We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
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 - even a little 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 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…
Adaptations of Stephen King's novels, of which there are legion, have always tended to be a mixed bag - some are excellent cinematic translations of his unique voice, others are nothing more than dirge. Cujo sits close to the middle of that spectrum, as Lewis Teague delivers a largely anaemic take on King's story of a rabid St. Bernard who terrorises several families in small town America. It certainly has it's moments of viciousness, but on the whole it never feels particularly scary or particularly horrific, and barely ever truly cinematic. D'you remember the cuddly family movie Beethoven? Imagine that with blood, pus and bats and you're not too far off.
See for a lot of Teague's movie, the whole…
Beneath the surface of the film's simple premise lies a horrific thriller which explores the dynamic of a dysfunctional family in addition to childhood fears and anxieties. Distressing scenes, particularly those featuring the main child character add to the films emotional impact. The menacing performance from the canine antagonist is achieved very well through clever animal training along with precise camera and stunt work.
A simple yet realistic idea is executed brilliantly in such a way which audiences find amusing and can relate to. The horrific events which eventually unfold interestingly parallel anxieties and tensions brewing in our protagonist and her immediate family. Unlike other titles based off the source's author, characters are well developed in the features short run-time. Which, allows for common issues straining our lead family dynamic to be all the more sympathetic.
"Meat and potatoes" is the go-to term here - it doesn't get more basic than a couple of people terrorized by a rabid dog. But it's a thin concept to stretch out over an hour and a half, and the domestic dramas are not compelling. There's even a subplot that we come back to throughout with the husband in another town, bothered by the feeling that something's wrong - and the only payoff for it (and it's admittedly a good, if subtle one) is where the kid, scared shitless and apparently not comforted by the impressive bravery of his mom, starts crying for his dad.
But once the dog fucks shit up, it can get pretty intense. The dog attacks…
I forgot how slow this movie was, and how little I care about anything that happens until Cujo goes ape shit.
If I was Dee Wallace, I would have fed Danny Pintauro's Tad character to Cujo and walked off the farm. That kid is so annoying in this film. They should have kept the original ending from the book.
This terrified me as a child. Not as scary now but still one of the better Stephen King adaptations.
As another week passes, another Stephen King adaptation shall be reviewed. This time around Forest shares his thought on Cujo. Cory detours from King material to cover the remake/sequel, The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
The horror duo also chat about being bombarded by winter weather, Forest goes to see Birdman and Cory explains how Mary Kate & Ashley Olson got their names. All this and "Ahhhh, my knees....!".
adaptação de Stephen King. um bom filme e cumpre a que foi proposto. esse são bernardo é dar medo.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My synopsis of this movie would be: A dog becomes rabid after being bitten by a bat and this somehow gives him super strength, extreme levels of rage, and unprecedented determination. Seriously the ridiculousness of this dog just hanging out waiting to kill 2 people in a car is completely over-the-top for me. And although they tried really hard to add a lot of drool, snot, and blood onto the dog's body they just couldn't stop him from looking cute to me. I'm too much of a dog lover to find this movie scary, and it certainly doesn't help when they throw in scenes of an obviously stuffed dog flying at a character or some guy in a dog suit…
Dee Wallace and her child are ensnared in a car without gas at a remote homestead by a rabid St. Bernard. Simple premise from Stephen King's novel, but executed well enough to qualify as a genuinely frightful movie - one of those rare cases where horror can be extracted from simplicity. despite the contextual plot of a rocky marriage being nothing special. Wallace puts in a strong performance as a fragile woman with contrasting strong motherly instincts, but remarkably, the dog playing Cujo is also terrific.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House with Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- Cannibal Holocaust
- The Fog
- Humanoids from the Deep
- Friday the 13th
More than 1100 movies of pure 80's horror.
- À nos Amours
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- Adam's Rib
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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