The occupants of a small town are shaken by a series of gruesome animal attacks over a period of several nights following the full moon. A wheelchair-bound boy named Marty, with the help of his sister and his uncle, tries to figure out the mystery of who is causing it. At first everyone suspects a sadistic killer, but as the murders continue it becomes clear that they are facing something not quite human, but not quite animal ...
For some reason, I've never been as in love with this movie as I know many werewolf fans are. Perhaps I simply expected more from a Stephen King werewolf movie. Perhaps if I'd seen it when I was a child I would like it more, since aside from a few grisly moments that does seem to be the main target audience. While it does have some wonderful visual scenes and some decent special effects, I think even the most ardent fan of this movie has to admit that there are an awful lot of missteps involved - the intrusive voiceover from Marty's older sister being a prime example.
The idea of the lead character being a small, helpless boy in a wheelchair on the run from a werewolf is promising, but it doesn't really do anything to get to the heart of what werewolf folklore is all about and the reasons why werewolves are such a frightened concept. We also fail to sympathise with the werewolf, something that they understood was necessary even way back in the 1930s (except for perhaps in one of the better scenes of this movie). Apart from the far superior special effects in this movie, I think the 1970s flick "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is much better.
In terms of the people involved, Corey Haim puts in a good performance as does Gary Busey. The director Daniel Attias never helmed another movie again - although he did go on to have a very prolific career as a television director, working on episodes of some classic TV shows.
Aside from a couple of shining moments, this is ultimately a fairly uninteresting and decidely unscary movie, far short of what you expect from Stephen King. That said, a lot of fans seem to like it - so what do I know?
This is way too different from the book, but definitely good. See it if
you're lookin' to waste 94 minutes and some odd seconds.
Silver Bullet is the film version of Stephen King's Cycle of the Werewolf(which is a fun read). While the film is not quite as good as the novella, it is good in its own right. The werewolf looks small when it is revealed, but it is effective for the most part. The best scene is where the werewolf rips apart a loud-mouthed hunting party. It is thrilling and scary. The preacher's dream, which was spectacular in the book, is sadly lampooned in this movie, one of the few lowpoints.
Overall, it is a fun werewolf film. On an interesting note, this is the first werewolf movie I ever saw.
I have a sad affection for this movie, being that it was one of the first werewolf movies I saw. Yes it can be a bit tedious and lackluster, but to be totally fair isn't that what one expects while watching a movies based on a book? I enjoyed the find-the-werewolf-in-the-fog scene and there are a few laughs in the movie. The werewolf could use definite touching up(bipeadal werewolves irk me anyway) but the movie has its moments. I have also been told that one of the men sitting at the bar is my great-grand uncle... but which one?
Silver Bullet is a good werewolf movie and one of my favorites, and to almost anyone from the werewolf horror genre. So this is a great movie not a classic but a great adition to the sub genre of werewolf movies. In the words of JoeBob 4 moons check it out.
"Marty researched werewolf legends," says our intrusive female narrator. "And although they differed on minor points, they all agreed on one thing. It takes silver to kill a werewolf."
Actually, the idea of using silver to kill a werewolf is very, very rarely mentioned in folklore -- most of the time werewolves are killed through perfectly conventional means (generally being burnt alive). More likely Stephen King has just been watching Lon Chaney Jr. in "The Wolf Man". And there's another thing -- this movie has the the first couple of murders taking place at the full moon, and then continuing on throughout the month. They later explain that he can change anytime, but he's stronger at the full moon.
The design of the werewolf itself isn't bad, except for the paws. This is important because this is how the beast is introduced to us -- we see a paw moving on screen, and they just look silly, like a fluffy bear paw or something. Otherwise the werewolf is quite impressive, although probably a step backwards from American Werewolf and The Howling. We don't really get the impression of how dangerous the monster is, which I guess it the directors fault. The transformation effects are pretty good, but not on the same level as Rick Baker's earlier, truly innovative work. In short, most of the good stuff here is easily outweighed by the frustration of how good this movie could have been.