Genre Guesstimation – Cujo (1983)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Jane of 500 Days of Film  She has chosen another genre that is well out of my own comfort zone but I am once again up for the challenge.  We will be reviewing our favorite Horror Films

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to horrorjane@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jane!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Horror Movies…

cujo“There are no real monsters. ” – Vic

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After a local dog gets rabies, it goes on a rampage killing people in its path.

My Take on it – When Jane chose this genre for this month, I was a biot scared because since this isn’t a genre I am very fond of, I wasn’t sure what movies I would use for both this series and for my favorite(s) for Genre Grandeur.

I know that I’m in the minority of film bloggers who really detest horror films, so I decided to take up the challenge and find movies to watch for both of these series.

As I began to do research, I quickly realized that my two best bets would be to use Hitchcock films and Stephen King adaptations.

I went with Cujo first because when looking thru King’s filmography, I needed to find something that is only moderately horror instead of full out.

Despite not liking horror in any shape or form, King’s books have appealed to me for the past nearly 30 years and I’ve read a lot of his books and seen a lot of his movies, but there are some classics that I’ve always avoided.

My first thought after watching this was actually how surprised I was that I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.

No, I haven’t become a convert, but this to me was more a thriller than a horror film.

King knows how to write a good story about seemingly ordinary occurrences and turn them into exciting and thrilling stories.

Having watched Old Yeller (1957) recently, I was reminded about how tragic it can be when someone’s pet contracts rabies and needs to be taken care of before it becomes rabid.

Having seen this film, I’m actually now quite intrigued to read the novel it is based on just to see how King plays it all out in words since he really is a master storyteller.

Watching the parts that take place in the Pinto made me start to think about whether my car was working properly and how would I react in such a situation.

The cast is quite good here all around but the standout are obviously Dee Wallace and Jonathan Pintauro (who would go on to star in the TV show Who’s The Boss with Tony Danza).

This film have made me want to watch a few other King adaptations, so keep on the lookout for a few more.

Bottom Line – Surprised that I liked this more than I thought I would. King really is a master storyteller and I’d actually now be interested in reading this book to see how things play out there.  Really made me concerned that one needs to always make sure that their car is in good shape.  Cast is quite good around the board but Wallace and Pintauro are both especially great. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The dogs featured in the film would often have their tails tied down to their legs because the dogs would be enjoying themselves so much that they would wag their tails during filming. This tactic was missed once in the editing where they show Cujo from behind ready to attack and his tail is wagging energetically.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. I liked this one a lot, but it isn’t one that grabbed me enough that I’d wanna watch it over and over and consider it among my favorites of the genre.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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