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When you think of successful early "adapted from a Stephen King novel" films, a few come to mind. From the greatest:Carrie, The Shining, Pet Sematary to the not-so-bad:Salem's Lot, Children of the Corn, Christine. But nessled right in the middle should be Cujo. For my generation, after this film was released anytime you saw a large strange dog in the near distance, your mind raced with the thoughts of this film.
While still pretty effective, this film about a mother and son trapped inside their broken down Ford Pinto while a rabies-infected Saint Bernard terrorizes them from the outside in, still has plenty of scares even 25 years later. While not as classic as other Horror films of it's time, it did forever become the grandaddy of all maniac dog movies. So on that level alone, it comes from me to any Horror fan very suggested.
However, it does have a few faults. Even though it was shot and released in 1983, this movie looks and feels like it was actually done in say 1976, down to it's starring car and ABC-Movie Of The Week musical score. Another is the 30 minutes of set-up at it's beginning showing the trials and downfalls of suburban marriage and family life at the time. Not that those 30 minutes hurt the movie, it actually sets up the characters for concern quite nicely, but to new fans of the movie they might wonder what drama film got accidently put in this Horror DVD's case.
But once Cujo gets things a foamin' about 40 minutes in, all Hell breaks loose and let the intense claustrophobia begin. As for extras, there's a nice 50 minute documentary called "Dog Days:The Making Of Cujo" from 2007 that has crew and actors telling about how things were done quite informatively. Seeing a now 30 year old Danny Pintauro talking about his role when he was just six is nice to see a former child actor who can still remember the work much less live to tell about it. Also a directors commentary & an anamorphic picture with a high bit-rate, this is a worthy addition to any classic Horror collection. Despite purists who say that it changed certain aspects for the film not originally in the King novel (all of which were approved by King), this is one film that will make most say "The movie was better than the book".
TERROR HAS A NEW NAME...FROM THE TERRIFYING NOVEL BY STEPHEN KING.
I RURAL MAINE,VIC AND DONNA TRENTON (HUGH-KELLY AND WALLACE) STRUGGLE TO REPAIR THEIR BLING MARRIAGE, WHILE THEIR YOUNG SON TAD (DANNY PINTAURO) BEFRIENDS A HULKING, LOVABLE,200-POUNDS ST. BERNARD NAMED CUJO. WITH VIC AWAY ON BUSINESS, DONNA AND TAD TAKE THEIR DECREPIT CAR TO BE FIXED AT THE REMOTE FARM OF THEIR MECHANIC (LAUTER). AS THEIR AGING PINTO SPUTTERS TO A STOP AND DIES, CUJO APPERARS. BUT THE ONCE DOCILE DOG HAS UNDERGONE A HIDEOUS TRANSFORMATION-AND BECOMES A SLAVERING,DEMONIC,IMPLACABLE KILLER POSSESSED BY ALMOST SUPERNATURAL STREGTH...AND UNHOLY CUNNING. CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED,CUJO IS A FEARSOME, SPINE-CHILLING TOUR DE FORCE FROM THE MOST POPULAR NAME IN HORROR.
Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is a turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber is a young boy whose only companion is a Saint-Bernard named "Cujo", who in turn is bitten by a rabid bat. Whilst Vic, Donna's husband is away on business, and thinking over his marital troubles, Donna and her 5-year-old son Tad take her Pinto to Brett Cambers' dad's car shop, the car fails, and "Cujo" is very, very sick. What is great about Cujo is how it shows the dog coming unravelled. We see the transformation from lovable family dog, to vicious killing machine that has an insatiable need for blood. It is understood that Cujo has to have a happy hollywood ending, and that is fine, but the book tells a much more clear yet paradoxically involved tale of a boy, his dog, and how sin is never really forgiven. Cujo is a great movie. It is scary and has a point. It does a good job of bringing King's vision to life. A movie that tells you that your demons will come back to haunt you.
I don't know, maybe if you are scared of dogs this would be a scary movie. Stephen King's classic story of poor Cujo - a St Bernard who get bit by a bat and get rabies - is better read than watched. King has a knack for making you feel the dog breathing over your shoulder, feel the sweat from being in a car on a hot day. You feel the tension and in King's world nobody is safe.
OK movie with ok acting. Worth it if you are a Stephen King fan or collect horror movies. If not, then just watch The Shinning or The Dead Zone for better King books made into movies.
I just felt sooooo bad for poor Cujo, he was so lovable before being bitten ):
This movie really delivers the goods with respect to terror
if that is what you are seeking, but it is also so much more.
There is much to recommend.
The characters and story are very well done
and the acting, cinematography and music are very good.
A manifestation of evil or perhaps a harsh justice
that is unleashed by nature as a result of sin
is an excellent theme that is common to horror cinema.
What makes this particular variation of it frightening
is that the monster is all too real.
A pet dog that is infected with rabies and gradually
descends to violent madness.
Unfortunately, the film-makers chose to eliminate the harsher
aspects of the original tale authored by Stephen King and opted for a "happier" ending.
While not a great classic of horror cinema,
it is a keeper for my DVD collection
and well worth more than one viewing.