Adapted from author Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf, this campy thriller tells of a sleepy American town that’s terrorized by extreme sadistic murders. After investigating, the townspeople conclude that the killer’s a werewolf.
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Of all the Stephen King adaptations I've watched recently, "Silver Bullet" rings loudest as 'one for the fans.' That is, if you have a healthy appreciation for King's brand of horror—the dark underbelly of small town America—you'll likely enjoy this improbable team-up of Gary Busey's drunk Uncle Red and a wheelchair-bound Corey Haim against a 7-ft tall werewolf. Everyone else may find that as silly as it sounds.
The principal relationship between Gary Busey's drunken Uncle Red and Cory Haim's adoring nephew is the heart of the film. Their connection gives this silly, humorous bit of Stephen King nastiness the heart that it desperately needs. The werewolf (when finally revealed) looks too bear-like and silly. The dialogue often veers into corn pone cliche. Yet, a serious King fan will be enraptured. Solid B movie escapism.
A fun and entertaining werewolf flick with fine turns from Haim and Busey. Werewolf movies stand and fall by its fx and make up and sadly this one is not very good considering the competition. The direction is pretty good but the writing is quite haphazard and plot progression feels forced and heavy handed sometimes. Despite the movie's short comings it entertains and makes for a good time.