Silver Bullet (1985)

USA, 1985
95m, 2591 metres
35mm film, J-D-C Scope, Technicolor, 2.35:1
stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Daniel Attias.

Plot Summary

In the small town of Tarker’s Mill a series of murders terrifies the locals. As they start their search for the serial killer, young Marty comes to believe that what they’re looking for is actually a werewolf and sets out with his sister Jane to find out who it is.


Directed by: Daniel Attias
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Produced by: Martha Schumacher
Associate Producer: John M. Eckert
Screenplay by: Stephen King
Based on the novelette “Cycle of the Werewolf” by Stephen King
Director of Photography: Armando Nannuzzi
Film Editor: Daniel Loewenthal
Music by: Jay Chattaway
Electronic Music Performed by: Peter Levin, David Frank
Sound Mixer: Richard Goodman
Costume Designer: Clifford Capone
Makeup: Barbara Page
Hairstylist: De’ann Power
Special Effects Makeup Supervisor: Michael McCracken Sr
Creatures Created by: Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects Coordinator: Jeff Jarvis
Production Designer: Giorgio Postiglione
Filmed on location [Burgaw, North Carolina, USA; Wilmington, North Carolina, USA] and at North Carolina Film Corporation Film Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina

Gary Busey (Uncle Red)
Everett McGill (Reverend Lowe)
Corey Haim (Marty Coslaw)
Megan Follows (Jane Coslaw)
Terry O’Quinn (Sheriff Joe Haller)
Bill Smitrovich (Andy Fairton)
Robin Groves (Nan Coslaw)
Lawrence Tierney (Owen Knopfler)
Kent Broadhurst (Herb Kincaid)
Leon Russom (Bob Coslaw)
Joe Wright (Brady Kincaid)
Heather Simmons (Tammy Sturmfuller)
James A. Baffico (Milt Sturmfuller)
Rebecca Fleming (Mrs Sturmfuller)
William Newman (Virgil Cuts)
Sam Stoneburner (Mayor O’Banion)
Lonnie Moore (Billy McLaren)
Rick Pasotto (Aspinall)
Cassidy Eckert (girl)
Wendy Walker (Stella Randolph)

Alternative Titles

Asimenia sfaira – Greek DVD title
La bala de plata – Venezuelan title
Cycle of the Werewolf – working title
Hopealuoti – Finnish title
Miedo azul – Spanish title
Peur bleue – French title
O Segredo da Bala de Prata – Portuguese title
Stephen King’s Silver Bullet – advertising title
Unico indizio la luna piena – Italian title
Der Werwolf von Tarker Mills – West German title

Extracts included in
Cinemania: Stephen King: O vasilias tou tromou (2009)



  • American Film vol.11 no.1 (October 1985) p.86
  • Cinefantastique vol.15 no.2 (May 1985) p.12
  • Cinefantastique vol.15 no.5 (January 1986) p.4-7 – illustrated article
  • City Limits no.246 (19 Junr 1986) p.23
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.71 – credits, note (Horrorscope by Gilles Polinien)
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.64 (January 1986) p.24-27 – illustrated article
  • Films and Filming no.383 (August 1986) p.40
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.284 no.21 (6 November 1984) p.18
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.289 no.3 (9 October 1985) pp.3, 18
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.53 no.630 (July 1986) p.212-3
  • Screen International no.462 (8 September 1984) p.2
  • Screen International no.471 (10 November 1984) p.17
  • Screen International no.555 (5 July 1986) p.23
  • Sight & Sound vol.1 no.3 (July 1991) p.61
  • Time Out no.826 (18 June 1986) p.26
  • Variety 16 October 1985 p.10


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.402
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.546
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis pp.479-480
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.469-470 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn pp.195-196