Donna Trenton is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is in 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>
This adaptation of the bestseller by Stephen King about a rabid St. Bernard can best be described as humdrum film-making. It is not a bad film nor a good one, but it certainly is rather pedestrian. Basically a woman and her son are stranded in a pinto(what a fate!) while a ferocious St. Bernard waits for them to come out. The whole first half of this movie(minus the two minute explanation of how Cujo became rabid) is really about nothing related to the dog. The pinto needs repairs. The little boy sees imaginary monsters in his closet. A woman wins a lottery. Dee Wallace has an affair with a local handyman. A guy on TV keeps talking about cereal. I know...it sounds oh so exciting. After 40 minutes of this we get the first murder by the dog(the victim just happens to be the guy that played Perkins, the Jungle Cat, on Sheriff Lobo). Overall the acting was mediocre. How many ways can Dee Wallace distort her face and scream? Now to give credit where credit is due, the dog is indeed impressive. He is enormous and looks very scary when covered in blood, sweat, and drool. And some of the moments in the car are well-crafted scenes of suspense. But as a whole, the film really doesn't offer much more than you would expect from this type of film. For me it offered even less than what I expected.
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