Based on the Stephen King best-seller, this is the story of a family pet that becomes a satanic killer.
Dee Wallace (Donna), Danny Pintauro (Tad), Daniel Kelly (Vic), Christopher Stone (Steve), Ed Lauter (Joe Camber), Kaiulani Lee (Charity), Billy Jayne (Brett), Mills Watson (Gary), Sandy Ward (Bannerman).
Cujo begins with plot setup before pulling back into character introduction and development. Once back to the storyline the suspense and terror ramps up nicely to a point anyone afraid of animals, and dogs in particular, are on the edge of their seat. Along the way we get some side-stories adding a bit of drama to the film, and depth to the characters. An earlier King creation, the film builds suspense slowly but climaxes nicely with situational terror that is very nicely done.
Acting was a bit rough around the edges in this one but Wallace and Pintauro found their stride when the horror started. Stone was an interesting distraction but didn’t bring much to the film other than a distraction. Kelly, Stone, and the remainder of the supporting cast was good if a bit rough around the edges. Cujo, or his handling, was well done with the animal truly making the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with a nice mix of natural and crafted settings though the film is showing some age. Effects, particularly with Cujo, were nicely done with good gore shots. Dialogue was good if a bit campy at times. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall Cujo is a well done horror flick with good suspense and thriller components as well. Though the film is feeling a bit dated now, it is still worth watching if you are a horror or Stephen King fan. Those wanting modern special effects or CGI will be somewhat disappointed.
With plenty of horror, blood, gore and terror, save this one for older teens and above. Definitely not for younger kids who have pets!
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Horror
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