Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: Silver Bullet

I was planning on watching and reviewing this film before I found out about Corey Haim's death, which is weird. I've had it since before Halloween and this is the first time I watched it, so it's about time.

Based on Stephen King's novella, Cycle of the Werewolf, Silver Bullet tells the story of young Marty (Corey Haim), who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. People in his hometown are being brutally slaughtered and the sheriff (Terry O'Quinn) can't find the identity of the killer. But Marty knows. The murderer is a werewolf and he needs the help of his sister (Megan Follows) and his uncle (Gary Busey) to kill it.

The first half of the film is very suspenseful. Lots of characters are killed by the werewolf, but for the most part, the gore is shown off-screen. But after Marty's encounter with the werewolf the pace slows down. The film felt longer than 90 minutes.

The identity of the werewolf was very surprising. I had no clue. And I was shocked at his reasoning to kill certain people. He really didn't need to have a motive, he's an animal, but I still thought it was an interesting twist.

Everyone in the film gives a great performance. I've loved Megan Follows since Anne of Green Gables. Corey Haim does a fantastic job as Marty. I can't believe he's gone....

Rating: 3/5


R.D. Penning said...

I'm a Stephen King obsessed fiend! So of course I love this movie, although as usual Cycle of the Werewolf the novella is better than the movie.

Melissa Helwig said...

The novella is good? I have pretty much all Stephen King's books except for that one. I bought them all used, but haven't come across Cycle of the Werewolf yet.