Screwing with Cujo

Stephen King’s CUJO was the first out-and-out Horror novel I ever read, excepting Peter Benchley’s JAWS when I was in first grade. I was in seventh grade when I read CUJO. As with JAWS, my mother bought me a cheap used paperback at a yard sale. She really had no idea what was between those thin paper covers. With this being the case, Cujo, the hulking, rabid St. Bernard, has always had a special place in my heart. I enjoyed the film version, though it didn’t do justice to the book, and the idea of a remake would normally be exciting for me. Oh, but then the stupid has to intervene.

How stupid are we talking, here? Pretty damn stupid. They want to change the title to C.U.J.O. As in, “Canine Unit Joint Operations.” As in, Cujo is now going to be some kind of government black ops lab-created secret weapon or something. Which isn’t Cujo. Not even remotely. This, then, won’t be a remake at all. They’re just going to try to cash-in on the notoriety of the title, on Stephen King. It’s shady as hell.

Remember that cheesy 90s B-movie MANS BEST FRIEND? This new movie sounds like a remake of THAT–which, honestly, I’d be okay with. The latter film was stupid, but it was SUPPOSED to be stupid. It was enjoyable in that it could be laughed at, the way it is with all good bad movies. C.U.J.O. on the other hand sounds just–well, there’s no better word for it, is there?–stupid. Not good stupid. Stupid, stupid. Let’s hope this film never gets made.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!

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