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AT HOME WITH WOLVES AND LAMBS short story by R F Brown

“They should send all those sidewinders back to the desert,” Dad looked up from his Pennysaver to proclaim.

“And I should exchange you for Paul Newman,” Mom volleyed back across the kitchen. In my chair at our little kitchen dinner table I might have looked like a dispassionate referee on the sideline of my parent’s argument, but my quietness belied a history of unpredicted angry outbursts. Although that night I didn’t snarl into their fray which I recall was over a simple report from Mom about the new family in our neighborhood joining the summer car pool. She was standing up next to her electric drip coffee maker in a vain effort to hover above Dad with rational thought. “The Siarmanjanis are exiles from Iran,” Mom defended them. “Nobody in PTA seems to know the whole story.”

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Silver Bull

Silver Bullet (1985)

Like currently fashionable teen vampires, Hollywood in the 80s made werewolves vogue in movies:

The Howling (1981), Wolfen (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981), The Beast Within (1982), The Company of Wolves (1984), Fright Night (1985), Teen Wolf (1985), Howling II- Werewolf Bitch (1985).

Concurrent with this were a spate of movies adapted from stories by Stephen King:  Cujo (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), Christine (1983), Firestarter (1984), Catseye (1985).

Silver Bullet is a pretty lame offering on of both crazes.  Corey Haim plays an 11 year rascal-with-a-heart-of-gold who is also paraplegic.  His quaint Maine village is being terrorized by someone who furtively stalks townspeople at night in the guise of a werewolf.  Haim, unwittingly becomes knowledgeable of the werewolf’s human avatar.  He is chased through the countryside while riding an odd motorized vehicle, more motorcycle than wheelchair, and faster than an oncoming werewolf.  Common to movies from this era all adults in the town are hysterical, petty, and stupid.  Parents are AWOL.  When the frenzied adults can’t organize a successful lynch mob, it is Haim who must kill the werewolf. He does so with a totem silver bullet, furnished by an irresponsible, alcoholic uncle, played convincingly by Gary Busey.

Is Silver Bullet supposed to be scary?  I can tell you the werewolf creature is about as frightening as a fur hat.  I can’t tell you whether the movie is intended to be goofy or if it’s just a silly and cheap trifle trying to cash in on popular genre.