MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 567 this week

Cujo (1983)

5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 20,723 users  
Reviews: 129 user | 84 critic

A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video + 1 more

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 21 Aug 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 29 Jun 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 22 Oct 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 28 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Cujo" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cujo (1983)

Cujo (1983) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cujo.

User Polls

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong
Christine (1983)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul
Thinner (1996)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight...

Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Joe Mantegna, Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney
Pet Sematary (1989)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Director: Mary Lambert
Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne
Silver Bullet (1985)
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story.

Director: Daniel Attias
Stars: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim
Sleepwalkers (1992)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige
Firestarter (1984)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones
Creepshow (1982)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A.Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau
Cat's Eye (1985)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King
The Dead Zone (1983)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.

Director: Michael Gornick
Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John
Salem's Lot (TV Movie 1979)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Vic Trenton (as Daniel Hugh-Kelly)
...
...
Kaiulani Lee ...
...
Brett Camber (as Billy Jacoby)
...
Sandy Ward ...
...
Merritt Olsen ...
Arthur Rosenberg ...
Terry Donovan-Smith ...
Robert Elross ...
Robert Behling ...
Edit

Storyline

Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is a turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber is a young boy whose only companion is a Saint-Bernard named "Cujo", who in turn is bitten by a rabid bat. Whilst Vic, Donna's husband is away on business, and thinking over his marital troubles, Donna and her 5-year-old son Tad take her Pinto to Brett Cambers' dad's car shop... the car fails, and "Cujo" is very, very sick... Written by Miguel Cane <Stepford@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Now there's a new name for terror... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cujo - O Novo Símbolo do Terror  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,200,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Karo syrup dyed red was used for fake blood. See more »

Goofs

The blood and mud spots from Cujo jumping on the car change from scene to scene, in some cases disappearing completely. See more »

Quotes

Professor: Nope. Nothing wrong here.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The films title appears out of a pool of swirling blood. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cop Out (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
It might have you foaming at the mouth?
14 March 2006 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A St. Bernard dog is playfully chasing a rabbit, but when the dog decides to pop its head into a burrow it's bitten by a rabies-infected bat and slowly over time it becomes a maliciously uncontrolled mutt. Which, it turns on its owner and also terrorises that of a unfaithful women and her son that came to get their vehicle repaired, but only to be trapped in their broken down car with rabid dog outside trying to get to them.

Beethoven… yep, I just couldn't stop thinking of the lovable Beethoven when watching this flick. That was one of my childhood favourites, but I guess it isn't going to be quite the same when I come across it again. I won't look a Beethoven the same way again. Anyhow, this is one of the King's better-made adaptations. Although, it's a long way from brilliant, it delivers a stable amount of interest and tension to proceedings. This was my second viewing of it and it has hardly lost any of that full-blooded impact it generated, especially the heart racing standoff between the dog and the trapped victims. I wouldn't be surprise that you don't think your watching a horror film to begin with, as the opening basis centres around a family melodrama, raising martial issues and work commitments. It kind of comes across as cheesy in its supposed sentiment in those moments.

Then it kicks into gear with the slow beginning making way for a crackerjack final 40 minutes of simple confined tension built around isolation. It also doesn't hold back on the vicious dog attacks with ample ferocity and raw suspense being belted out. Watching people being mauled apart by this giant scuffed up dog wasn't that pleasant at all. The gore effects were more than adequate and it looked the part of a rabid dog perfectly. But you couldn't help but feel sorry for the dog, as it's more of a victim then the people who he's terrorising. Honestly I cared more for the misunderstood pooch than the initial victims. The characters weren't entirely likable, with the exception of one or two, but I didn't connect with them in this mess. The story is simple and plays it straight, but that doesn't mean it avoids the familiar clichés. Although, it doesn't entirely hurt the film, well it kind of enhances it actually. A surprising factor I found was that the film's camera-work was well choreographed with plenty of swirling shots and when it needed to up the ante it became rather erratic to fit in with the mood. Also add in some glorious slow-mo. The score on the other hand I thought was forcefully unbalanced and didn't fit into the mood at times. The performances are all sturdy and very hard to knock. Dee Wallace-Stone was at the top of her game as the wayward wife and Danny Pintauro as her worried son was equally so. Daniel Hugh Kelly gives a likable performance as the father and of course the endearing dog is worth a mention too. The strong performances make this traumatic experience even more believable.

A tautly constructed and work-man like film that won't push the boundaries, but its intensely petrifying in its simple origins.


19 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Am I the only one who thinks the kid is annoying? dark_seed81
Remake Cujo ? artisticoutbreak
Kid didn't die? SinnerisaSaint
This story could never happen these days. tessafest
How is Cujo only a 5.9? seahawk3133
Have to disagree with Stephen King on this mr-murph
Discuss Cujo (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page