When the day comes that I'm found dead somewhere and my legacy is being discussed by literally no one, I hope it's said that one of the few positive things I did during my time on Earth was to champion 1985's Silver Bullet, the Daniel Attias-directed adaptation of the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. It's a movie I've been talking up for years all over the site. Back in 2015, I wrote a "Movies I Love" piece on it. Last year, I recorded a podcast on it as part of our crossover event with Blake Fichera, host of the Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers and Scored to Death podcasts. I just recorded another podcast about it when I guested on our friend Margo Donohue's podcast Book vs. Movie. It has long been a favorite of mine, so having a platform to sing its praises was not an opportunity I intended to squander.
I've always described Silver Bullet as To Kill a Mockingbird meets a monster movie, which is precisely why I love it. The horror aspects are fun, which cool gory kills and angry mobs attacked in the fog-covered woods, but what puts the movie over the top for me is its naked sentimentality: the way that the characters relate to one another, the use of corny voiceover, the syrupy sweetness of Jay Chattaway's score.
I'm so happy to finally have a Blu-ray of one of my favorite horror movies, and especially one that helps fill in the gaps about a production that hasn't been covered as much as a lot of other horror films. I've had questions for years about Silver Bullet, and this disc finally answers a bunch of them. It's nice to be able to retire my old DVD for a copy that looks and sounds better, too. Mostly, though, I'm just happy that this release gives me another chance to watch and talk about Silver Bullet again. It really is special.
Blu-ray release date: March 1, 2018
DTS HD 2.0 (English)
Subtitles: English (SDH)
Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Danial Attias Commentary
Martha De Laurentis Interview
Everett McGill Interview
Matthew Mungle and Michael McKracken, Jr. Interview
Isolated Score with Jay Chattaway Interview