Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
What's it about
Based (loosely if I remember correctly) on Stephen King’s novelette Cycle of the Werewolf, Silver Bullet tells the tale of wheelchair-bound nose-picker Marty Coslaw (Cory Haim) as he struggles to convince his small town that they’ve got a werewolf in their midst – naturally, no one listens, and they all die.
Is it good movie?
What is it with the stigma the surrounds Stephen King films, or, to be more specific, films derived from Stephen King books? Is there something wrong with me because I’ve enjoyed pretty much every film – mini-series and TV movies withstanding – that has ever been adapted from something King has written? Am I truly all alone? I wonder, because most folks (folks I know at least), seem have a real hate on for most everything “based on” or “from a story by” Stephen King, but one flick that always seems to slip through the guard of even the most devout King fan is Silver Bullet. Is it because no one gives a shit about the book (novelette) on which it was based? I dunno. It might be a generational thing, but if you ask me, Silver Bullet stands shoulder to shoulder with An American Werewolf in London as one of the greatest werewolf movies there is –in fact, I’d go so far as to say Silver Bullet betters An American Werewolf in London and stands on its own as the best werewolf movie ever made. Opinions are like assholes, kids – I’m sure you know the rest.
I guess I just have a history with Silver Bullet. I grew up with the film. It was one of those weekend horror flicks that always seemed to find its way into my VCR when I was a kid. Like Robocop or Predator or Commando, Silver Bullet was a constant companion; never out of arms reach and always ready to entertain and lift my spirits. Shit, ask any kid who grew up in the 80’s and they’re likely to tell you the same thing.
I know what you're going to say:
But it’s not scary! Werewolf movies need to be scary!
Fair enough. I’d like to say that Silver Bullet terrified me and gave me night-sweats and days of lost sleep, but to me, Silver Bullet was never that film (weather it was intended to be or not), instead, it exists more as a comfortable blanket, or maybe even a sign post, designating the start of something I will never give up, never surrender…my love and devotion to the horror genre. Sure, Silver Bullet isn’t the be-all-end-all of horror films, and it certainly isn’t any sort of benchmark for the genre, but goddamn if it doesn’t give me a charge every-damn-time I watch it, and that my friends, is something – that is a power most horror films can only dream of holding.
Video / Audio
VIDEO: Paramount has provided fans of Silver Bullet with a very, very nice 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer that looks as good as this film is ever likely to look. Deep, rich blacks and wonderfully crisp and vibrant colors make for a winning, and eye pleasing, video transfer.
AUDIO: Dolby Digital Mono? Is that an oxymoron? It would have been nice of Paramount to bring Silver Bullet into the new century with a modern full-blown 5.1 mix, but alas, I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. The mono mix is passable though, and fans should be pleased enough with the video transfer to forgive the misgivings of the audio track.
Was I the only one clamoring for a full-on special edition of Silver Bullet? Apparently so, because this sumbitch is empty! Nothing. Zero. Zilch.
21 years after its release, Silver Bullet still, to this very day, slaps a kid-like smile across my face and reminds me of why I bothered to get involved with the horror genre in the first place. I love this movie.