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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.

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Nan Coslaw
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Bob Coslaw
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Brady Kincaid
Kent Broadhurst ...
Herb Kincaid
Heather Simmons ...
Tammy Sturmfuller
James A. Baffico ...
Milt Sturmfuller
Rebecca Fleming ...
Mrs. Sturmfuller
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Owen Knopfler
William Newman ...
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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>

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

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Cycle of the Werewolf  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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 »

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[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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Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) See more »

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Joyride
Music by Jay Chattaway
Lyrics Written and Performed by Rob. B. Mathes
Recorded at the Carriage House
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One of my all-time favorites...
23 January 2004 | by (http://www.cinema-crazed.com) – See all my reviews

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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