The Rabid Dog’s House is a recurring feature at Wicked Horror where contributor Justin Steele uncovers hidden gems, lost classics, and overlooked indie offerings. Flying solo or with his co-host Zena Dixon, he will discuss an array of topics covering film, literature, and television. Check out the latest installment below. In this episode we’re looking back at 1985’s Silver Bullet!
Directed by Dan Attias, Silver Bullet is based on the novella Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King. The story follows Marty (Corey Haim) and Jane (Megan Follows), siblings living in a small town. In addition to the rivalries typical of siblings, Jane resents the extra attention Marty receives from their parents due to his confinement to a wheelchair. Marty, meanwhile, just wants to have fun with his friends and uncle Red (Gary Busey). When a string of murders hits their small town, Jane and Marty must put aside their differences when they become convinced the killings are a result of werewolf. Afraid the werewolf has now targeted Marty, the siblings reach out to Red, as they think he is the only adult that will believe their supernatural tale.
Also starring genre favorites Terry O’Quinn and Everett McGill, Silver Bullet delivers on all the elements for which early Stephen King adaptations are known. This film features the author’s ability to bring gothic horror into a contemporary setting littered with strong characters and naturally generated suspense.