Now there’s a new name for terror…
Cujo, a lovable St. Bernard, is bitten by a rabid bat and eventually turns into a deadly monster; Donna (Dee Wallace) and her son Tad (Danny Pintauro) happen to cross his path. The Stephen King novel unexpectedly turned into a straightforward but highly effective thriller that one half hour into the story creates a claustrophobic situation that seems very probable (and thus frightening). This is certainly a movie for cat lovers. Well directed and Charles Bernstein’s music sets the mood both in moments of horror and tenderness. Great performances by Wallace, young Pintauro… and the five St. Bernards and one Rottweiler who play Cujo.
1983-U.S. 91 min. Color. Produced by Robert Singer, Daniel H. Blatt. Directed by Lewis Teague. Novel: Stephen King. Cinematography: Jan De Bont. Music: Charles Bernstein. Cast: Dee Wallace (Donna Trenton), Danny Pintauro (Tad Trenton), Daniel Hugh-Kelly (Vic Trenton), Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter, Mills Watson.
Last word: “‘Cujo’ is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my career. Working with a 4-year-old child and five dogs was exhilarating, exhausting, and empowering. I have special memories of working with my husband Christopher Stone and watching the hot air balloons drift over our valley every morning at 5:30 or 6:00 […] Lewis Teague was brought in three days after we started filming. Thank God. His gentle guidance was invaluable on the set. He had originally taken a look at it. I’m not sure of the specifics about what happened, but I am thrilled that it turned out the way it did.” (Wallace, Upcoming-Movies)