Silver Bullet (1985) (Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray Review)

Silver Bullet (1985) (Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Daniel Attias
Starring: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim
Rated: R18+/Region: B (Will play in A)/2:35/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Umbrella Entertainment

The small town of Tarker’s Mill was a place that was very peaceful, where nothing ever happened. Until one night, murders begin. The town people believe its some maniac killer on the loose and intend to hunt the man down. Marty, a young handicapped boy, believes that 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.

Set in the 70’s, Silver Bullet is narrated by a character named, Jane. Jane is played by Megan Follows. She goes into telling us all about the events that are about to unfold and how they related to her wheelchair-bound brother, Marty (Haim), and her crazy uncle, Red (Beusey). It’s a simple enough lead-in. Of course, with her being the narrator, you don’t really figure the film is smart enough to have a ghost of someone be telling the story, so if Jane will survive the events of the film or not never does seem to be in question. Which is OK, she’s not that interesting. The stars of the film, besides our werewolf, is Marty and Uncle Red. And as much as I’m sure everyone loved a young Corey Haim, I personally think we should give the devil his due and let it be known that it’s actually Gary Busey that steals the show. This man plays the best crazy uncle I can recall this side of John Candy and Uncle Buck. I will have to admit, I didn’t care who lived just as long as uncle Red made it.

But it’s still a very fun film that packs some tense and fun moments and scenes. The wolf transformation isn’t anything like the one in An American Werewolf in London, but it’s not bad. We also get a dose of gore in spots as well. Now we do have an issue in the film of our wolf using a bat to kill people more than once. Why does a wolf need a bat?? No wolf worth their grain in salt will need to beat someone to death, they’d simply maul someone to death. That’s the one bad spot on this otherwise very fun and cool film. I will, however, add back some of the points lost by the film for this misstep by the fact that they at least build up some mystery as to who the wolf is. It’s also a little anti-climatic, but besides that, it’s a pretty good time. Not to mention the campy nature of it all that goes a long way with me. The transfer looks good for the most part. Night shots are a bit tricky, but outside of that it looks dated but still very solid.

Extras

– Audio Commentary with Director Daniel Attias
– The Wolf Within – An Interview with Actor Everett McGillFull Moon Fever
– Interviews with Special Effects Artists Michael McCracken, Jr. and Matthew Mungle
– Dino’s Angel Takes on Lycanthropy: Martha De Laurentis Remembers SILVER BULLET (25 minutes)
– Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
– Theatrical trailer (HD)
– TV Spot
– Radio Spot
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 85%