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 Coslaw residence was an actual home used in Wilmington, North Carolina. Though the interiors were a set on a sound stage, the actual home itself was relocated in the 1990s to another area in town due to a massive shopping center that was built in it's place. See more »
The narrator of the movie says that the full moon in 1976 fell on October 31. This is incorrect as the moon was just past half on October 31, 1976. She also states that the moon had not set yet and that it was already 3:00 AM. Moonset for October 31, 1976, was at 1:42 AM. 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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The UK DVD release of the film in 2001 contains the original movie trailer and spoken commentary by director Daniel Attias, both of which is not available on any other officially released DVD including the US. See more »
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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