Silver Bullet (1985)

Directed by Daniel Attias.  Written by Stephen King.  Starring Corey Haim, Megan Follows, Gary Busey, Terry O’Quinn, Bill Smitrovich and Everett McGill.

Plot: an 11-year-old boy and his 15-year-old sister, try to stop a werewolf in their quaint, little town of Tarker’s Mills.

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In the spring of 1976, things are pretty normal for the paralyzed Marty (Haim) and his big sister, Jane (Follows).  Their parents put a lot of pressure on Jane to take care of Marty, which we don’t think is fair, but their Uncle Red (Busey) tries to take some of the pressure off.  Like, he makes Marty his own motorized wheelchair and they call it the Silver Bullet.  But then the killings start to happen.

Among the deaths are a kid, Brady, who was Marty’s friend and after several other deaths, Marty begins to believe that maybe an actual monster is responsible.  The Sheriff of Tarker’s Mills is at a loss, so the town forms a lynch mob to find their own justice and that just leads to more of them dying.  Finally, Marty sneaks out one night and comes face to face with the werewolf.  But who’s going to believe him?  Well, his sister for one and Uncle Red for another.  The three of them then devise a plan to take the werewolf out.

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Corey Haim did paralyzed really well.  He was such a good actor at one time, as was Busey.  Overall, the movie was acted very well.  It was like a sweet teen drama about siblings mixed with a horror movie.  It had a superb script, it followed rules, was realistic and had decent makeup.  The last half was better than the first half, but altogether it was truly something.  And we recommend it wholeheartedly for Halloween.

My score: 78.  DJ’s score: 73.

“I feel like a virgin on Prom night!”

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