Man’s Best Friend: Cujo (1983)

Now we’re talking. After the relative disappointment (ha!) of the frankly shitty Rottweiler, it’s time to look at what is probably the definitive killer dog movie out there. The name “Cujo” has become synonymous with mad, bad and dangerous fucking dogs, and this is probably the most celebrated killer dog movie out there. 

Stephen King famously said that he has almost no recollection of writing Cujo, due to a quite heroic level of alcohol abuse. However, the premise is fairly simple and it is one of his most streamlined novels, so we should be thankful for the shaky hand of Vladimir Smirnoff that was on the tiller. Particularly given that he’s making serious attempts to retcon everything he’s ever written into the Dark Tower Universe, and Cujo is absolutely impossible to tie in to that vision; not unless the dog is possessed by Flagg or something, and even King isn’t daft enough for that.

The story is quite inordinately simple. Brett Camber’s (Billy Jayne) Cujo is a large and lovable St. Bernard, who one day makes the mistake of getting his snout trapped in a rabbit burrow. Ordinarily, this isn’t much of a problem, except the poor bugger has managed to find a burrow filled with rabies carrying bats. Before you know it, he’s been bitten with famously disastrous consequences. In the meantime Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) is having an affair with Steve Kemp (Christopher Stone). Her husband Vic (Daniel Hugh Kelly) knows about this, but is struggling with financial problems. Eventually, Donna and her son Tad (a quite remarkable performance from Danny Pintauro) are trapped in their old Pinto up at the Camber garage where an enraged and completely out of control Cujo terrorises them. The only question is- will they die of dehydration or dog bites?

There is quite an inordinate amount of set up here. Bear in mind that Cujo is bitten by the bat in the opening frame of the film, and Donna doesn’t make it up to the Camber place until the half way point. Usually, this would bore and piss me off, because I really want to watch a large and angry dog maul people, but in this instance the story absolutely requires it. There just has to be a plausible reason why the disappearance of Brett Camber, Donna and Tad doesn’t arouse suspicion- and it’s here in spades: Brett is taken away by his mother from the abusive Joe (Ed Lauter), while Vic has to be out of town to salvage his career and think about his marriage. Furthermore, one of the killer problems of horror movies is if we don’t give a red fuck about the characters. By working so hard to establish them, we do care- we care that Donna knows she has made a mistake (and King blatantly knew, because the entire second half of the film is obviously him punishing her/ women in general for being sluts), and despite her affair we do like her and root for her. This is in no small measure down to Wallace, who puts in an absolutely stupendous performance in a little horror movie. Vic, on the other hand, is a bit of a prick, but that’s fine, because he’s obviously suffering and it is him that raises the alarm. On the other hand, Stone can’t give Kemp a much-needed air of craziness. You don’t buy that he would snap and destroy her house because she dumped him, and therefore the red herring that delays Donna’s rescue just isn’t very effective.

Nevertheless, I don’t really want to talk about what doesn’t work in Cujo, because there’s a hell of a lot to like here. The second half of the film packs a real wallop as Donna and Tad’s situation worsens. Their options start to shrink and they are, frankly, dog chow. Cujo doesn’t full on assault them constantly, rather he’s a watchful presence outside the sanctuary of the car, just waiting for the opportunity to go to town on them. Whenever Donna does make an attempt to get out, he’s on her in a flash, a mass of slavering jaws and feral barking. There’s a sequence just after she’s bitten where the camera pans around in circles inside the car, accelerating in time to the crescendo of Donna and Tad’s screaming that is stunningly effective. It’s a very simple idea, but it instills panic in the audience, because we can share the predicament of the two main characters.

Then there’s Cujo himself. I’ve got mixed feelings about him, if I’m honest. On one hand, he’s superbly trained, and the transformative doggy make up is very well considered and thought out. There’s a scene where Brett says goodbye to him and he lollops out of the mist to see his boy one last time that screams of tension. By this stage of the film, Cujo is a very sick puppy, yet through clever lighting and cinematography you get the feeling that the dog still loves the boy and knows that if he doesn’t get the fuck away from him then he’s going to do something that he’ll regret. It’s actually quite sad in a way watching the giant St. Bernard’s form recede into the mist, and full marks to director Lewis Teague for this.

