Had a hard time w/the TV version
Silver Bullet aired on AMC recently. Honestly had a hard time watching because of all the cuts that were made. Since I know the movie line for line by now (seen it at least 20 times or more), I kept asking myself "why cut that line/scene out?"
These days many shows on basic cable have much more gratuitous and raunchier scenes/dialogue than a movie that was rated "R" in the 80's. By today's standards, Silver Bullet would probably get a PG-13. Since it's running time is only around 90 mins, they easily could have left it intact with plenty of space for commercials. No need to cut it down for time or material IMO.