Director: Lewis Teague
Main Stars: Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro
Storyline: A dog gets infected with rabies and traps a mother and child at a car shop.
Review (Spoils): Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) is a housewife who gets caught having an affair on her husband. Her husband leaves town to think shit over and she is left alone with her son Tad (Danny Pintauro). While driving with her son she runs into car problems so she takes it to a car shop to fix the car. What she did not know is there is a dog there named Cujo who got infected with from a bat. This leaves the mother and son trapped in the car (which is broken down remember) trapped inside while the mad dog watches. Oh did I mention the owner of the dog has been killed by the dog?
The movie can tense at times but after a while the film does drag as how far can you get with a storyline of a woman and child trapped in a car. You feel bad for the mother as the film goes on as she is a survival game, till the final struggle between mother and dog in the house.
This film does not rely on blood or gore but instead more thriller as the dog does get slowly more and vicious as the disease overtakes him. Dee Wallace does do a great job playing the defending mother of her child over the dog. Danny Pintauro is annoying as always.
Rating: Another Stephen King classic turned to film. The movie can have its slow parts but when you think killer dog, you think Cujo. It’s not the greatest film but it is a animal horror classic.
Director: Lewis Teague
Main Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker
Storyline: An alligator gets flushed down the toilet and survives in the sewers. It eats lab rats that had growth hormones and the creature grows and travels the streets of Chicago for food.
Review (Spoils): A small girl gets a baby alligator at a gator show. Her father is mad at her and upset so he flushes Ramon down the toilet. Ramon lives in the sewers for many years and eats people that go down in the drain system. The city enlists a zoologist named Marisa Kendall (Robin Riker) to investigate who just happens to be the little girl at the beginning of the film. Through the search they find out that a pharmaceutical is dumping specimens down in the sewers also which explains the growth of the gator. In the end the gator comes above ground and starts eating people in the streets and Marisa and friends lure him back down and then blow him up.
This film is gory and yet fun at the same time. The movie moves at a better pace then I thought it would and it’s an entertaining animal horror film. Sure some of the parts are laughable but hey its horror and that’s half the fun!
Rating: First we had jaws, then the piranha and now alligator! The film is actually not bad and it is entertaining enough that I made it through the film. There are way worse monster animal films out there and alligator is enjoyable as it goes with the old urban legend of gators in the sewers. Cheers to Ramon as he is one big gator!
Cat’s Eye (1984)
Director: Lewis Teague
Main Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods
Storyline: Three short stories of horror originally written by Stephen King based around a cat and his journeys.
Review (Spoils): So this movie is nailed down by three short films, The Quiters, The Ledge, The General.
The first film is The Quiters which is the best of the whole bunch. The background of this is the cat gets picked up by a NY doctor who helps people quit smoking by drastic means. Dick Morison (James Woods) wants to quit smoking so he joins up. He finds out it involves torturing a cat and his wife and some serious stalking to see successful. This is very interesting short story and it was well done.Plus it has James Woods.
The Ledge, the second story of the film is leaning more towards the poor man (Robert Hayes) who owes money to a Gamble Lord (Kenneth McMillan). The cat makes its way to the hotel room after being part of a bet. Basically the story revolves around the Gamble lord watching the poor man walking the ledge around the hotel for a bet on his debt.
The last and final story is The General which the cat makes its way into the arms of a little girl named Amanda (Drew Barrymore). The storyline is simple the little girl is afraid at night in her room and feels there is something in there trying to kill her. It turns out she is right.
Rating: This film was just ok not the greatest and very slim on plot. The first storyline was the best of the whole lot. There are way better Stephen King movies out there than this mix match thing.