CUJO (1983)

Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is in turmoil after her husband Vic learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber (Billy Jacoby) is a young boy and a son of a mechanic, Joe, (Ed Lauter) whose only companion is a St. Bernard named "Cujo." Cujo is bitten by a bat with rabies and his behavior begins to change. While the dog begins to succumb to the disease, Brett and his mother leave for Connecticut to visit his mother's sister. When Donna and her young son, Tad (Danny Pintauro), drive out to the home where Cujo and the Cambers live, the gentle Cujo has been driven insane by rabies and has killed Joe and the Cambers' neighbor. Worse, their car gives out near the Camber's house and Donna and Tad are trapped inside while the massive dog waits outside, attacking repeatedly, all while Vic is out of town on a business trip...

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. "Cujo" is an ancient Indian word meaning "unstoppable force". Stephen King cites this film as having the most effective scare of any of the movies based on his works, referring to the jolting scare where Cujo first leaps at the passenger window of the car. The film was #58 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.

Director: Lewis Teague
Writter: Lauren Currier, Book: Stephen King (novel)
Starring: Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter
Running Time: 91min
Country: United States

Rating: 8.5/10


In Las Vegas, school teachers Robinson and his wife Elizabeth are trying for a baby. While horse riding through the desert one evening, Elizabeth witnesses the execution of two coyotes and an illegal immigrant by the human trafficker Jimmy Dolan and decides to report the incident to the police. However, she loses her cellular and Dolan finds it, tracks her address down and threatens her. Elizabeth goes to the FBI with Robinson and they move to a safe house under the protection of two agents. When Elizabeth sneaks from the house to buy pregnancy tests, her car explodes and she dies. Robinson decides to avenge Elizabeth's death...

Based on a short story of the same name by Stephen King. Sylvester Stallone was originally slated to play the role of Jimmy Dolan. He was later replaced with Christian Slater. In Vegas Dolan stays at The Montressor Hotel. This is a tip to the story that inspired Stephen King to write 'Dolan's Cadillac' - Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado'.

Director: Jeff Beesley
Writter: Richard Dooling, Book: Stephen King (short story)
Starring: Wes Bentley, Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier
Running Time: 105min
Country: United States

Rating: 8/10

Leland Gaunt comes to Sheriff Alan Pangborn's pleasant little New England town, and opens a store. What this kindly Satan sells is whatever you need, from a surcease from pain to an object which you have always coveted. The Faustian price is, of course, corruption, and soon the poor sheriff's town is wracked by jealousy, spite, and violence.

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. The setting of Needful Things is a fictional town called Castle Rock, Maine - as in Stephen King's novel. The distribution company Castle Rock was named after it when it released Stand by Me (1986). Castle Rock was also the setting for The Dead Zone (1983), Cujo (1983), and The Dark Half (1993).

Director: Fraser C. Heston
Writter: W.D. Richter, Book: Stephen King (novel)
Starring: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, J. T. Walsh
Running Time: 120min
Country: United States

Rating: 7/10

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