“Nope. Nothing wrong here.” After watching this film, they may need to rethink that statement. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they revisit the real-life horror on display in Stephen King’s Cujo (1983).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 244 – Cujo (1983)
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Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
- Directed by: Lewis Teague
- Writing Credits: (novel by) Stephen King; (screenplay by) Don Carlos Dunaway & Barbara Turner (writer) (as Lauren Currier)
- Cinematography by: Jan de Bont (director of photography) (as Jan De Bont)
- Editing by: Neil Travis
- Special Visual Effects Makeup: Peter Knowlton
- Movie Poster Artist: Robert Tanenbaum
- Selected Cast:
- Dee Wallace as Donna Trenton
- Danny Pintauro as Tad Trenton
- Daniel Hugh Kelly as Vic Trenton (as Daniel Hugh-Kelly)
- Christopher Stone as Steve Kemp
- Ed Lauter as Joe Camber
- Kaiulani Lee as Charity Camber
- Billy Jayne as Brett Camber (as Billy Jacoby)
- Mills Watson as Gary Pervier
- Sandy Ward as Bannerman
- Jerry Hardin as Masen
- Merritt Olsen as Professor
- Arthur Rosenberg as Roger Breakstone
- Terry Donovan-Smith as Harry
- Robert Elross as Meara
- Robert Behling as Fournier
- Clare Torao as Lady Reporter (as Claire Nono)
- Daniel H. Blatt as Dr. Merkatz
- Robert Craighead as Joe MaGruder (uncredited)
Who let the dog out? This incarnation of the 80s Grue Crew did, for their 100th episode together and for this year’s Halloween episode. For the occasions, they dip back into the Stephen King well for one of the trio of his films released in 1983: Cujo. Unleash the terror! Despite the puns, this film has a lot going for it. Director Lewis Teague gets powerful performances from Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro that make Cujo a truly terrifying and heartwrenching movie. And then, there’s that rabid giant of a dog! The 80s bunch loves it! Even so, they go oft astray.
At the time of this writing, Cujo is available for streaming from MAX, as well as PPV from multiple sources. It is also available on physical media as Cujo (40th Anniversary Edition) in standard Blu-ray or 4K UHD formats from KL Studio Classics.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be Maximum Overdrive (1986). It’s a King doubleheader and a double tap for the latter. Who doesn’t love a Green Goblin-adorned semi-truck?
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