The old gray mare just ain’t what she used to be and the St. Bernard ain’t feeling too hot either. Previously precious pooch Cujo got his schnozola chomped by a perturbed bat, and now he’s riding the rabies train! Consequently, E.T’s mom DEE WALLACE and her little son DANNY PINTAURO are beginning to look like two oversize chew toys to the killer canine. What did they do to deserve the mongrel’s wrath? Well, she’s having an adulteress affair (Don’t worry it’s with her real life love CHRISTOPHER STONE) and he’s well, he’ll grow up to be Jonathan Bower on WHO’S THE BOSS? That could get anybody’s dander up! Don’t expect high adventure; most of the action takes place in a stalled Pinto. Director LEWIS TEAGUE (ALLIGATOR) is more interested in claustrophobic tension and he brings it by the bucketful. Both leads are put through the ringer, and both deliver spotless performances. We’re all quite aware of the awesomeness that is Dee Wallace, so it’s Pintauro who surprises. His near constant whines and whimpers may be annoying (especially when a ringing telephone is added to the mix) but I can’t think of a more authentic portrayal of anguish by a child so young. (Dude was six!)
- Don’t blame Cujo, it’s all the bat’s fault!
- Child star BILLY JACOBY (SUPERSTITION, BLOODY BIRTHDAY) confronts Cujo in the fog
- “Nothing wrong here!” commercial for cereal that makes you pee red
- In the best scene in any movie ever, mom of the century Dee finally looses her shit and screams “Alright I’ll get your daddy!” with all the red-faced rage of a woman who is beyond exhaustion. Get this woman on THE ACTOR’S STUDIO! Dee hit the zone!
- Heads up Cujo, Dee found a Louisville slugger!