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Silver Bullet (1985)

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>

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Taglines:

When darkness falls, terror rises. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Netherlands

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)

Gross USA:

$5,400,000
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Company Credits

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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

Marty and Jane's offer to their silver medallion and cross to their Uncle get them made into a silver bullet, it is a subtle reference to the story of the Beast of Gévaudan; probably the most famous werewolf story in history and the origin of the silver bullet myth. In the story a werewolf rampaged through the French countryside for three years in or near a town called Gévaudan. According to the story, after the beast killed the wife and child of a local hunter by the name of Jean Chastel, he had his cross, a family heirloom, made into a silver bullet and made the local the priest bless it three times. Because of its popularity, this story has found its way into many works of fiction regarding werewolves. See more »

Goofs

Silver is too soft to form a usable bullet. The heat from the gunpowder going of combined with the velocity of the round and boring of the barrel make them fly offline and lose speed immediately after leaving the barrel. The bullet would be too far off the line of fire for accuracy even in as little as three feet (which is much closer than the werewolf is when shot). 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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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Burn in Hell See more »

Soundtracks

All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go
Written by Michael Terry, Paul Hotchkiss and Phil Dolberg
Performed by Patty Terry
Published by Touch Music, Inc.
Recorded at the Carriage House
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User Reviews

 
Great werewolf movie.
18 March 2006 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Wheelchair-bound teenager Cory Haim,his sister and his alcoholic uncle(Gary Busey)uncover a werewolf who has terrorized a small New England town of Tarker Mills for years.One night a drunken railroad engineer looses his head and the town think he just fell asleep on the tracks,until more murders begin to happen,each one more gruesome than the next.Soon the townsfolk believe its some maniac killer on the loose and intend to hunt the man down.Marty Coslaw,a young wheelchair bound boy,believes that the killer is no man at all,but a werewolf..."Silver Bullet" is an adaptation of Stephen King's short story.The film itself is quite enjoyable and has a special place in my heart,mainly because I saw it for the first time when I was a kid.The story is gripping and surprisingly atmospheric and there are some gory deaths.The acting is fine and the action is never dull.Overall,if you haven't seen this one yet give it a try.Fans of werewolf horror movies won't be disappointed. 8 out of 10.


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