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Discussion in 'Cujo' started by Lepplady, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Lepplady

    Lepplady Chillin' since 2006

    This is one of the few movies I won't watch. It's not that I can't stand a scare here and then, even a BIG one. But there's an instant when the kid's screaming in the back of the car, watching his mother get mauled by the dog that I just can't watch. Maybe the kid was too good an actor, or maybe I just have a delicate spot about kids in such distress. But I just can't.
  2. Cowboy

    Cowboy Lesser-Known Member

    Usually better if the kids is getting mauled......have you met my kids?
  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I haven't been able to watch or read this since I became a parent--I barely got through the end of the book as a teen! Tad is heartbreaking in either version.
  4. jacobtlong

    jacobtlong The Nerdiest Member

    I still haven't seen the movie...

    The book was hard enough to read. Some manly tears were shed that day. :sob:
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...sorry to say...but I wept more for the corruption of that big old lunkhead of a dog...
  6. xkittyx

    xkittyx Unfound

    I cried for Cujo too. Poor doggy :(
  7. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    As soon as poor Cujo was bitten I put the book down, will not read book, will not watch movie. Sorry, Mr. King, but to me there is no bad dog.
  8. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Stephen would agree. :) In fact, a line from the book reads "It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog....."
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  9. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    All dogs are good dogs until something or someone hurts them.:tire:
  10. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    That was his point, too. It wasn't Cujo's fault that he got bitten and contracted rabies. He wasn't acting the way he normally would have and had no control (Stephen used the words free will) over his actions once his mind had been taken over by it. He was a victim, too. All that said, I haven't read the book or seen the movie yet either. :wink2:
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  11. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

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  12. gniknehpets

    gniknehpets Backwards Sister Member

    You haven't read it yet?!? You are missing one of the most gut wrenching and heartbreaking stories I've ever read! Okay when I put it that way I can see why you would choose not to read it. It hits a person right in the guts and keeps on punching. I loved, loved, loved this book. I may be sick... But then so are about a billion other people who love it!
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  13. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

  14. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    That's the line that broke my heart and made me put the book down.:uncomfortableness:
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  15. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    I read the book, knowing in my heart it was not Cujo's fault for his actions. My reading minds eye visualized the disease as evil, and his inability to control it. I have not been able to watch the movie and shutter each time I see a preview.
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  16. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    I had a fear of dogs for a long time as a youth, but now I'm pretty friendly (and respectful) with most animals. Anyway, Cujo really hit home for me as someone who used to be afraid of dogs.
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  17. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    I watched the movie again a month or so ago, and the book is in my top three. There are no bad dogs, agreed, but Stephen sure made whatever was lurking inside ol' Cujo utterly desperate and all-consuming. The dog never had a chance, really, and that was the real horror of the story. He was just reacting. All the fuzzy fella wanted was the noise to stop. :(
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  18. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    That is so true. He tried to please his boy, his man. (somewhat a line from end of book) What you don't get in the movie that you get in the book is Cujo's perspective. You really felt sorry for him since his brain was muddled and confused on why this was happening to him. Dogs don't know why things hurt and they can't express in human terms. I thought King captured it perfectly. Didn't he say on "On Writing" he didn't remember writing the book that well. If that's true, it a shame for him, really. It's a masterpiece!
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  19. AnnaRose

    AnnaRose Well-Known Member

    I haven't read it or seen the movie...I can't stand animals in such conditions.
    As for the mom being killed in front of her child, that is heart breaking, but I believe no parent should see their child die. I get chills when I think of it; no parent should outlive their child.
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  20. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    this movie is a clumsy, incredibly boring adaption of a highly terrifying book...

    the dramatic tension that is built page by page until the three meet in the yard is excrutiating...and then it delves into true horror...

    none of that exists within this film...

    a great and brutal book unworthy of such a lesser effort.

    this could've been, if handled correctly, the type of movie, like 'the exorcist', 'alien' or carpenters 'the thing' that people revere decades later...

    sorry i can't join in the fun and think it is good on any level...it, like 'christine' is one that is in dire need of a truly great remake
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