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, Donnas 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 dads car shop... the car fails, and Cujo is very, very sick...
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Cujo is one of those scary movies when you are left in a situation where you can't get yourself out of!!!!! When a cute dog goes out one day chasing a rabbit and ends up getting bite by a rabied bat it turns the dog into a killer!!!!! He traps a mother and her son in their car with no hope for survivor and trust me he makes sure of that!!!!! Dee Wallace Stone does a wonderful job in this great Stephen King thriller that will let you know if you love dogs or not!!!!!!
This review is from: Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) Talked about this movie with grandson, he was too young to know about it. It was great to be able to watch in Blue Ray. We loved it.
While I appreciate all the effort that went into making the dog appearrabid and vicious, it's just too obvious that the dog is playing. Itwags its tail in one shot and you can clearly tell when it's lookingfor a toy. If it wasn't for the excessive growling, it would be hard tobelieve this dog could harm a fly. The dog is simply too cute toimagine as a rabid dog.I was also disappointed that they changed the ending. This is a horrormovie - we don't need a happy ending! The real ending of the book wassad and tragic, also realistic considering the circumstances. If I wantto see a happy ending I'll just watch a Disney movie!
Well to begin with it was pretty well executed, considering that mostof novels atmosphere was built by describing psychological chaos witchwas going on in dogs brain. That was pretty much possible to show onlyby bringing in someone like narrator or by making a dog talk in hismind, which was out of question, of course, so I don't have anycomplaints in this department. The one complaint which I have howeveris stated in this comments summary - no balls guys. The boy dies in thenovel, why doesn't he die here? I understand they couldn't bring in thestuff like guy jerking off on the bed f.e. but why take off the mainthing, which Stephen was trying to say in this novel? That's actuallythe main problem I have with most of movies built by King's novels Âdirectors don't have enough balls and in that case completely missesthe point of authors creation and that's the reason why all the endingsof such kind of stories suck. Why would they do that? What, they thinksome wuss in the audience won't be able to deal with that and get apsychological trauma? Oh, I have news for you directors Â such kind ofpeople don't watch horror movies. Real horror fans will take anythingyou'll give to them and ask for more, so there's no reason, no reason Itell you to leave out such an important plot point of the story justbecause of your own lack of psychological strength. Shame on you LewisTeague, movie would have gotten at least 1 star bigger ratings if youwould have left the things how they were supposed to be.
I honestly do not know why Cujo is not as highly regarded as otherStephen King horror films. Even though I personally do not think it isa masterpiece, it is highly rewatchable and did very well in most ofthe necessary fields it takes to make an entertaining horror movie, inmy opinion, which I thought that would be enough to make more peopleenjoy it, but here I am telling myself it deserves a little moreappreciation and recognition. First of all, it had wonderful suspense and build-up. There was aclean, very well handled scare factor, and since they took so much timebuilding up the last minutes of the film, they give you enough time tolearn about the characters, to where you actually care for them, orcare to have Cujo rip them to shreds, whatever kind of person you areand how you perceive the characters. There was a nice use of blood andgore that might disappoint gore hounds, but ultimately satisfy truehorror fans, and the plot was very fun with no flaws.Also, since something like this could actually happen, it made themovie way more interesting and fierce than it already was; movies thatare realistic or could ever happen, through a person's perspective,always seem to be more heart-racing, and I personally think animalattack films are the creepiest horror films out there. Why I do notlove this movie more than I do is that the movie itself does get veryboring and irritating at some points to the point where you are itchingfor something, anything to happen, and I could not help but get alittle mad when they went with one of the most annoying horror clichÃ©s.The representation that people are going with of how the movie is meantto show the main character as a sinner and Cujo as her redemption is alittle nauseating as well, whether it is true or not. Nonetheless, Cujois a really fun movie, and I enjoyed it all the same. People criticizea lot about it, and even though there is a lot that one may find wrongwith it, that is the case with every movie and every movie's mainpurpose is to entertain, which Cujo definitely does that.
