Cujo (1983) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Cujo (1983) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1983
  • Genre:  Animals & Nature
  • Cast and crew: Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter, Kaiulani Lee, Billy Jayne, Mills Watson, Sandy Ward, Jerry Hardin, Merritt Olsen, Arthur Rosenberg, Terry Donovan-Smith, Robert Elross, Robert Behling, Clare Torao, Daniel H. Blatt
  • Director:  Lewis Teague
  • Screenwriter:  Don Carlos Dunaway, Lauren Currier, Stephen King

Cujo (1983) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.1 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.1 / 10;

Cujo (1983) Synopsis:

After being bitten by a bat, a huge St- Bernard dog gets infected with rabies, causing it to go berserk and kill everyone in his path.

Cujo (1983) Review:

Inspired from Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Cujo is the greatest success of director Lewis Teague, who also made King’s adaption of Cat’s Eye (a much better movie in my opinion). Despite the existence of a few other films of the same kind (Man’s Best Friend, The Breed), Cujo is such an emblematic movie that it is always invariably the first film that comes to mind when talking about a dog-themed horror movie.

The film takes quite some time for the action to get going, but once started, Cujo really delivers some great action scenes and lots of graphic horror scenes. The dog itself is really well made, with an astonishing work done on the dog’s makeup. The film is well worth watching just for seeing this lovely dog transformed into a super scary beast. The camera effects are also great and the feeling of oppression, when the mum and her son are stuck in the car, is complete.

Unfortunately, the story is mediocre, and the final part of the movie surprise-less. Those who haven’t seen it yet should be warned about the lengthy and lame introduction, as well as the usual happy ending.

In conclusion, Cujo is far from bringing one of the best King’s adaptation, but it is a good watch for sure. Everyone should give it a chance, at least for the great makeup work and the pleasure of seeing the iconic beast Cujo in action!

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