Stephen King's Silver Bullet

Released 1985


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Stephen King's Silver Bullit is horror suspense movie about a wheelchair-bound youth, Marty Coslaw (Corey Haim), who tries to solve a string of brutal murders in his hometown. The panic-stricken citizens of Tarker's Mills have no idea that they are at the mercy of a werewolf. Once the body count reaches four, a group of town vigilantes decide to take matters into their own hands and hunt down the perpetrator. The end result is more townspeople meeting violent deaths. After Marty and his sister Jane's (Megan Fellows) parents go out of town, the siblings are left in the care of their alcoholic Uncle Red (Gary Busey). After going out alone to shoot fireworks, Marty barely escapes a confrontation with the werewolf. The run-in with Marty leaves the werewolf with an identity-revealing injury. Marty, Jane and Uncle Red find themselves embroiled in a cat and mouse game as they try to protect Marty from the werewolf's wrath.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Most horror movies are exercises in unrelieved vulgarity, occasionally interrupted by perfunctory murders. This movie, to borrow an immortal comment by Mel Brooks, "rises below vul...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Liam Lacey

    Perhaps the major disappointment of Silver Bullet is that it never gets as bad as the beginning promises. From playing on the precipice of so-bad- it's-good, Silver Bullet bobs up ...

  • 25

    Chicago Tribune Rick Kogan

    A limp retelling of the werewolf legend that is about as frightening as a rubbery Richard Nixon mask.

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