CUJO (1983)

Directed By:
Lewis Teague

Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter and Robert Behling

Rated R
Genre: Horror
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Graphic Language, Graphic Violence


I'm sorry if for some strange reason you like this movie, even though for the life of me I can't imagine why. The story of a big fluffy and normal friendly Saint Bernard named Cujo. One day Cujo was chasing a rabbit in the woods which ducks into a hole, Cujo sticks in his head in the hole and gets bit by a bat. A bat carrying rabies, not the cute family pet is a killing machine and a mother and her child becomes the target when they arrive to pick up their car. This whole thing about the family dog turning into a killing machine might be a scary premise, but it wasn't unique, even back then. Need we forget James Gardner in "THEY ONLY KILL THEIR MASTERS"? The following is a list of what's wrong with CUJO.

1) Why was Cujo running around loose if he had a owner, no way I'd let my dog Rommel frolic in the woods by himself, who know what could happen.
2) The owner saw his nose was injured and didn't take him to the vet WHY?
3) I never heard of bats and rabbits being roommates and why was the rabbit rabbet if he was staying with the bat?
4) The story takes like forever to get going and after it finally gets going it stops again mid-stream.
5) Twenty minutes of "JUMP THE CAR". By which I mean the mom tries to leave the car to call for help and the dog attacks her again, jumping on the car as she closes the door.

Frankly I never read the book and I don't know if they stayed fateful or not. But if they did, in my humble it didn't translate well to film and frankly just between me and my loyal readers, was a real waste of my time and money. We both give CUJO a heartfelt sorryful NOOSE.