However, there are some dogs that are intrinsically frightening. Think Rottweiler, Doberman, Alsatian, Pit Bull etc. These are all look like big, fierce aggressive fucking beasts that will rip you limb from limb given half a chance. Then there are some dogs that just aren’t scary in the slightest, such as the crap dogs like poodles, etc. St. Bernard’s are not scary animals- they’re great big slobbering balls of love and cuteness with sad eyes and a famously generous temperament. What were St. Bernard’s most famous for pre-Cujo? Climbing up mountains with brandy for struggling mountaineers. This is just not an intimidating breed, and that’s despite the fact that they are bloody big animals. Cujo in particular suffers from this, because no matter how good the pooch make up is, and it is as mentioned really good, he still spend a lot of time sitting outside the car with his head in his paws and big mournful eyes staring at the trapped family. Furthermore, no matter how well trained, you can’t undo an animal’s basic nature and at one stage when he’s supposed to be savaging them he’s on his hind legs barking like Cerberus himself and his fucking tail is wagging. This is all clearly a great game to the dog.

Nevertheless, since King wrote the St. Bernard into the book, the film is lumbered with it- and it does work hard to compensate for a lot of the innate lovable nature of the animal. He’s filthy and blood encrusted, and looks about as feral as it is possible to make a big friendly beast look, and the film does handle his descent into madness really well. If anything, actually, the contrast between how loveable the dog is at the beginning compared to the killing machine at the end should be a strength of the film, but there’s no escaping the nature of the beast.

Overall, I do recommend this one. It’s probably the most famous killer dog film out there, and this is for a damned good reason. It’s a very effective film, and also a surprisingly touching one, and if you haven’t seen it then I do suggest that you look it up, even if only for the performances of Pintauro and Wallace. Just be warned, though, don’t expect mano-e-poocho action from the beginning, because there is a lot of set up here.

Next time, I’m not particularly sure what film to go for as I’ve got so much choice, but it’ll be hard to live up to this one.

Until then,

Jarv

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107 responses to “Man’s Best Friend: Cujo (1983)”

  1. Jarv says :

    This was the worst film to get pictures for that I’ve ever done. Basically, the entire second half of the film takes place in a car. Each picture is almost identical.

  2. Droid says :

    I think this is a great film, but haven’t seen it for a long time. I remember it terrifying me when I was about 9.

  3. Xiphos0311 says :

    I agree that the only “real” problem with the movie and its slight is that no matter how good the make up St Bernards are not in the least bit threatening.

    however i disagree about one thing breeds like poodles and dalmatians have been so over/inter bred that they have horrible temperaments and that your supposedly “killer’ dogs that you listed aren’t inherently “bad.” Its that they’re usually owned by chuckle heads that fuck them up because they are scared of them then whine about the dog “turning” on them.

    • Jarv says :

      I completely agree about that- fucking Dalmatians are so badly inbred 1/3 of them are deaf. What I meant is that they aren’t aesthetically frightening to look at. Also, I also agree that looks aren’t everything, a mate of mine’s father was savaged by a Springer Spaniel, and they aren’t intrinsically scary to look at at all.

      A big black fucking Rottweiler snarling at you is a million times more frightening than in idiotic toy poodle. Fucking hate Alsatians though, but that’s because one of the cunts bit me once. Cujo himself, no matter how hard they try is still just a big dopey loveable pooch.

      I like dogs.

      • Droid says :

        I was also attacked by a German Shepherd when I was a kid. Big goddamn bastard.

      • Jarv says :

        Fucking horrible bastard animals. Some chucklehead left his gate open and the cunt shot out like an exocet. Took me down before I made it two paces towards the tree I was running for.

      • Droid says :

        Mine was my own fault really. I was at Dad’s workshop and wasting time by playing around with a ball, and the guy in the workshop nextdoor had a german shepherd who came out and obviously wanted to play. Of course being a stupid 5 year old kid I was trying to keep the ball away from him and he went for me. Scared me half to death and gave me a good chomp too. Been wary of them ever since.

      • Jarv says :

        That reminds me of the guy that sued his next door neighbour because the dog bit him. He got $10K, but was disappointed although he did concede that the award reflected that he’d been provoking the dog by shooting it with an air rifle.

      • Droid says :

        hmph! Bit harsh comparing me to that knobhead!

      • Jarv says :

        Hehehehehe.

      • Droid says :

        I was 5!

