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Based on a Stephen King novel, Cujo is not as menacing or as frightening as other film adaptations of King's popular stories and especially cannot compare to the 1976 Carrie. Cujo is a happy St. Bernard until he is bitten on the nose by a rabid bat and slowly begins manifesting the symptoms of his fatal illness. His condition deteriorates as he attacks people again and again, until finally, mom Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) and her son Tad (Danny Pintauro) are trapped inside the family car with Cujo lurking nearby, set to kill them any way he can. A showdown is inevitable but is as predictable as the rest of the film.~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide


  • Dee Wallace
  • Danny Pintauro
  • Daniel Hugh Kelly
  • Christopher Stone
  • Ed Lauter
  • Kaiulani Lee
  • Billy Jayne
  • Mills Watson
  • Sandy Ward
  • Jerry Hardin

Did You Know?


  • The exterior of the Trenton house was a facade.
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  • When Cujo attacks a cop in the hallway of the house, his tail has obviously been strapped to one of his legs.
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    • Vic Trenton: There are no real monsters.
    • Tad Trenton: Except for the one in my closet.
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Is it possible for a horror movie to be too good? If it is, then Cujo is it: this is one of the few films on record where the combination of low shock and high style results in an experience that borders on the unbearably intense. The movie is spectacularly well-made, but it's nearly unwatchable. [29 Aug 1983]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Cujo is one of those nightmares that does not require even the suspension of disbelief. Anyone who can accept that there are dogs, people and cars that don't work can be scared silly by this movie. And, of course, the caveat: Anyone who takes a young child to Cujo needs to have his head examined. [15 Aug 1983, p.C6]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

To be blunt, because there was just barely enough material in the source text to pad out the film, the filmmakers also used a lot of the stuff that worked in novel form but came off as stultifying on the screen.

Metacritic review by Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine