Silver Bullet (1985) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Daniel Attias
Starring: Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Megan Follows
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
In Stephen King’s thrilling adaptation of his novelette, Cycle Of The Werewolf, a peaceful town is suddenly terrorized by a maniacal killer. The townsfolk think a madman is on the loose, but a wheelchair-bound 13-year-old (Corey Haim, The Lost Boys) knows the truth … a werewolf is on the hunt. With the help of his Uncle Red (Gary Busey, Lethal Weapon), young Marty Coslaw sets out to stop the half-man/half-beast before he sinks his teeth into another innocent victim. Now, time is ticking … and the full moon is about to rise.
In the history of films dealing with werewolves, two films seem to always be named as the best. One of those is An American Werewolf in London. The other is this film here written by Stephen King, Silver Bullet. Silver Bullet here was based of a story from King and was directed by a man named, Daniel Attias. It also has such stars in it, such as a very young Corey Haim and a less crazy, Gary Busey. When you add it all up with a very bad wolf, you have the makings of a werewolf movie that I wouldn’t call the best, but it’s still pretty darn fun. Set in the 70s, 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 (Busey). 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.
-NEW Audio Commentary With Producer Martha De Laurentiis
– NEW Cutting To The Bone – An Interview With Editor Daniel Loewenthal
– NEW A Little Private Justice – An Interview With Actor Kent Broadhurst
– The Wolf Within – An Interview With Actor Everett McGill
– Full Moon Fever – The Effects Of Silver Bullet – An Interview With Special Effects Artists Matthew Mungle And Michael McCracken
– Audio Commentary With Director Daniel Attias
– Isolated Score Selections And Audio Interview With Composer Jay Chattaway
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
– Radio Spot
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 90%