Gary Busey, Corey Haim, and Terry O’Quinn star in a werewolf story from horror maestro Stephen King. Is it good? Well no, especially considering the level of werewolf movies being made in this same period (The Howling, An American Werewolf in London). Is it entertaining? Yes, decidedly so.
Based on a Stephen King short story (Cycle of the Werewolf) Silver Bullet weaves the tale of a handicapped kid (Corey Haim) in a wheelchair who just happens to get himself involved in all sorts of crazy hijinks, including battling a wicked werewolf who is tearing his way through a small town.
The wolf effects are bad, really bad. Think cheesy rubber masks, unbelievable transformations, and wolf that looks like a bear. I found most of the humor of the movie came from either A. The wolf effects or B. Gary Busey.
Gary Busey plays the crazy uncle. Is using the word crazy in front of any character that Busey plays redundant? Busey is hilarious and is the real highlight of the acting crew. Haim is just the Haimster – the embodiment of the 80’s. Everyone else is passable in their roles. This movie wasn’t designed to give the actors deep meaningful parts. Most of the characters are just there to be disposed of at a time convenient for the plot.
Most viewers will figure out who the werewolf is relatively early but since this is a formulaic movie there are few red herrings thrown in there to confuse.
The best scene in the movie by far involves a werewolf, Haim, a firecracker on a stick, and an eyeball. Hopefully you can SEE where this one is going. Other than that, most of the scenes were fairly mellow by werewolf standards.
Silver Bullet is a decent but lacking 80’s werewolf film that will most certainly bring back a little nostalgia for the 80’s.
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