A horror film that grabs and won't let go! (by Nightman85)
Stephen King-based thriller is a sweat-inducing shocker that ranks among the most intense King adaptations.Woman and child are trapped inside their stalled car by a huge, rabid dog.Cujo remains one of the more memorable Stephen King novels because it's a tale of such merciless suspense and in the hands of director Lewis Teague much of that same horror transcends well into this film. This film benefits greatly from a powerful story with some well fleshed-out characters, it's much more than just another 'animal attacks' movie. Teague's direction is also very tight and helps <more>
to build an unnerving tension through out this film. The atmosphere is very heated, the look of the movie very gritty, and the danger feels all the more real! The camera work is also excellent and makes this film feel truly claustrophobic! It builds to a finale that is heart-stopping. The music score is harrowing and the filming locations are good.Cast-wise the film is quite strong too. The great Dee Wallace delivers an emotionally powerful performance as a mother desperate to protect her child and survive herself. Young Danny Pintauro is great as Wallace's horrified child. The supporting cast is good too, as are the numerous St. Bernard's that play our vicious title character.Cujo is a top-notch suspense film that never loses its edge. A must-see, and not just for King fans.**** out of ****
Cujo is a very good film that has a good cast which includes Dee Wallace-Stone, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter, Kaiulani Lee, Billy Jayne, Mills Watson, Sandy Ward, Jerry Hardin, and Merritt Olsen. The acting by all of these actors is very good. Wallace-Stone is really excellent in this film. I thought that she performed good. The thrills is really good and some of it is surprising. The movie is filmed very good. The music is good. The film is quite interesting and the movie really keeps you going until the end. This is a very good and thrilling film. If you <more>
like Dee Wallace-Stone, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter, Kaiulani Lee, Billy Jayne, Jerry Hardin, the rest of the cast in the film, Stepen King, Horror, Thrillers, Dramas, and interesting films then I strongly recommend you to see this film today!Movie Nuttball's NOTE:If you like Stephen King then I recommend that you check out the following films! Creepshow, Creepshow 2, The original Dead Zone, Salem's Lot, Silver Bullet, Maximum Overdrive, The Running Man, Graveyard Shift, It, The Shining mini series , Nightflyer, The Green Mile, and Dreamcatcher!
This is a Great movie with major messages not a bow wow (by the_prince_of_frogs)
The first time I watched Cujo, I expected just a horror show. Well, I think this movie is a lot more. I will admit that I think Dee Wallace is a Super Star. In Cujo Dee Wallace portrays the most powerful force in the universe a mother protecting her offspring. She faces down the monster with only the thought to save her child. This part of the plot is powerful enough to carry a horror movie. Interwoven in the movie is another plot of a woman married and with a child who explores an extramarital relationship. And of course this "lover" turns out to be a scoundrel supreme. <more>
Christopher Stone gives an outstanding performance as the spurned lover. Dee Wallace makes this movie.
Rabies is reality. And it is also reality that not everyone will have their animal vaccinated for rabies. That is what makes Cujo a realistic type of a horror film. Rabies does horrible things to animals even humans so this why I find this movie so horrifying - realistic horror.I can't believe how underrated this film is on IMDb. I don't understand it. It is a one of the best horror movie classic films ever made due to the fact something like this is a possibility - not likely to happen just like the movie but the threat of being bitten by a rabid animal is something that can happen <more>
and has happened to some people and beloved pets.Rabies is not a joking matter - and maybe this is what makes Cujo such a powerful film. It brings awareness of having your pet s vaccinated.I was 11 when this film came out - another long time favorite movie of mine.9/10
One of Stephen King's most thrilling adaptions! (by Nixonbrian42)
There is hundreds of different types of horror films as every movie fan knows. Cujo is within the group of films that literally from start to finish falls into the category of "realistic horror". Since most moviegoers see films as a means of escapism from their everyday life, that leaves a story about a rabid dog kinda like easily passed on for a more complexed type of frights such as some of King's other literary transitions which are superb , a tormented girl with telekinetic abilities Carrie , a teacher with psychic abilities The Dead Zone , a haunted hotel in the <more>
mountains The Shining .This very simple story involving a mother and son trapped inside of a broken down Ford Pinto by a dog with rabies results in a movie that pulls no punches. It's a harrowing tour- de-force. If you really haven't seen it, thinking it would just be boring, watch it the first time on a home theater with all of your lights out. It's a mesmerizing ride. Very scary.Cujo is one of the most brilliant horror films ever crafted.
