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A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
While I haven't seen all of Stephen King's films, out of the films I've seen thus far Cujo is my favorite!
The first 32 minutes are devoted to character development! For the most part it's a lil sneaky peaky at the skeletons in everyone's closets!
The next 50 minutes of the film is devoted entirely to scaring the living daylights out of you and I! And it succeeds!
Dee Wallace's agonizingly realistic performance made it easy to buy into the whole premise with her truly riveting portrayal of a mom and her young son struggling to survive a ghastly ordeal that only the sick twisted mind of Stephen King could conjure up!
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I think Dee Wallace's performance is what inevitably draws me back to Cujo.
Inherently feminine, with a small frame and a weak, flutey voice, she starts off as a shallow adulteress whose inner strength emerges in a crisis; the kind of strength that's retiring, downhearted and quietly resentful.
Based on Stephen King's bestseller (he says he was so drunk he can't remember writing it), this movie debases itself by establishing its family in colourless scenes that recall TV movies circa 1980. Dee Wallace is cheating on her prim-and-proper husband with a bearded 'rebel'. She decides to end it and save her marriage, so he ransacks their house.
The movie insists on these gossipy scenes, believing an audience watching a young…
A horror film that unfolds against the meltdown of a young family, Lewis Teague's "Cujo" spends more of its time setting up its domestic drama than presenting its horror elements. When those elements hit, however, they are intense, harrowing, and relentless.
"Cujo" is probably best known as the Stephen King adaptation about the rabid St. Bernard that terrorizes a mother and son trapped in their vehicle. This description is adequate but does not do the film's narrative justice. "Cujo" begins by alternating between the story of a pet dog, bitten by a bat and breaking down thanks to a rabies infection, and a family breaking down thanks to job stresses and infidelity. The film does a solid job of setting…
Film 7 in my Re-watch Wednesday Project.
Cujo is the first movie I ever saw in theaters (at least as far as I can remember). I saw it with my mom (a life long horror fan) in 1983 the year it was released. I would have been 6 or 7 years old. I always remembered liking it, and gave it credit for being one of the films that turned me into a horror fan just like my mother. It was probably a little much for a kid my age but hey I turned out alright. For the most part anyway.
Cujo is a friendly St. Bernard until he contracts rabies from a bat and reigns terror on an unexpected mother…
“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…
The horror of being trapped in a car with a whiny kid and a rabid dog outside.
Got that Americana normal family threatened by evil vibe going on. Gotta sit through some family drama before you get to the good shit, including infidelity and a bizarre sub plot about bad cereal. It's pretty engrossing though.
It's well shot, not just some thrown together schlock. When the family roll up to the farm there's a great shot of Cujo bounding towards them. the dog make up is great too, rabies gradually getting to Cujo. All the stalk and kill scenes are great.
FYC: The dog or dogs who played Cujo.
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Okay but what happened to Cujo was really sad like in the book you'd read some parts from his point-of-view. The movie just made him seem like a monster :( Also, I guess they changed Tad's ending so it would please the audience more. The book ending would've made a bigger impact though ngl. The marital problems and the Sharp account problem were just left hanging after everything's been said and done. Like??? So what happens now?? Hmm I like the book version better even if King himself said he would've changed the ending if he could.
Thumbs Up: I guess the dog trainer did a pretty good job.
Thumbs Down: Its just thoroughly unpleasant - I always assumed there was some supernatural element to Cujo but turns out he's just a lovely old dog that got rabies, making his transformation into blood-hungry monster more sad than scary. And if thats not enough, you also get to watch a depressing domestic saga of infidelity and pain that has little to do with anything.
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"A film featuring a disease"
It's a difficult task to place a large portion of a film inside of a broken down vehicle and keep it exciting but Teague manages to use the confined space to create a fantastic sense of unease and tension as the rabid dog is always lurking somewhere out of sight. Dee Wallace is also a key component to the film's success as I am completely drawn into her predicament every time I watch the film. Cujo still stands as one of the better screen adaptations of Kings work.
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Surprisingly decent movie adaptation, and among King's favourites of adaptations of his own work, maybe for the reason I kind of liked it, it resolved an unhappy ending in the book into a happier ending in the movie.
The director did well to make a cute, cuddly breed like a St Bernard into a bloody, snarling threat though, and the sequence early on where his owner realises he's rabid is pretty effective.
After CUJO, I don't think I like big dogs anymore. And the film has given me plenty of reason to: this story of a rabid, vicious St. Bernard terrorizing a mother (Dee Wallace) and her young son (Danny Pintauro) by trapping them in their car is one of the tensest horror films I've seen lately, never mind that it holds back on one of the major shocks of Stephen King's original novel. Lewis Teague directed the hell out of this thriller and got a performance from Dee Wallace that deserved an Oscar. It's a film that deserved much better than the critical reception it had.
Spielberg's great early movies tend to follow a similar pattern: develop the characters and have all the family drama front and center until some supernatural or sci-fi happening amplifies that tenfold. Cujo is like the inverse of that, or something. Where Spielberg's movies let two different genres coexist and actually complement each other, Cujo is content to absolutely decimate the goodwill it builds in its interesting first 35 minutes with a mind-numbingly boring second half where our characters are stuck in a car. I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up for emotional stakes for a movie about a rabid dog but it's really strong up until Cujo goes nuts. Even the scenes where his mental state is deteriorating are affecting, if only because I have a soft spot for dogs. Dee Wallace is great and *almost* makes up for the second half but it's just no use. A disappointing "classic". Note: I'm aware this isn't a Spielberg movie.
Very nearly made it to four stars!
Cujo, 1983 is based on the Stephen King book of the same name, and is basically about a dog who gets rabies and ends up letting loose on a few town locals. Before it can be reported by a two timing whore... excuse me, a wife and her son, their car breaks down and they are left practically in the middle of nowhere, with no help coming. The woman's husband, who discovered the affair was going on and left on his business trip ends up not receiving an answer when he rings home, so leaves the trip to see if she's up to something. Can he make it home in time to discover…
"Fuck you, dog."
Takes a while to get started, and I wish they'd given the dog more mystique. However, things become very tense and scary once the leads find themselves trapped and terrorized by the titular beast.
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