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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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…
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.
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 woman whose inner strength is slowly revealed; 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…
There is something so simple yet so incredibly frightening about Cujo that it definitely stands in the list of one of the most horrific movies. It's the only movie where I was actually wanting the dog to die.
Cujo is a pretty decent horror about a dog named Cujo who gets Rabies. Story is pretty easy so there isn't any holes to be found. While there is some horror movie tropes they are pretty minor overall and pretty typical for an 80's movie. Cujo really capitalized on my claustrophobia during the car scene, that really made the movie for me.
Given it's made in the early '80, it's actually not that bad, it's actually quiet impressive how they managed to film some of the stuff with a real life animal.
The kid does a great job, looked like he was actually scared and must have been traumatised filming this movie.
If you have children nagging you all the time they want a dog, just show them this movie and they will be traumat........ uh cured forever. :)
Stephen King's Cujo is an average thriller with solid performances, but a plodding first half, adequate but forgettable characters and an annoyingly abrupt ending. It's certainly intense at times and I'll admit it generated at least one or two moments where I was at the edge of my seat, but overall it's no more than a film to pass time with. Cujo is definitely reccommendable to diehard horror fanatics, but if you're looking for an all-around great film, Cujo's mediocre script makes it a film that can easily be skipped.
"How'd the monster get out of my closet?"
There's something truly terrifying about a lovable pet turning on you and attacking. Especially when that pet is a St. Bernard, one of the big dogs with a small barrel of brandy around its neck that's supposed to rescue people lost in the snowy Alps. But that's what makes for great horror, right? Turning something lovable into something horrible. And Stephen King did that perfectly in his novel "Cujo," which was turned into a film in 1983. Join us -- Pete Wright and Andy Nelson -- as we continue our King series with Lewis Teague's great horror film "Cujo." We talk about what the film means to us and why we both…
For a movie about a rabid, murderous St. Bernard, Cujo is almost offensively boring. It spends way too much time on these dumbass human characters that we're given no reason to care about. The rest of the time is spent unsuccessfully trying to make a this St. Bernard scary. A killer dog is scary in theory, but the TV movie aesthetic and complete lack of suspense nip that in the bud. A cheesy score coupled with overly-serious head shots of a dog staring menacingly is not exactly my idea of scary. It might have been more effective had the dog not been shaped into lame slasher antagonist...but a dog. It doesn't pray on our psychological fears aptly at all. Repetitive…
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