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Year
1983
Runtime
93 min.
Director
Lewis Teague
Genres
Thriller, Horror
Rating *
6.0
Votes *
24,469
Checks
5,281
Favs
89
Dislikes
92
Favs/checks
1.7% (1:59)
Favs/dislikes
1:1
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  1. neocowboy's avatar

    neocowboy

    I've seen scarier episodes of Scooby-Doo. 8 years 10 months ago
  2. ChrisReynolds's avatar

    ChrisReynolds

    Stephen King lists this movie as one of his 10 favourite adaptations of his works. Over Carrie, The Shining, and The Dead Zone. I don't know what he sees in this one.
    Problems with this film are numerous: the action doesn't get started until 40 minutes in, and then quickly gets stuck in a single location; the direction is workmanlike and bland; the dog is never convincingly threatening, with lots of fast cuts and shaky camera-work to convey a lot of the attacks; characters often make stupid decisions so that the plot can put them and others in danger; almost all the characters are annoying and unlikeable, particularly the little boy; the sub plots of the affair and the ad campaign aren't all that interesting and take up far too much time.
    There are some good points, though: Dee Wallace is good and convincingly portrays the exhaustion and terror of someone in her situation; she's also pretty good in the sub-plot of the affair, putting in a reserved but believable performance and helping to evince sympathy for her character; Jan de Bont photographs the film well; and there were two or three genuinely tense moments.
    8 years 11 months ago
  3. kombelpeter's avatar

    kombelpeter

    Perhaps the most unlikeable and annoying child actor in cinematic history. I just desperately wanted that it would eat them all. This adaptation is confused, cheap and irrelevant. I am a Stephen King-fan though, so I hope Cujo gets a better adaptation somewhere in the future. 7 years 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #418 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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