The small town of Tarker's Mills was a place that was very peaceful, where nothing extraordinary ever happened until one night when murders began. The townspeople believe it's some maniacal killer on the loose whom they intend to hunt down. Marty, a young handicapped boy, believes the killer is no man at all, but a werewolf. After a run-in with the werewolf, Marty and his sister Jane hunt all over town for the man who is the werewolf.Written by
This was Daniel Attias's first (and only) feature film he directed. For the rest of the 1980s to today he mostly directed TV episodes for some famous shows and hasn't made another theatrical film. See more »
Even though the movie is based in 1976, during the picnic scene, cans of Slice Apple are on the picnic tables. Slice was not introduced as a soda until 1984. See more »
[Older Jane narrating]
The last full moon of that Spring came a little more than a month before school let out for Summer vacation. Our town's long nightmare began that night.
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SPOILER: Everett McGill is billed twice - once as Reverend Lowe at the top of the credits and as Werewolf at the bottom of the credits. See more »
The UK DVD release of the film in 2001 contains the original movie trailer and spoken commentary by director Daniel Attias, both of which is not available on any other officially released DVD including the US. See more »
I first saw this movie when I was ten years old, my uncle, a horror fanatic, showed this to me and my brother and it scared the living soul out of me.
Ten years later it still remains as one of my favorite horror films of all time and I consider it one of the best of King's work.
When a small town is being ravaged by horrible mutilations, townsfolks begin to think it may be a monster doing the killings. A small crippled boy comes in contact with the werewolf and confides in his older sister and uncle and they all set out on a search for the monster. What they discover will be shocking.
The film is very well directed and relies a lot on tension and atmosphere and solely on the acting which is performed well by Corey Haim, Megan Follows and Garey Busey who is immensely likable and memorable as the uncle.
The film itself as a horror movie is excellent with a lot of sheer tension and some great horror scenes in which we never see the werewolf until the end. That's an aspect that makes this film truly horrifying and the murders are gruesome and never pulls its punches. The mysterious identity of the werewolf is shocking and it leaves us on pins and needles until the exciting end of the film.
I highly suggest this among horror fans and think it's worth a look.
***half out of **** stars.
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