Silver Bullet (1985)

R | 95 mins | Horror | 11 October 1985

Director:

Daniel Attias

Writer:

Stephen King

Producer:

Martha Schumacher

Cinematographer:

Armando Nannuzzi

Production Designer:

Giorgio Postiglione
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HISTORY

The film includes narration from the teenaged character “Jane Coslaw,” as an adult.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Filmed on location and at North Carolina Film Corporation Film Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina. Our Special Thanks to The People of Burgaw and Wilmington, North Carolina.”
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, producers Dino De Laurentiis and Martha Schumacher bought film rights to several of Steven King’s short stories, including, Cycle of the Werewolf, and commissioned King to write the screenplay for Silver Bullet. The origins of the short story began when Steven King was hired by a publisher to write the text to accompany an illustrated calendar with narration continuing each month. The idea about a handicapped boy saving a town from a werewolf came from the publisher, but King soon saw the potential for a short story. In the end, the calendar was never produced, but Steven King created a limited-edition, illustrated story, with artwork by Berni Wrightson. About 10,000 trade copies were reportedly printed in 1983, in addition to a limited number of autographed copies.
       The 19 Oct 1984 DV announced that principal photography had begun in Wilmington, N.C., and noted a title change from Cycle Of The Werewolf. However, production was delayed until 22 Oct 1984, according to the 18 Dec 1984 HR, which listed Burgaw, N.C. as an additional location.
       Production completed on 21 Dec 1984, according to the 24 Dec 1984 DV, which noted that the feature marked the directing debut of Daniel Attias, who previously served as assistant director ... More Less

The film includes narration from the teenaged character “Jane Coslaw,” as an adult.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Filmed on location and at North Carolina Film Corporation Film Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina. Our Special Thanks to The People of Burgaw and Wilmington, North Carolina.”
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, producers Dino De Laurentiis and Martha Schumacher bought film rights to several of Steven King’s short stories, including, Cycle of the Werewolf, and commissioned King to write the screenplay for Silver Bullet. The origins of the short story began when Steven King was hired by a publisher to write the text to accompany an illustrated calendar with narration continuing each month. The idea about a handicapped boy saving a town from a werewolf came from the publisher, but King soon saw the potential for a short story. In the end, the calendar was never produced, but Steven King created a limited-edition, illustrated story, with artwork by Berni Wrightson. About 10,000 trade copies were reportedly printed in 1983, in addition to a limited number of autographed copies.
       The 19 Oct 1984 DV announced that principal photography had begun in Wilmington, N.C., and noted a title change from Cycle Of The Werewolf. However, production was delayed until 22 Oct 1984, according to the 18 Dec 1984 HR, which listed Burgaw, N.C. as an additional location.
       Production completed on 21 Dec 1984, according to the 24 Dec 1984 DV, which noted that the feature marked the directing debut of Daniel Attias, who previously served as assistant director on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Oct 1984.
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Daily Variety
24 Dec 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 1985
p. 3, 18.
Los Angeles Times
11 Oct 1985
p. 4.
New York Times
11 Oct 1985
p. 18.
Variety
16 Oct 1985
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Dino De Laurentiis Production
Dino De Laurentiis Presents
International Film Corporation
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Focus puller
2d asst cam
Key grip
Dolly grip
Best boy/Generator op
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Asst prod des
Storyboard artist
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Draftsman
Set swing gang
Set swing gang
Set swing gang
Props
Lead carpenter
Head painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus rec at
Mus scoring eng
Electronic mus performed by
Electronic mus performed by
Digital mus sampling by
Orch
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Looping ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Re-rec at
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Creatures created by
Coord, Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Creature dept
Creature dept
Creature dept
Creature dept
Creature dept
Title artwork
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
Makeup/Hair asst
Supv, Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting, Feuer & Ritzer Inc.
Prod accountant
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Prod secy
Loc asst
Asst to Ms. Schumacher
Accounting asst
Accounting asst
Accounting asst
Unit pub
Transportation capt
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Casting asst
Addl casting
Financial consultant, Credit Lyonnais Bank
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novelette Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (1983).
AUTHOR
SONGS
“Joyride,” music by Jay Chattaway, lyrics and performed by Rob B. Mathes, recorded at The Carriage House
“Mansion Of Misery,” written by Michael Terry and Paul Hotchkiss, performed by Michael Terry, published by Touch Music, Inc./BMI, rerecorded at The Carriage House
“All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go,” written by Michael Terry, Paul Hotchkiss, and Phil Dolberg, performed by Patty Terry, published by Touch Music, Inc./BMI, rerecorded at The Carriage House.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Cycle of the Werewolf
Stephen King's Silver Bullet
Release Date:
11 October 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 11 Oct 1985
Production Date:
22 Oct--21 Dec 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Films, B.V.
Copyright Date:
21 November 1985
Copyright Number:
PA273546
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Camera and Anamorphic Lenses by Joe Dunton Cameras Ltd.
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27755
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Spring 1976 in Tarkers Mills, on the night of a full moon, the town drunk, Arnie Westrum, is attacked and decapitated by a werewolf. However, the county coroner claims his death resulted after he fell asleep on the railroad tracks. Teenager Jane Coslaw is annoyed by the antics of her younger brother, Marty, and his prankster friend, Brady Kincaid. After they frighten her with a snake, Jane falls into a mud puddle and refuses to speak to her wheelchair-bound brother. Jane later softens when Marty apologizes and gives her money to replace her torn panty hose. Sometime later, a woman named Stella Randolph is attacked and brutally killed by a werewolf, after it breaks through her bedroom window. Following the murder, Marty escorts classmate Tammy Sturmfuller home on their last day of school before summer break. He rides alongside her in “the Silver Bullet,” the gas-powered wheelchair made by his beloved “Uncle Red.” Tammy tells Marty that she is frightened after hearing strange noises coming from the greenhouse on her property. Marty wants to investigate, but is concerned the Silver Bullet will get stuck in the mud. Following his third divorce, Uncle Red comes to visit. Marty’s mother, Nan Coslaw, is not amused by her heavy-drinking brother, and asks Red not to drink around Marty. In time, Tammy’s father, Milt Sturmfuller, hears noises coming from the greenhouse, and takes his rifle to investigate. He is killed after a wolf breaks through the floorboards and attacks. The townsfolk are on high alert, fearing the unidentified “maniac” behind the killings. At a local pub, Andy ... +


