'Cujo - 25th Anniversary Edition'
(Dee Wallace, Robert Behling, Danny Pintauro, et al / DVD / NR / (1984) 2007 / LGF)
Overview: In rural Maine, Vic and Donna Trenton (Hugh-Kelly and Wallace) struggle to repair their crumbling marriage, while their young son Tad (Danny Pintauro) befriends a hulking, lovable, 200-pound St. Bernard named Cujo ... that after a rabid rabbit bite doesn't remain loveable for too much longer!
DVD Verdict: If I had read the book first I would have probably known what I was in for when I originally sat down to watch this movie back in the mid '80s. I have a deeply rooted fear of confined spaces and possibly an even bigger fear of being eaten. So basically, this movie scared me to no end!
Now I have to admit much of the story (and acting) moved along fairly slowly, until the mother and son were stuck in the middle of nowhere, in a station wagon, with a large, rabid Saint Bernard attempting to get inside! It was this portion of the movie that got my skin crawling! When Cujo starts attacking the car and you just get this feeling that nobody is getting out of there alive, that's good Horror entertainment!
Strangely enough I never felt that Cujo should die or that he was a "monster". I just kept thinking that all of us are victims of circumstance, and not one of us has control over the events in our lives. That concept alone is terrifying! The acting of the mother and son were perfect and I'd really like to know how they got the dog who played Cujo to act so mean! To me, a claustraphobe, this was one nightmare of a movie.
If I had been younger I would have probably developed a serious fear of dogs to boot. But dogs are great, as long as you make sure they've had their shots! You don't want your dog going Cujo on you, now do you! One of the scariest movies I've ever seen!
And now it is finally here, all these 25 years later (well, it is an Anniversary Edition release, after all!) and ready to 'attack' a whole new generation of viewers. And sure, it doesn't contain the greatest soundtrack, but o-well. Any Stephen King fan knows what this film is about. The little boy gets annoying at times, but o-well, if that was me at that age, I probably would have crapped my pants! A very good film to view on a dark and cold fall evening! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary by Director Lewis Teague
"DOG DAYS": The Making of Cujo - Three-Part Documentary with All-New Interviews Featuring cast and Filmmaker