        I’m glad you didn’t make it to that tree. Bastard.

      • Jarv says :

        Fucking never stood a chance. I wasn’t even on the cunts property.

  4. Bartleby says :

    good review Jarv…I actually think him being a St. Bernard sort of makes the movie more effective than just a typical killer dog movie.

    He isn’t intrinsically threatening at all, I agree.. but I suspect that was part of King’s original plan.A good bit of early King was about taking things that weren’t just mundane but also lovable/comforting and turning them against you.

    A movie with an notably more ‘intimidating dog’ might have been initially more terrifying, but it would be harder to keep that tension with them trapped in the car interesting. I like that when the attacks are over, and he’s just slumped there on the ground exhausted, it’s like lovable old Cujo…except he’s killed people.

    I’m a sucker for dogs, so I thought that aspect kept us feeling some sort of compassion or feeling for Cujo himself. He is himself in a whole lot of pain and misery too and on film, those big lovable eyes help that feeling . It’s a little subtle but I think its what adds to the poignancy or ‘touching’ element you mentioned.

    My recommendation for next movie: Man’s Best Friend with Lance Henriksen and Ally Sheedy…mostly because it’s trying so hard to cash-in on Cujo. Would be an interesting comparison.

    • Jarv says :

      I’m a sucker for dogs, so I thought that aspect kept us feeling some sort of compassion or feeling for Cujo himself. He is himself in a whole lot of pain and misery too and on film, those big lovable eyes help that feeling . It’s a little subtle but I think its what adds to the poignancy or ‘touching’ element you mentioned.

      The bit where he says goodbye to the boy is genuinely touching. I’d completely forgotten it.

      While they do a great job with dog make up to make him more frightening, they just can’t stop his tail wagging! He’s blatantly enjoying himself when he’s meant to be savaging her.

      Nevertheless, it’s some of the bets animal training I’ve ever seen- the dog almost puts in a performance it’s that good, and I can’t think of too many films like that.

    • Bartleby says :

      it also dovetails with rottweiller because it’s a cyborg dog…no half ghost though.

      • Jarv says :

        Man’s Best Friend? I shall get it. For some reason I’ve not seen it.

      • Droid says :

        Yeah, that’s one I suggested at the beginning. I’ve seen it.

      • Bartleby says :

        henriksen makes a frankenstein dog that has laser eyes and jaguar dna (or something) and Short Circuit style, he escapes..and ends up with….Ally Sheedy, and becomes her lovable pet, until you piss him off.

      • Jarv says :

        Sounds awesome. Any juggs?

      • Droid says :

        All I remember from that film is that he can climb trees (because of the jag dna) and he’s chasing a cat that runs up a tree and looks down triumphantly at him (as cats do). So the dog climbs the tree and eats it.

      • Jarv says :

        That sounds really funny.

      • Droid says :

        It’s the one thing I remember because I howled with laughter. Alas the rest of the film doesn’t quite match the hilarity of that scene.

      • Jarv says :

        That’s so often the way. When I was watching Maniac Cop 2, the Chin’s death is hilarious, yet the rest of the film is both rubbish and lacking in chins only having the uberchin of Z’Dar

  5. Xiphos0311 says :

    All I remember from that film is that he can climb trees (because of the jag dna)

    let me preface this by saying I know this is an incredibly dumb question but why use jaguar DNA? Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to climb trees to get at escaped slaves and I figure canine DNA would be much easier to work with in dogs then feline DNA

    • Jarv says :

      Ah, you should watch Splice. Makes that seem like pure logic.

    • Droid says :

      I don’t think it was specifically for climbing trees. I think it was more for speed. It’s so long since I’ve seen it that I don’t remember the details.

    • Bartleby says :

      Xi, I agree..but this particular movie wasn’t exactly concerned with reality, because, and I sort of hope Im making this up but Im pretty sure Im not, he also has chameleon DNA which allows him to camoflauge himself like the T2 liquid terminator… I just recall the dog being invisible, cloaked.
      The bit with the cat is hilarious because there’s a shot of the cat, tail twitching frantically, getting sucked down the dog’s maw… good times.
      Despite all this potentially schlocky goodness and Lance (coming off his awesomeness in Hard Target) I don’t recall it being very good.

  6. Bartleby says :

    No, despite the movie being called Man’s Best Friend, they donot make an appearance… no one’s do as I recall…maybe Lance’s.

