One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »
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
The fireworks on the bridge scenes were filmed on two separate occasions, months apart. After principal photography was completed, in the fall of 1984, they discovered a continuity problem. The wide shots and close-ups of Marty lighting the fireworks didn't match. They returned four months later to re-do these scenes, and by then (due to the seasonal change) much of the foliage and trees had lost their leaves. Great lengths were taken in the close pick-up shots not to show this in the background. See more »
After Marty returns from shooting the werewolf in the eye and huddles against his bedroom wall, you can partially see a Reggie Jackson California Angels poster next to him. The film takes place in 1976, yet Jackson didn't join the Angels until 1982. See more »
[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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I first saw this movie when I was ten years old, my uncle, a horror fanatic, showed this to me and my brother and it scared the living soul out of me.
Ten years later it still remains as one of my favorite horror films of all time and I consider it one of the best of King's work.
When a small town is being ravaged by horrible mutilations, townsfolks begin to think it may be a monster doing the killings. A small crippled boy comes in contact with the werewolf and confides in his older sister and uncle and they all set out on a search for the monster. What they discover will be shocking.
The film is very well directed and relies a lot on tension and atmosphere and solely on the acting which is performed well by Corey Haim, Megan Follows and Garey Busey who is immensely likable and memorable as the uncle.
The film itself as a horror movie is excellent with a lot of sheer tension and some great horror scenes in which we never see the werewolf until the end. That's an aspect that makes this film truly horrifying and the murders are gruesome and never pulls its punches. The mysterious identity of the werewolf is shocking and it leaves us on pins and needles until the exciting end of the film.
I highly suggest this among horror fans and think it's worth a look.
***half out of **** stars.
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