Film Review: Silver Bullet (1985)

Into the Dark - Film Review: Silver Bullet (1985)

A young brother and sister reconcile their differences while a werewolf preys on their quaint town in this nifty adaptation of Stephen King’s short novella, The Cycle of the Werewolf.  The combination of ‘monster movie’ and ‘coming of age movie’ is what really sets this flick apart.  The result is a film that’s as sweet and nostalgic as it is spooky and thrilling — so I find it kinda special.

The late Corey Haim (still weird to write that) and Megan Follows do good jobs as the siblings and Gary Busey is perfect as the drunk uncle… a stretch, I know.  Together, they try to uncover the identity of their furry foe. There’s nothing especially remarkable about the film’s execution, but it’s competently directed by Daniel Attias, who has since gone on to direct about half of all the scripted television you’ve ever seen (seriously, check out his IMDB page). Everett McGill is well-cast as the town preacher and Jay Chattaway serves up a nice piano/synth score that’s at turns tender and forboding.  There’s just enough gore and violence to warrant an R-rating, and the werewolf effects by Carlo Rambaldi aren’t too shabby.

Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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