I have not seen Cujo for a long time, so I did not want to comment onit until I knew I would see it again. So I rented it and while I wasscared and felt tense, it was a little outdated. See, nowadays, youcould just easily use your cell phone to call yourself out of the car.But the plot was very real and terrifying. I've read the book "Cujo",and it's awesome. The movie and the book=not together. So don't expectaccuracy. But I would recommend for a good scare or for horror moviefans. Otherwise, it is an outdated movie that you just scream at amillion times. But when you see the relationship of mother and son andthe protection of those two in the car scene, it's rather touching.7/10
I watched this last night having read the book some years ago and wasnot sure what to expect. Some Stephen King films are much better thanothers. This is one of the very good ones. It centres on a marriagewhere perhaps out of boredom has ended up with the wife having anaffair with the local craftsman. On finding this out the husband needstime to think and goes to an emergency advertising meeting for ten dayswhich is out of town and tells his wife to take the car which needsrepair to the local mechanic. Enter Cujo, a big soppy St Bernard wholoves all people. Unfortunately he has been bitten by a rabid bat andas the film goes on he gradually starts killing people. The car breaksdown when they get up there and they are marooned with a killer dogtrying to eat them. A very good film with first class acting, thetension was built up beautifully. My only criticism was that in someshots when Cujo was attacking people it was wagging its tail whichdoggies only do when they are happy !!
This review is from: Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) 'Cujo' is a pretty good intense film! King's story about a family pet that goes bonkers after being bitten by a bat is great when the dog is on screen, but when the thread bare story drifts into TV movie melodrama, it looses steam and credibility. I am still a fan of the film because the second half of the film is so strong and the pacing of the animal slowly deteriorating into an uncontrollable killer seems very real, although I could have done without the last attack by the dog in Camber's house. It turned an otherwise believable story into the typical Hollywood ending, always trying to get one more good jolt out of a scene. The new 25th ann. edition DVD sports an excellent transfer and an interesting documentary and commentary. I rate the film 3 1/2 stars, but the new release pushes my rating to 4 stars!
There is hundreds of different types of horror films as every movie fanknows. Cujo is within the group of films that (literally from start tofinish) falls into the category of "realistic horror". Since mostmoviegoers 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 amore complexed type of frights such as some of King's other literarytransitions (which are superb), a tormented girl with telekineticabilities (Carrie), a teacher with psychic abilities (The Dead Zone), ahaunted hotel in the mountains (The Shining).This very simple story involving a mother and son trapped inside of abroken down Ford Pinto by a dog with rabies results in a movie thatpulls no punches. It's a harrowing tour- de-force. If you reallyhaven't seen it, thinking it would just be boring, watch it the firsttime on a home theater with all of your lights out. It's a mesmerizingride. Very scary.Cujo is one of the most brilliant horror films ever crafted.
Cujo fans have waited a while for this. A special edition of this Stephen King classic. This film rocks. It is better than the book. It is very realistic. You can expect good picture quality and some very good extras on this. The cover art is good too. Recommended.
This review is from: Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) I have waited a looooooong time to see this film get the special treatment it deserved. For years, the only way I had to view this classic horror treat was on an old DVD release with cropped edges, horrible picture, and NO special features at all.....not to mention the ugliest DVD artwork ever for a Stephen King release.Lionsgate has now given us Cujo as it has never been seen on home video. I was blown away by how clear the picture is, and how vibrant the colors are. The old transfer just seemed washed out and faded. I watched this on my PS3, which upscales it to hi-def, and I never dreamed this film could ever look this good. I'm also glad that there was no effort to try to create a surround sound track for this film, since most of it takes place inside a car. You have the choice of watching it in the original mono, or a 2 channel stereo mix. While this is not a film I would choose to show off my surround system, it is very effective for what is happening on screen. Not only do we get treated to a remastered copy of the film, but Cujo also has some really good special features. The 3-part documentary runs about 45 min. total, and is very informative about the way the film was made. Both Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro take part in the documentary. The director, Lewis Teague, also provides a good commentary track. I only have two minor complaints: 1st, there is no trailer for Cujo and 2nd, with it being the 25th anniversary edition, I would rather have seen the artwork from the original movie poster as the cover. I'm not complaining too much about the artwork since it is a huge improvement over the previous version, I just think the poster with the white picket fence and the word "Cujo" in blood was a great poster.Bottom line: If you own the original DVD version of Cujo, put it in the doghouse. You will be glad you upgraded to this fantastic version of what I think is one of the best adaptations of Stephen King's work on film.2013 Blu ray UPDATE:I just got my new copy of Cujo in the mail, and thought I would add this to my previous DVD review.Of course, the one thing you want to know; is this worthy of a double dip?? Well, that depends on how much you like this movie. I'll break it down into a list of pros and cons, then you can make your own decision.PROS * FINALLY, we get cover art from the original movie poster. This packaging is AWESOME!!! Original artwork is also reflected on the disc itself. * New commentary from director Lewis Teague. This is a really entertaining track. * Sound seems to be remastered. * When I saw the video of the 25th anniv. of Cujo, I thought it couldn't get better. I have to admit that I was wrong. This is the best Cujo has ever looked!!! The HD transfer has obviously been remastered since the 25th anniv. edition. The picture looks gorgeous!!!! * On-screen menu also uses original poster artwork.CONS * No other extras included other than commentary * Price is a little high for a bare bones movie.BOTTOM LINE: In the case of the new 30th anniv. edition of this film, it really comes down to how much you're willing to pay for a new commentary track and some awesome artwork. If you do decide to double dip on this one, I would definitely save the previous 25th anniv. edition. That way you have the complete extra features.
