You got An American Werewolf in London, Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps. Again, those are the first ones that came to mind, but those are also the most famous, and I'm not counting the 40s Wolf Man, because that one is just kind of obvious. I guess we can add this movie to the good pile. And I maybe have just been in a great mood, so it's very possible that someone else sees this and sees the worst horror movie they've ever seen. I'd disagree vehemently with that, but it's very possible. Part of the reason I thought the movie worked was because the central characters the film focuses on, Marty, Jane and Red, are actually solidly developed. They're obviously not meant to be super complex characters, but I like how the film focuses on that dynamic and how Marty, his sister and uncle react to the series of brutal murders that start happening around the town. It's got all the basic stuff, Red (the uncle) doesn't believe Marty when he says he saw a werewolf. There's also the entire town going out and finding (and killing) the person responsible for the murders in a witch hunt. So, really, there's absolutely nothing that you haven't seen before, but I still found the entire film to be quite entertaining. There's some corny scenes, as is to be expected in an 80s horror movie, but they add to the charm. And there's a decent amount of gore too. The acting is quite solid all around. Corey Haim was quite good and he had strong chemistry with Gary Busey and Megan Follows, his uncle and sister in the film respectively. The fact that the film has a sense of humor also helps. It adds levity to some of the film's scenes and it's good that it didn't take itself so seriously. It's not a perfect movie, not even close if we're being honest, but for what it wanted to do, I thought it achieved that perfectly well. This isn't meant to be a horror classic, and it wasn't intended to be. It was designed to be a good time at the movies and I certainly had fun watching this. I wouldn't give this a completely glowing recommendation, but if you want something that's easily digestible, horror and entertaining all at the same time, then you can't really go wrong with this flick.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2014
    The werewolf horror film Silver Bullet is a frightening tale that's held back a bit by a weak script. Based on a Stephen King novel, a young boy comes to believe that a werewolf is responsible for a series of brutal killings, and sets out to uncover the wolf's identity. Despite the interesting premise, the writing is rather poor and has trouble keeping a consistent tone. And, the werewolf costume is atrocious (a guy in a suit level of bad). However, the cast is pretty good, and features Corey Haim, Everett McGill, and Gary Busey. A classic '80s horror film, Silver Bullet delivers some scares but doesn't quite live up to its potential.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2012
    Most of the Stephen King adaptations are dull, boring, mindless horror flicks that are unworthy of being compared to the novels they were based upon. I haven't read the source material for "Silver Bullet," which is probably why my rating is higher than it should be, but it isn't quite as bad as some of others. Granted, it's cheesy and poorly realized, and the acting, writing and direction are all uninspired, but it has some moments of campy humor that work well and Busey's supporting performance is likable. "Silver Bullet" isn't a good film by any means, but it works well at passing time.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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