    • Jarv says :

      Yikes!

      He should keep his top on.

      • Bartleby says :

        I think Im bluffing..he’s not even in the movie that much…sort of playing the usual Frankenstein doctor who makes the dog, spends movie trying to get it back, shows up again for grand finale appearance.

        I recall seeing MBF at a drive-in at Halloween in 93, sandwiched between Warlock:Armageddon and Ticks. Wow, that was a night of crap.

      • Jarv says :

        Ticks is good!

        Warlock 2 is a bit stupid and ain’t great.

      • Jarv says :

        This suggests the chance of some boobage:

        Max finesses his way into the house, goes upstairs and peeks through the key hole of Lori’s bedroom, where he sees Lori making love to her boyfriend.

      • Jarv says :

        Wikipedia is fucking hilarious:

        Meanwhile, Max is madly in love with Rudy’s pet Collie Heidi. One day after escaping his confinement, he spies on Rudy taking Heidi into his house. After Rudy and his father (Del Zamora) leave for the baseball game, Max jumps the fence, climbs through the window, and seduces Heidi.

        Er, say what now?

      • Droid says :

        They used to have these movie marathons at cinemas growing up, where they’d play 4 films in a row starting at 10 or 11 pm. Man I saw some crapola. In one of them, I saw Assassins, Under Seige 2, Fair Game, and Showgirls. Now that was a night of crap.

      • Jarv says :

        Not a single good film in any of them. Showgirls is at least funny.

      • Droid says :

        Showgirls is easily the most entertaining of them. Leaps and bounds more entertaining actually.

        “I’m not a stripper, I’m a dancer!”

      • Jarv says :

        “VerSAYce”

        Hehehehehehe.

        “She moves like a dump truck”.

      • Droid says :

        My favourite line of the movie is by one of the Johnson’s (no relation) from Die Hard. He’s the manager of the low rent strip joint, and when Saved By The Bell hits the big time he comes to visit her, and says…

        “It must be weird, not having anybody cum on you.”

        hehehe

        It’s so crass. I love it.

      • Bartleby says :

        but remember dude, this was that weird part of the 90s wherethat kind of thing was getting oddly whitewashed. Even a completely dreadful thing like Boxing Helena, where the concept is nothing but depraved, doesn’t ultimately have anything in it.

      • Jarv says :

        Helena does. Fenn’s norks, his fiancée’s norks and there’s the scene with the hooker. Not to forget the finale of the film.

        What a piece of shit that is.

      • Bartleby says :

        if they are there, they are brief… chances are all the Enigma music was so blaring I closed my eyes and missed them…what a dog that was.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s a really grubby and nasty sex scene with the hooker. He’s shagging her and Fenn gets off watching. There’s loads of norks in it as I remember.

      • Jarv says :

        Although you are right, there’s quite an inordinate amount of Enigma.

        The biggest disappointment on that front was Sliver. I was promised Sharon Stone masturbating in the bathtub, and what did we get? No boob in sight, and horrible Carly’s song over and over again.

  7. Bartleby says :

    I tried to watch Warlock Armageddon recently…its really not very good at all. Even as a young freshman in highschool, I still know it was a big comedown from the original—whichisnt amazing but it is quite funny and entertaining and well made.

    Ticks is the only out of the three that I recall actually enjoying. That kind of movie was built for a drive-in. It wasn’t at theaters very long around here, and it was released under a different title…Infested. That’s what I knew it as, and was surprised when it never hit video, only to discover it a year or so later, when I rented Ticks and found it to be the same movie.

    • Jarv says :

      The only bit of Warlock 2 that is fun is the Picasso sculpture. The rest of it is a bit stinky. Oh, and the birth is reasonably gross and amusing.

  8. tombando says :

    Yeah saw last half of this yrs back, it was ok. Liked Et Mom the best of the lot. She is quite good here and in Et. Had a couple collies growing up, got bit a few times. They should redo this w a rabid Beagle. I would watch it.

  9. Bartleby says :

    Droid, Droid, our local drive-in used to do that all the time… One of the best was just a few weeks before that…Jurassic Park, Demolition Man, Fortress (the Chris Lambert/Jeffrey Combs one), and Hard Target …Yes one of those is clearly ‘not like the others’ but JP was the dusk showing and was still there by virture of playing all summer.