As usual, when I read a book I like watching the movie adaptation.This one goes back to 1983 and it was very scary, even without the special effects we get these days.Several things were changed from the book, also as usual. Other characters are either omitted after a point or dramatically changed. The story is much more focused on just Donna and Tad and their horrible experience.I definitely gagged quite a few times, what they did to that dog was just gross. The suspense and terror is still all there though, even without the gore. The degradation of the characters as time passes is very well <more>
achieved.The entire cast was very good but Tad and Cujo are the definite stars here. In my opinion it is a shame the ending was changed so radically but I suppose this sells better.Cujo is a movie guaranteed to give you nightmares even these days. Don't watch it at night!
A film that tells you that your demons will come back to haunt you. (by baumer)
We all know Cujo is a giant St. Bernard that has to kill because he is rabid. The film works as a horror film because of that concept, but this film and the story writer behind it believe that paybacks are a bitch. Retribution is always around the corner and when it is your time, you don't know if it is going to from a guy in a hockey mask, a massive great white shark,a 58 red and white Plymouth Fury, some idiot with long finger knives or a lovable Saint Bernard. Whatever it is though, sin always accounted for. Cujo subscribes to that theory.Everyone that dies in this film, with the <more>
exception of maybe one, does so because they are not very likable people to begin with. They are all tainted and when Cujo gets a hold of them, we are almost glad that he wants their blood. But it is the climax of the film that is the most intriguing. Because here we have a woman who has gotten rid of her sin. But she now has to face the music not for what she is doing, but for what she has done. And if you read the book, you will see that it sticks to that theory and message much more than the film does. 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 convoluted tale of a boy, his dog, and how sin is never really forgiven.What is also great about Cujo is how it shows the dog coming unravelled. We see the transformation from lovable suck of a family dog, to vicious killing machine that has an insatiable need for blood. We see his nose get more wet, we see how certain noises bother him more and we see how much saliva this dog has stored up in his nasty mouth.Cujo is a good movie. It is scary, especially the last half hour and it actually has a point. It also does a fairly good job of bringing King's vision to life. It is not easy to do that, after all King has a very vivid imagination. But Cujo comes close. Very close
One of the better Stephen King adaptations (by jhaggardjr)
There have been alot of movies adapted from Stephen King novels or stories. Some have been good "Carrie", "Cat's Eye", "Misery" , some have been just so-so "The Shining", "Firestarter" , and some have been bad "Children of the Corn", "Maximum Overdrive" . 1983's "Cujo" ranks up there as one of the good ones. It's about a sweet St. Bernard dog that turns nasty after a bat bites the big canine. After the dog turns completely evil, he terrorizes everybody in sight. This includes a woman and her young <more>
son who drive up to the house where Cujo lives to have her car fixed Cujo's master is an auto mechanic . Not one person is in sight, and when Cujo shows up, the once friendly dog traps the two in their car and then viciously tries to break in. To make matters worse, the car stalls and refuses to start. "Cujo" does have a few laughable situations and there's a little stupidity thrown in at times, but overall this is a very effective horror film that did frighten me many times. Dee Wallace Stone" "E.T." and Danny Pintauro TV's "Who's the Boss?" are very good as the mother and son who's little trip to get the car fixed turns into a nightmare. "Cujo" is a little well-made horror flick worth seeing. *** out of four
Tense and well acted King thriller is on a par with "Misery" (by fertilecelluloid)
This didn't get the distribution or attention "Misery" got, but it's equally tense and equally well acted by Dee Wallace-Stone as Donna Trenton .The simple premise is that a woman becomes trapped in a car while a rabid dog, Cujo, waits to tear her apart.As "Misery" was about confinement, so is "Cujo", and director Lewis Teague " "Educating Rita" keeps the suspense high and convinces us that Donna's situation is real. The dog is not entirely unsympathetic, either, as we are given the reasons for his mental and physical state.The film <more>
has a refreshing, picturesque simplicity and, by virtue of its shorter form, cuts away the lengthy novel's fat and improves on the premise, getting us to the jeopardy quicker and keeping us there.The original poster, which depicted a distant farmhouse on a hill, may not have sold tickets, but it was a stunning piece of creative understatement.