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Silver Bullet (1985)

R | | Horror | 11 October 1985 (USA)
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.

Director:

Daniel Attias

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Stephen King (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Uncle Red
Everett McGill ... Reverend Lowe
Corey Haim ... Marty Coslaw
Megan Follows ... Jane Coslaw
Robin Groves ... Nan Coslaw
Leon Russom ... Bob Coslaw
Terry O'Quinn ... Sheriff Joe Haller
Bill Smitrovich ... Andy Fairton
Joe Wright ... Brady Kincaid
Kent Broadhurst ... Herb Kincaid
Heather Simmons Heather Simmons ... Tammy Sturmfuller
James A. Baffico James A. Baffico ... Milt Sturmfuller
Rebecca Fleming Rebecca Fleming ... Mrs. Sturmfuller
Lawrence Tierney ... Owen Knopfler
William Newman ... Virgil Cuts
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Storyline

The small town of Tarker's Mills was a place that was very peaceful, where nothing extraordinary ever happened until one night when murders began. The townspeople believe it's some maniacal killer on the loose whom they intend to hunt down. Marty, a young handicapped boy, believes the killer is no man at all, but a werewolf. After a run-in with the werewolf, Marty and his sister Jane hunt all over town for the man who is the werewolf. Written by <webmistress@shiversofhorror.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Part human. Part wolf. Total terror. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cycle of the Werewolf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,013,563, 14 October 1985

Gross USA:

$12,361,866

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,361,866
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At a personal appearance in North Hollywood, California, in the fall of 1999, Gary Busey discussed his experiences in making this film- including doing all his own stunts. In the film's ending, where he is thrown around the room, Busey said this was achieved by having him (off camera) run and jump on to an air-compressed catapult which would then launch him through the air and into various pieces of breakaway furniture. He sustained an actual injury in the part where he lands into the mirror due to the artificial glass. This is evidenced in the film where a piece is seen embedded into his arm (which bleeds) as he falls to the ground. He went on to say that his reaction of the werewolf breaking through the wall was genuine as there was no rehearsal of that scene and it was completed in a single take. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Fairton was a witness to the massacre of the lynch mob in the swamp. He saw people being tossed around and ripped apart by something not human. He even saw the large, hairy claws ripping Mr. Aspinall's face apart. But still, people think it's an ordinary psycho killer when he can verify that it's not human. The only other time he's shown, he's acting calmly as if nothing ever happened. At the very least, he'd be scared enough to move or stay indoors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Older Jane: [Older Jane narrating] The last full moon of that Spring came a little more than a month before school let out for Summer vacation. Our town's long nightmare began that night.
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: Everett McGill is billed twice - once as Reverend Lowe at the top of the credits and as Werewolf at the bottom of the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK DVD release of the film in 2001 contains the original movie trailer and spoken commentary by director Daniel Attias, both of which is not available on any other officially released DVD including the US. See more »

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Soundtracks

Joyride
Music by Jay Chattaway
Lyrics Written and Performed by Rob. B. Mathes
Recorded at the Carriage House
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User Reviews

Very Underrated
12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Silver Bullet (1985)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

I know An American Werewolf in London and The Howling usually get all the praise but for my money this is the best werewolf film of the 1980s. I thought everyone loved this film until getting the internet and reading how many people actually didn't enjoy it but I still love it. I think the film works well as a coming of age story with all the horror elements thrown in for good measure. Kinda like a horror version of The Goonies with Corey Haim and Gary Busey doing great work together. The supporting cast of actors also serve well in the story. The scene in the fog and the ending are full of wonderful tension as well.


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