Cujo

Cujo

4.0 9
Director: Lewis Teague

Cast: Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly

     
 

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Based on a Stephen King novel, Cujo is not as menacing or as frightening as other film adaptations of King's popular stories and especially cannot compare to the 1976 Carrie. Cujo is a happy St. Bernard until he is bitten on the nose by a rabid bat and slowly begins manifesting the symptoms of his fatal illness. His condition deteriorates as heSee more details below

Overview

Based on a Stephen King novel, Cujo is not as menacing or as frightening as other film adaptations of King's popular stories and especially cannot compare to the 1976 Carrie. Cujo is a happy St. Bernard until he is bitten on the nose by a rabid bat and slowly begins manifesting the symptoms of his fatal illness. His condition deteriorates as he attacks people again and again, until finally, mom Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) and her son Tad (Danny Pintauro) are trapped inside the family car with Cujo lurking nearby, set to kill them any way he can. A showdown is inevitable but is as predictable as the rest of the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This widely reviled adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel about a viciously rabid dog actually looks better with age. True, story lines move in and out of the first half of the film, inconsistencies abound, and the viewer may be just about to give up hope when Donna (Dee Wallace) and her young son, Tad (Danny Pintauro), pull into a junkyard in a broken-down car. From that point on, the film becomes a sort of landlocked Jaws, as mother and son are trapped in the stalled machine by the bloody, slobbering hellhound waiting just outside. The final 40 minutes are surprisingly scary, as director Lewis Teague builds the tension to a fever-pitch with a combination of stunning attack sequences and effective hysterical-mother moments inside the car. Wallace is outstanding in one of her better performances, but cinematographer Jan De Bont (who later directed The Haunting and Twister) is the real star of the show and rarely falters. Neil Travis' editing deserves special praise for enhancing the horror of the dog attacks, but the music (by Charles Bernstein) is awful. Still, if one can patiently withstand the dumb first half, there are plenty of thrills, chills, and a great jump-scene later in the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2009
UPC:
0017153100396
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Lewis Teague; ; "Dog Days: The Making of Cujo" - Three-Part Documentary with Cast and Filmmaker Interviews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dee Wallace Donna Trenton
Danny Pintauro Tad Trenton
Daniel Hugh Kelly Vic Trenton
Christopher Stone Steve Kemp
Ed Lauter Joe Camber
Kaiulani Lee Charity Camber
Billy Jayne Brett Camber
Mills Watson Gary Pervier
Robert Behling Fournier
Daniel H. Blatt Actor
Terence Donovan Actor
Bob Elross Meara
Jerry Hardin Masen
Clare Nono Lady Reporter
Claire Nono Lady Reporter
Merritt Olsen Professor
Arthur Rosenberg Roger Breakstone
Sandy Ward Bannerman

Technical Credits
Lewis Teague Director
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Daniel H. Blatt Producer
Jack Buehler Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy J. Comtois Production Designer
Lauren Currier Screenwriter
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Don Carlos Dunaway Screenwriter
Joseph T. Garrity Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Grandey Asst. Director
Judith Holstra Casting
Rick H. Josephsen Special Effects
Peter Knowlton Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Neil Machlis Associate Producer
Marcia Ross Casting
Robert Singer Producer
Neil Travis Editor
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen King Source Author

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