I just watched this movie again on cable, and, frankly, it scared thebejesus out of me. I'm not great with dogs anyway, but a huge rabid St.Benard charging a woman and a 5-year-old makes dogs even more scarythan they've ever been for me. This was a very well-crafted thriller,and it easily subscribes to the "less-is-more" syndrome. Any movie thatis able to scare you without a ton of blood, a hockey mask, creepymonsters - or anything else in that gender of film - is definitelyworth viewing. And this one stays with you LONG after the credits roll.The only thing I haven't ever understood is why Dee Wallace's characterdecides to get out or the car the first time AFTER she knows Cujo isthere. Tadder is fine, and there's no reason to move, but I guess theplot needed a little shot in the arm... Well - rent this film, but keepthe Valium close at hand and the lights on, so Tad's monster doesn'tjump out of your closet.
This review is from: Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) This is a timeless Stephen King Film, has some great thrills, and scenes that will haveyou jumpin' out of your skin.....Enjoy.
Especially the scene with the bat-cave for bunny rabbits.Cujo totally busted out that window rawr rawr rawr Cujo doesn't likephones, rawr rawr rawr, he's eating my cell phone, oh no's!Look out wife-beater, Cujo's gonna get you and your little friend rawrrawr rawr rawr rawr rawr!Oh no, the police are here!Go, Cujo, Go!It is the best movie ever, especially when the woman uses the gun tobreak the rear window as opposed to the already broken window! She's sosmart!Oh, man, he totally ate that guy!Go, Cujo, Go!Look out, she's got a gun!Shoot her! Shoot her!Clever girl.OH MY GOD, CUJO ATE MULDOON!Go, Cujo, Go!
At first when Cujo starts it seems that it is not going to be such a greatfilm, but after 5 minutes your thoughts will change. Cujo is a well made,scary film that does not rely on gore for impact.For a third of the film, the main characters are locked in a car, and terroris forced upon the audience. The characters are real and portrayed well byall. A definite must see for horror fans.RATING = 8 of 10
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".(RedSabbath Rating:8.0/10)
This review is from: Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition) (DVD) I absolutely love dogs, and have never been afraid of them. Just the look of that rabies drool oozing down his face would be enough for me. This dog is too smart too. I liked (but not really) how he just sat on the hood of the car staring right in her face! Creepy.....
Mother & son's car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and they are heldhostage by a giant, rabid dog. Horror film takes some time getting started,but once things pick up it is one of the best constructed and mostfrightening and intense horror films in cinema history. Dee Wallace Stoneisfirst rate. Rated R; Graphic Violence and Profanity.
Cujo is one of those great Stephen King movies. The book translates well into film (sure, the ending is different, but while the one ending is right for the book, this ending is right for the film). The acting is superb. The writing is great and believable. The direction and cinematography is great. Dee Wallace is wonderful as is Danny Pintauro (who played Tad), but the true star were the five St. Bernards, the one mechanical head the the guy in the suit that played Cujo. A lot of King's books have trouble making it to film. Cujo isn't one of those.
Why, oh why, is this trash considered a classic? I've seen higher bodycounts on episodes of The Simpsons. Virtually nothing happens in thisfilm and much of it's running time is filled with nearly unbearablemelodrama straight out of a low-rent soap opera.The Trenton family are going through tough times and when dad is awaymommy and little boy go to get the car fixed. But when they get to theranch they discover that the guard dog has gone mad. The rest of thefilm is just them sitting in the car while the slobbering St. Bernardcircles them over and over.Regarding the kid, I have never, ever seen a more annoying child in afilm in my life. And obviously he's completely Aryan sinceblonde-haired and blue-eyed kids, such as the one prominently featuredon packets of Kinder chocolate, are apparently more sympathetic thanpeople with brown eyes and dark hair, like me. All he does is cry andwhine. Same goes for mommy. She gets out the car, she gets in the car,she gets out the car, she gets in the car.I know this was made in 1983 but I just sick to death of horror filmswhere the characters make stupid, illogical decisions. If mommy justused some common sense she'd be able to get away from the icky dog.It's very poorly written and there's zero tension. If you want to see agood "bad dog" movie then check out John Lafia's Man's Best Friend.It's funny, inventive, has a better dog, a higher body count and a moreinvolving story. Leave this garbage be.