    • Jarv says :

      Hard Target FTW!

      • Bartleby says :

        Replaying those lists in my head made me realize something…Look at that…Hard Target, Fortress, Ticks, Warlock, Man’s Best Friend…even if they only played for a week or two, schlock was a lot more prevalent at the theaters back in the day, or rather that particular breed of schlock was. Now everything has to have a multi-million dollar veneer to hide the fact its every bit as silly as those movies.

      • Jarv says :

        There is still some schlocky garbage getting theatre time, but it’s a different type- For example, Night of the Demons remake got a decent run and turned in a good amount of cash (I was disgusted by this) and that’s every bit as obviously cheesy as the ones you’ve mentioned. And has demonic anal sex.

      • Jarv says :

        Ditto the awful Prom Night remake.

      • Jarv says :

        Although that doesn’t have up the wrong ‘un demonic syle in it. It’s still Rubbish, though.

        Not that the NOTD remake is any good, because that’s rubbish too.

      • Bartleby says :

        That didnt get any kind of a theatrical release around here..it was a DTV in the States.

      • Jarv says :

        Which one? Prom Night definitely did.

        And having just checked NOTD didn’t. I thought it did for some reason. Good.

      • Bartleby says :

        I dont see those remakes–NOTD aside–as schlock in the same way, They are glossy looking junk trying to come off better than they are.

        Fortress, Hard Target, etc…were the Equilibrium and Outlanders of their day (production wise) and the kicker is they all got better releases back in the 90s then the latter two did here. I had to hunt my butt off to find theaters showing Equilibrium and Outlander and in both cases, I only saw them because someone alerted me to the fact they were playing..no ads, no nothing.

      • Jarv says :

        See also Solomon Kane.

        I get what you mean though.

      • Bartleby says :

        Kane didnt even get that for us Yanks.

      • Jarv says :

        Yeah- I think it could be fairly said that Marshall is still doing it- with stuff like Doomsday.

    • Bartleby says :

      dont know why I started that post like I was trying to spin you a sonnet…sorry..it happens sometimes.

  10. kloipy says :

    I agree with Jonah that the fact of him being a St. Bernard helps the cause. At first he’s cute and friendly, but by the end when he’s covered in film and fericious it works for me. I love the fact that his tail is wagging like he is enjoying the attacks. The books is different, I understand why they changed it for the movie but I think it would have had a greater impact if they kept the orginal ending.

    • Jarv says :

      I’ve forgotten the end of the book. I don’t think it’s that dissimilar.

      • kloipy says :

        *Spoiler*

        Tad does not make it.

      • Jarv says :

        Harsh. That really was King punishing her for infidelity. Was Mrs. King shagging around on him?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        wouldn’t you if you were Mrs King married to that weirdo in his cocaine and booze addled days?

      • kloipy says :

        if you guys have read On Writing, I was suprised how candid King is about his addiction in it. He definitely doesn’t paint himself in a good light in it. But he has a really interesting personal story from where he came from. Regardless or not if you like his new writing, he’s definitely changed his life around. He does a lot for his community and charity, it’s nice to see someone of his celebrity who still acts like a normal person and isn’t afraid to give back

      • Jarv says :

        I keep meaning to read that. As soon as I get over being insulted by the end of The Dark Tower, I may give it a shot.

      • kloipy says :

        seriously, it’s a great read and really informative. First half is a memior and the second half is about the craft of writing. It’s really great

      • Bartleby says :

        As we were coming through Bangor, we stopped by town and King was out and about then, involved in local events…the people there love him, and not for being some great author, but because he’s seemingly pretty involved with everyone.

        On Writing is an excellent piece of writing, as was his short piece on the baseball coaching. He’s actually surprisingly terrific at nonfiction memoir stuff like that.

      • Bartleby says :

        He did take an extraordinarily large crap on The Dark Tower…

      • Jarv says :

        It was a massive, massive slap in the chops. Not to mention the M.Night style writing himself in to the 6th Book.

        I really like that Baseball essay though, brilliant.

      • tombando says :

        Take it from the resident Mainer here, Kings rep for charity and good community works is well founded. He is all that. He left his wastoid days back in the 70s.

        He got into owning radio stations, helping out schools and etc, generally if some little library suddenly gets a new wing or a hs football team a better field to play on-Kings fingerprints are on it.

