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Now there's a new name for terror...
A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
“Fuck you, dog.”
-Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace-Stone)
Second King adaptation of the day, with a serving of Cujo! This is probably my favourite ‘it’s so bad, it’s fucking awesome!’ kind of movie. If you thought Thinner was an insane premise, like I did, you really haven’t seen nothing yet. This is a movie about a nigh on indestructible St. Bernard terrorising a town and tearing folk to shreds. Guess what? It’s so, so bad. But it’s FUCKING AWESOME.
Genre icon Dee Wallace (star of classics, like E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and The Howling, and not-so classics like Critters!) heads up the fairly bog average cast, and turns in a great performance; completely over-the-top and needlessly melodramatic! Like this review! She stars…
I love Stephen King and I love movies. Therefore the fact so much of my favourite authors work has been adapted into film should be awesome. However I've quickly learnt that most King adaptions are garbage.
Cujo falls squarely within the bad King adaptions. The titular dog does nothing for the first third of the movie, we just see an incredibly dull family potter around a bit. When Cujo finally does attack it's all kind of boring. It's not the worst King adaptions but's it is definitely in the top five.
If I were in a worse mood I'd call some of the more melodramatic character elements "pretentious," but as is I'll just say they're a minor distraction from what has to rank as one of the all-time great movie monsters.
Fuck you dog.
Described by many as a 'pre-quel' to the seven fantastic 'Beethoven' movies this film definitely delivers. Despite not being as friendly and lovable as Beethoven (Well, who could be?) Cujo tries very hard to be loved.
Unfortunately, Cujo becomes infected by a bat and viewers can only watch in terror as Cujo turns rabid and attempts to kill those who he tried so hard to love. The people can only sit in sheer terrier, hoping they'll survive.
Despite the sadness I felt after watching this film, one really must raise their leg in salute to a great film. There are definitely no pawses in this fast paced film. :):):)
I haven't seen this since I was young, but this was one of the first movies I taped off of HBO, so I've seen it countless times.
Still, this time watching with adult eyes, I was really struck by a few things:
1) Dee Wallace was amazing and deserved an Oscar for her performance, just like Stephen King has always said.
2) Danny Pintauro does a pretty amazing and heartbreaking job as a kid in this situation. 100% believable.
3) Damn if that dog still isn't one of the scariest on-screen horror creations. I really want to listen to the commentary and watch some behind-the-scenes stuff to see how they got the dog to behave that way, when they used…
Wow that was awful. And it didn't help that I didn't help that I hated the protagonist so much I started going for the dog.
It's 24 years old, but it still packs a punch. No special effects, no CGI, just a rabid dog is enough to instill terror to the point of passing out.
Stephen King wrote this horror movie and I can imagine the real horror of Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) as she was trapped in a car that didn't appear too much bigger than the dog that was foaming at the mouth wanting to ravish her.
This was Danny Pintauro's first film. He went on to Who's the Boss after this.
Nothing special, but a retro classic that is still good.
A great stephen king adaptation that is not talked as much as other king adaptations. The scene inside the car is incredible shot
I know this is a classic Stephen King work, but I have never been that impressed with it. I find the characters unsympathetic and have a hard time caring what happens to them. I do think it is a scary idea to be trapped in a hot car by a slobbering, rabid dog, but I'm not sure a St Bernard is really the height of terror. There is one really nicely filmed scene where the camera sort of moves around from window to window inside the car and ends up spinning wildly. That was really the only part that I felt like appropriately captured the frantic and disorienting nature of the situation. I thought the final scene was very awkward and rushed and sort of just cuts off in the middle of the action. Also, the kid dies in the book...
There is no good in this Stephen King chiller, and no evil. Just the indifferent forces of nature. Terribly sad, it revolves around a mother and son who, through a series of indirect circumstances, find themselves trapped inside a broken-down Pinto by a rabid St. Bernard. It sports a pace that's deliberate and deeply character-driven. And as excruciating as it is to watch the suffering and deterioration of the title pooch, there's no denying that the culmination to and moments of his attack are extremely intense, primarily thanks to well above-average work by cast, camera and cutting.
If you are sensitive about puppies, don't watch it. Or watch it once and never again.
The film successfully conveys the terror of Cujo, the 200 pound Saint Bernard. His menace on screen slowly increases throughout.
What the film fails to transfer from the book however is any real emotion toward the human characters. Joe Camber is an abusive father and husband who has created a horrible life for his wife. Donna Trenton is sleeping around but the reason for doing so, her fear of becoming like all the other housewives, is not examined in the slightest. Her husband Vic is facing the loss of his business but we never really feel a sense of this. The moments that really make the book horrifying are the ones involving people not Cujo, moments such as Steve Kemp…
We all know the basic story so I won't waste time recapping that. Even though the blu-ray was released through Lion's Gate the picture and sound are pretty decent. There is a dir commentary and a decent making of doc. Pick it up if you find it cheap.
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