Movie Review: SILVER BULLET (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

SILVER BULLET is based on the Stephen King novella “Cycle of the Werewolf.” The movie was directed by Daniel Battias from a screenplay by Stephen King and stars Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows, Terry O’Quinn, Kent Broadhurst, Lawrence Tierney and Bill Smitrovich. The music is by Jay Chattaway.

A peaceful town is suddenly terrorized by a maniacal killer. The townsfolk think a madman is on the loose, but a wheelchair-bound 13-year-old (Corey Haim) knows the truth … a werewolf is on the hunt. With the help of his Uncle Red (Gary Busey), young Marty Coslaw sets out to stop the half-man/half-beast before he sinks his teeth into another innocent victim. Now, time is ticking … and the full moon is about to rise.

The story for this 1985 horror classic takes place in a small town and follows Marty Coslaw (Corey Haim), a paralized 13-year-old kid who’s charismatic Uncle Red (Gary Busey) builds him a hot rod wheelchair they nickname “Silver Bullet.” Marty doesn’t have a great relationship with his sister Jane (Megan Follows) because he’s a bit of a prankster but when times call for it they’re definitely there for each other. The plot mainly focuses on these three characters and the terrifying things happening around them.

There’s some unexplained deaths that have happened in town and when Marty accidentally discovers that Reverend Lowe (Everett McGill) is behind them all he becomes the killer’s next target. Reverend Lowe lives with a curse and has a twisted way to justify the people he murders and now it’s Marty’s turn. Marty and Jane know about Reverend Lowe’s big secret but getting their wild and crazy uncle to hop on board is the hard part. Eventually, the brother and sister get their uncle to come around and he’s also able to come up with one silver bullet for them to stop the werewolf when it attacks.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the new artwork by Devon Whitehead you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc feature some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Another job well done by Scream Factory!

Bottom line is, Silver Bullet is another one of those great horror classics from the 80’s that takes me back to my childhood. This movie blew me away when I was a kid and it’s still just as fun today. Yes, there’s a werewolf in the movie but the story is really about a flawed family. The relationship this paralized kid has with his jealous sister and charismatic uncle with issues is the heart of the story and what drives it home. The cast does a fantastic job with their characters – Corey Haim nails it as the mischievous kid in a wheelchair, Gary Busey delivers as the obnoxious uncle and Everett McGill is the perfect choice as the villian. The movie features some impressive old school special effects (blood and gore) that look good on screen. The werewolf on the other hand doesn’t look that great up close but thankfully the camera stays away just enough to make it all work. Daniel Battias did a really good job directing Silver Bullet and his work is complimented nicely by some impressive lighting, cinematography and set designs. I had a blast revisiting this 1985 horror classic that deserves an awesome release like this. Silver Bullet will finally be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray in the U.S. on December 17th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, interviews with some of the cast and crew, an isolated score track, theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spot and still gallery.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with producer Martha De Laurentiis
  • NEW Cutting to the Bone – an interview with editor Daniel Loewenthal (16:39)
  • NEW A Little Private Justice – an interview with actor Kent Broadhurst (11:51)
  • The Wolf Within – an interview with actor Everett McGill (16:15)
  • Full Moon Fever – The Effects of SILVER BULLET – an interview with special effects artists Matthew Mungle and Michael McCracken
  • Audio Commentary with director Daniel Attias (21:03)
  • Isolated Score Selections and audio interview with composer Jay Chattaway
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:27)
  • TV Spot (00:31)
  • Radio Spot (00:39)
  • Still Gallery (06:20)
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