        I never got into his writings, to be honest, but its true King is an institution in my homestate.

  11. kloipy says :

    I had a doberman when I was in elementary school, grew up with me. Best dog I ever had. As sweet, loving, and protective as any dog I’ve ever had.

    • Jarv says :

      Looks fucking scary though. A House I lived in had a mastiff when I lived in Deepest Darkest Camden. Fucking huge dog, soft as a pudding and daft as a brush. Scared the shit out of people though.

      • Jarv says :

        I’ve gone and edited the sentence in question, because I wasn’t clear.

      • kloipy says :

        That’s the thing, my dog (Mr. Dog) would have never hurt anyone, but people thought twice when they first saw him. But then again that dog was afraid of everything, the door, frogs, ect

      • Jarv says :

        That’s what I mean. If they’d used a Mastiff for this, it had the same big doleful eyes, but is an intrinsically more frightening animal than a St. Bernard.

        The scariest St. Bernards on film are Beethoven’s fourth.

      • kloipy says :

        I’ve seen Beethoven’s 4th too. And god that film was terrifying!

  12. Continentalop says :

    I second Bart’s recommendation for Man’s Beast Friend. I remember it being goofy fun.

    And one reason the book version of Cujo always trumps the movie version is its connection to the Dead Zone, like the use of Frank Dodd’s name and linking it to Cujo. That’s especially true with the death of Sheriff Bannerman. In the movie he’s just this lawman who shows up and dies, but in the book you’re like “No, no George! He’s a good man.”

  13. Continentalop says :

    Do you have any of the Hound of the Baskervilles on your docket for this series?

    • tombando says :

      I like ’39 Rathbone one myself.

      • Continentalop says :

        Rathbone version is good, but I really like the Hammer version with Cushing as Holmes. He made a great Holmes IMO.

        I recently discovered the old Adventures of Sherlock Holmes radio show, Tom Bandito, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce. Pretty fun late night listens (not as good as Edmund O’Brien in “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” though).

      • Jarv says :

        I want to do the Cushing Hammer Baskerville. I love that.

      • tombando says :

        I like Tom Conway, remember him in a couple 40s Val Lewton flicks. Am sure it would be worth hearing Conti Pops.

  14. Toadkillerdog says :

    Hmm, well they may have cast the wrong St. Bernard for this flick, but those dogs can be extremely fierce and ferocious.

    My guess is they had no choice but to find a sweet looking St B – one that was well trained, because the bigger and wilder ones would have destroyed the set – ate the director and taken a crao on all the co-stars.

    Those dogs get a bad rap for being friendly.

  15. Toadkillerdog says :

    I would put a pissed off St B up against just about any dog including the most vicious dog I have ever encountered – a Cane Corso

  16. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Yeah, haven’t seen this since…well, forever, but I certainly remember liking it and having enough tension as a kid watching it.

  17. ThereWolf says :

    “…not unless the dog is possessed by Flagg or something, and even King isn’t daft enough for that.”

    Please don’t tempt him, Jarv.

    I must give ‘Cujo’ a second go. I didn’t really like it, just seemed to take too long to get going & I didn’t find a St Bernard all that frightening. Impatient teenager, wasn’t I. Couple of years ago I nearly bought the R1 ‘special edition’ DVD but because of the negative memory I sacked the idea. I might be better equipped to appreciate the movie now.

    ‘Man’s Best Friend’ – “…a frankenstein dog that has laser eyes…” Get in there! I’m having that all day long.

    I’ve been bitten by dogs on two separate occasions; I just bite them back.

    Nice one, Jarvis.

    • Jarv says :

      I thought the same when I was a Kid, but this time round the slow burn really works well- because it establishes precisely why nobody looks for them for 2 days- and otherwise it’s a glaring plot hole. I do wish it was a bit less soap opera-y.

      This is a particularly loveable St. Bernard as well.

  18. henriettashippo says :

    Stephen King is or was a genius this definitely was not his greatest work. Smart of him though to use a St. Bernard they are so lovable and awesome its hard to comprehend them being vicious.

    • Jarv says :

      Thanks for the comment.

      Totally agree, the St. Bernard on the page is genius, because it’s a loveable animal that’s huge and you can’t picture it savage.

      On screen, though, it’s just too big and friendly.

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