Silver Bullet is low key but not uninteresting Stephen King. Kings script is well attuned to its characters and the evocation of small town atmosphere. Daniel Attias, previously assistant director to Francis Ford Coppola on One from the Heart (1981) and Steven Spielberg on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), made his directorial debut here. Attias does a decent job but overall Silver Bullet seems a little too leisurely. There i s a good opening, some well-sustained suspense during the bottle drive and the revelation of Everett McGill as the werewolf, and some good scenes with the hunters being stalked in the woods, but the film needs a tighter hold elsewhere. There is an unnecessary dream sequence with a church erupting into werewolves. The climax is particularly humdrum, lacking due to the merely perfunctory makeup effects of Carlo Rambaldi. To his advantage, Daniel Attias keeps glimpses of the werewolf fairly brief.
Gary Busey gives an okay performance on a rare occasion playing a good guy and not a menacing action heavy. Everett McGills high-cheekboned face and accent lends an effectively sinister presence.
Daniel Attias has yet to make another film as director but has directed episodes of an amazing number of high-profile tv series including 21 Jump Street, Sledge Hammer, Beauty and the Beast, Northern Exposure, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Picket Fences, Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Party of Five, The Practice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ally McBeal, The Sopranos, Alias, Six Feet Under, Lost, Deadwood, The Wire, House M.D., Entourage and Heroes.
Other Stephen King genre adaptations include:- Carrie (1976), Salems Lot (1979), The Shining (1980), Christine (1983), Cujo (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), Children of the Corn (1984), Firestarter (1984), Cats Eye (1985), The Running Man (1987), Pet Semetary (1989), Graveyard Shift (1990), It (tv mini-series, 1990), Misery (1990), a segment of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), Sometimes They Come Back (1991), The Lawnmower Man (1992), The Dark Half (1993), Needful Things (1993), The Tommyknockers (tv mini-series, 1993), The Stand (tv mini-series, 1994), The Langoliers (tv mini-series, 1995), The Mangler (1995), Thinner (1996), The Night Flier (1997), Quicksilver Highway (1997), The Shining (tv mini-series, 1997), Trucks (1997), Apt Pupil (1998), The Green Mile (1999), The Dead Zone (tv series, 2001-2), Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Carrie (tv mini-series, 2002), Dreamcatcher (2003), Riding the Bullet (2004), Salems Lot (tv mini-series, 2004), Secret Window (2004), Desperation (tv mini-series, 2006), Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (tv mini-series, 2006), 1408 (2007), The Mist (2007), Children of the Corn (2009), Everythings Eventual (2009), the tv series Haven (2010-5), Bag of Bones (tv mini-series, 2011), Carrie (2013), Under the Dome (tv series, 2013-5), Big Driver (2014), A Good Marriage (2014), Mercy (2014), Cell (2016), 11.22.63 (tv mini-series, 2016), The Dark Tower (2017), Geralds Game (2017), It (2017), The Mist (tv series, 2017), Mr. Mercedes (tv series, 2017 ) and 1922 (2017). Stephen King had also written a number of original screen works with Creepshow (1982), Golden Years (tv mini-series, 1991), Sleepwalkers (1992), Storm of the Century (tv mini-series, 1999), Rose Red (tv mini-series, 2002) and the tv series Kingdom Hospital (2004), as well as adapted his own works with the screenplays for Cats Eye, Pet Semetary, The Stand, The Shining, Desperation, Children of the Corn 2009 and Cell. King also directed one film with Maximum Overdrive (1986).