The townsfolk in Tarker’s Mills are terrified. There is a psychopath on the loose killing off the residence of the quite little town. No one in the town has any clue who the killer is and the cops are baffled. Now as one boy, who is in a wheelchair, discovers exactly what the killer is and who the killer is, he takes it upon himself to stop this killer before he kills another person. The only problem is that the killer is actually a werewolf and he needs a silver bullet in order to destroy this monster.
The movie opens with the werewolf attacking a man near the train tracks. The police find his head on the tracks the next morning and think that he got drunk and walked in front of a train. Later on we meet Marty, who is our star of the film. He is crippled and is forced to a wheelchair. Marty and his best friend Brady decide to play a prank on Marty’s sister Jane. They decide to scare her with a snake. Later on the werewolf kills more people and it soon kills Brady. When Brady is killed the townsfolk decide to take the law into their own hands because they feel that the police is doing nothing about it. This proves to be a bad idea when the werewolf decides to attack and kills quite a few of them. Pretty soon Marty discovers who exactly the werewolf is, and now it’s up to him, his sister, and his Uncle Red to catch this monster before it’s too late.
I had heard nothing but good things about this film. I never really was a fan of werewolf movies, but I have seen a few that I really like. My favorite werewolf movies being “An American Werewolf in London” and “Ginger Snaps.” So, how does this one compare with those two classic werewolf movies? Well it isn’t nearly as good, but it sure is a fun film. Sure the werewolf is nothing more than a man in a suit, but it was filmed back in 1985, so they didn’t have the effects they have now. Of course, “An American Werewolf in London” was filmed in 1981 and the werewolf in that movie looked quite good. Still, the effects in this movie are still good and there is enough gore to please any gore hound. There are also a good bit of humorous scenes as well. I loved the scene where the werewolf killed that guy in the woods with the baseball bat. For some reason I found that amusing. If you’re a fan of werewolf movies, then I am sure you’ve already seen this movie and I am sure you love it. It’s not as good as “An American Werewolf in London” or “Ginger Snaps,” but it is definitely better than all those “Howling” sequels. This is one of Stephen King’s better films and I recommend this one to all horror fans. I give Silver Bullet a 7 out of 10.