Cujo (Horror/Drama) [Movie/Review]


Year: 1983
Genre: Horror/Drama
Source: Blu-Ray (Eureka)

Evil bites when a monstrous canine terrorises a helpless family in this legendary cult classic. Based on Stephen King‘s best-selling novel, Cujo gives horror a new name. While Donna (Dee Wallace, The Howling, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and Vic Trenton struggle to save their rocky marriage, their son Tad befriends the loveable St. Bernard who belongs to their mechanic. But what they don t realise is that a bat bite has transformed Cujo from a docile pup to a vicious killer. With Vic away on business, Donna and Tad’s car trouble pushes them into a living nightmare trapped by the demonic, relentless dog from hell. This critically acclaimed thriller promises to have you glued to your seat and foaming at the mouth!

Classic, part horror, part infidelity drama. I have seen this several times, but never really fell in love with it. I think mainly because the main lead woman and her son are so annoying (although great acting) I just want them to die 😬. The father in the movie, played by soap opera actor Daniel Hugh Kelly is the only likeable character in the movie … and the rabbit 😂. There’s also another thing that always have pissed me off, but I talk about further down since it’s kind of a spoiler. The locations are beautiful and just with the opening shot you get that awesome 1980’s feeling. A fun fact is that according to some, 4 St Bernard dogs where used during the movie, and some say it was 5-6.

The movie 6/10, but the new Eureka special edition blu-ray release 10/10. This is how you do a blu-ray release.

The Amazing Cujo movie poster from Ghana … so bad it’s awesome!

Released in theaters on the 18th of November 1983, it had a budget of about $5.000.000 and grossed $21.156.152 so I guess it was kind of a success. Filmed in several locations around California and Utah you get the illusion of it being very hot, but it was quite the opposite. For example, when Donna and Tad are trapped by Cujo in the car, it looks extremely hot yet the conditions were actually very cold during filming. At one point it got so cold inside the car that heaters were placed inside to keep the actors warm, but they would have to be turned off for shooting to prevent their sound from interfering.

Stephen King has admitted several times that he was so deep into his alcohol addiction at the time that he does not remember writing the book. He has also stated that if he could rewrite one of his books, it would be the ending of this one. In some interviews he said he was inspired to write the story when he met his mechanic’s intimidating dog while having his motorcycle repaired one day out in the countryside. Feels like a little bit of a conflict to say he was both inspired to write this, and also don’t remember doing it, or?

As I said the boy (Danny Pintauro) is awesome in the movie (although annoying as shit) so I have to wonder why didn’t have a bigger career after this one. He only has 11 credits as an actor. He was only six years old at the time of the movie and had not learned how to read yet. He would often have to memorize his lines from the script with the help of his mother who was always close by on location. Which makes his performances even more impressive.

Dee Wallace who plays the mother is a different story, she has 251 acting credits to this date and Stephen King has stated that he feels she gives the best performance in this film of any film or TV adaptation of his books, including Kathy Bates’s Oscar-winning turn in Misery (1990).

This was the first film to take place in the fictional town of Castle Rock, which would go on to feature in The Dead Zone (1983), Stand by Me (1986), The Dark Half (1993) and Needful Things (1993). Rob Reiner, who directed Stand by Me and produced Needful Things, also named his production company Castle Rock. Today we have the TV show simply just called Castle Rock.


SPOILER: In the original Stephen King novel, Tad Trenton dies of dehydration while Donna contracts rabies from her fight with Cujo. There was a rabies scare following the incident, not mentioned in the film. The outcome of the Sharp account was not mentioned, in the book he had saved it. This is also a thing that I anNoy me and takes away little from the film for me. I hate when they have to make a happy ending to please the masses.

This deluxe edition that comes in 4000 copies from Eureka is amazing. This is how you treat a classic. 10/10.

  • Hardbound Slipcase, featuring newly commissioned artwork by iconic British illustrator Graham Humphreys
  • Reversible sleeve featuring artwork by Justin Osbourn and original poster artwork
  •  A LIMITED EDITION 60-PAGE Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Lee Gambin, author Scott Harrison, and Craig Ian Mann; illustrated with archival imagery from the film’s production.
  • 1080p presentation of the film, on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK
  • Uncompressed LPCM mono soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • New and exclusive feature length audio commentary by Lee Gambin, author of Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo
  • New interview with Dee Wallace [40 mins]
  • New interview with composer Charles Bernstein [35 mins]
  • New interview with stuntman Gary Morgan [25 mins]
  • New interview with stuntwoman Jean Coulter [21 mins]
  • New interview with casting director Marcia Ross. [20 mins]
  • New interview with visual effects artist Kathie Lawrence [13 mins]
  • New interview with special effects designer Robert Clark [12 mins]
  • New interview with dog trainer Teresa Miller [28 mins]
  • Dog Days: The Making of Cujo archival documentary on the film s production [42 mins]
  • DISC TWO [Limited Edition Only] – Q&A with Dee Wallace from Cinemaniacs & Monster Fest 2015 , moderated by Lee Gambin [96 mins]
  • DISC TWO [Limited Edition Only] – New interview with critic and author Kim Newman [25 mins]
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