In Spring 1976 in Tarkers Mills, on the night of a full moon, the town drunk, Arnie Westrum, is attacked and decapitated by a werewolf. However, the county coroner claims his death resulted after he fell asleep on the railroad tracks. Teenager Jane Coslaw is annoyed by the antics of her younger brother, Marty, and his prankster friend, Brady Kincaid. After they frighten her with a snake, Jane falls into a mud puddle and refuses to speak to her wheelchair-bound brother. Jane later softens when Marty apologizes and gives her money to replace her torn panty hose. Sometime later, a woman named Stella Randolph is attacked and brutally killed by a werewolf, after it breaks through her bedroom window. Following the murder, Marty escorts classmate Tammy Sturmfuller home on their last day of school before summer break. He rides alongside her in “the Silver Bullet,” the gas-powered wheelchair made by his beloved “Uncle Red.” Tammy tells Marty that she is frightened after hearing strange noises coming from the greenhouse on her property. Marty wants to investigate, but is concerned the Silver Bullet will get stuck in the mud. Following his third divorce, Uncle Red comes to visit. Marty’s mother, Nan Coslaw, is not amused by her heavy-drinking brother, and asks Red not to drink around Marty. In time, Tammy’s father, Milt Sturmfuller, hears noises coming from the greenhouse, and takes his rifle to investigate. He is killed after a wolf breaks through the floorboards and attacks. The townsfolk are on high alert, fearing the unidentified “maniac” behind the killings. At a local pub, Andy Fairton criticizes Sheriff Joe Haller for not catching the killer. Herb Kincaid comes into the bar and announces that his son, Brady, is missing. The sheriff finds Brady’s mutilated body in the park. Marty and his family attend the funeral, and Reverend Lowe offers words of comfort. Marty suggests to Uncle Red that the killer might be a werewolf, and his uncle laughs at the notion. Andy Fairton organizes a manhunt, but Sheriff Haller calls the search a “lynch mob” and orders they disband. Grief-stricken Herb Kincaid chastises the sheriff, and the search party sets off into the night. Reverend Lowe pleads with the mob to call off its search, but his request is ignored. Several townsfolk are killed when they are attacked in the foggy woods. Reverend Lowe has a nightmare of the townspeople turning into werewolves, and wakes up screaming. Tarkers Mills cancels the town carnival and enforces a curfew. Uncle Red surprises Marty with a new Silver Bullet he built, which resembles a motorcycle. Marty speeds down the street, passing cars along the way, and “popping wheelies.” Uncle Red bids farewell, and leaves Marty with a bag full of fireworks. Sometime later, Marty sneaks out of his house to set off the fireworks in the woods, and attracts the attention of the werewolf. As the creature approaches, Marty fires a rocket at it, striking its eye, then escapes on his Silver Bullet. He telephones Uncle Red the next morning and tells him he saw a werewolf, but his uncle does not believe him. Marty then tells his sister, Jane, what he saw. Under the ruse of a charity “can drive,” Jane knocks on doors, secretly looking for a resident with an eye injury. She begins to doubt Marty, and delivers her collected bottles to the church when she discovers that Reverend Lowe has a bandaged eye. He follows her into a shed, and she flees terrified. Jane asks Marty what they should do, as she fears adults will not believe them. Marty writes several anonymous letters to the Reverend, claiming to know his secret, and urging that he end his own life. Uncle Red visits a few days later, refuses to believe Marty, and is alarmed to hear of the sibling’s antics. Sometime later, Reverend Lowe follows Marty in his automobile, and tries to run the boy off the road and over a bridge. Marty narrowly escapes, and drives the Silver Bullet onto a deserted covered bridge, where it runs out of gas. Reverend Lowe’s automobile gets stuck in the mud, but he pursues Marty on foot, apologizing for what he is about to do. Marty pleads for his life, as Lowe threatens to drown him in the river. Marty is saved when he shouts to a passing farmer, and Reverend Lowe flees. When Marty returns home, Uncle Red refuses to believe him, until he finds Lowe’s automobile paint on the Silver Bullet’s fender. He reports his findings to Sheriff Haller, and urges him to investigate. The sheriff goes to the church at night, in search of Reverend Lowe, and sees the paint scrapes on the preacher’s automobile. Sheriff Haller attempts to arrest Lowe, who turns into a werewolf before his eyes. The werewolf kills the sheriff with a baseball bat to the head. After the sheriff disappears, Marty and Jane ask Uncle Red to turn their silver medallions into a bullet, and he reluctantly agrees. On Halloween, the night of the next full moon, Uncle Red and the siblings await the werewolf’s attack. The creature cuts off the power to their house, and breaks through the living room wall. In the chaos, Uncle Red drops the silver bullet and it falls down a vent. The wolf throws Uncle Red across the room, and goes after Jane, as Marty tries to retrieve the bullet. Uncle Red pulls the wolf off of Jane, as Marty reaches the silver bullet and loads the gun. He fires a shot into the creature’s good eye. The werewolf collapses and transforms back into Reverend Lowe, making a final lurch before dying. Marty lightens the moment with a joke, and embraces Jane. +

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