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-CUJO- When a two-hundred pound dog is on rampage, stay out of its way. In the book CUJO, by Steven King, a horrific incident unfolds. Infected by a particularly violent strain of rabies, a normally good natured two hundred pound St. Bernard, Cujo, becomes a brutal and vicious killer. Some say the rabies was the left over evil from a mass murderer who’s victim’s bodies were never recovered, until a rabbit tempted a dog into a cave filled with diseased bats. Meanwhile, a strange beast keeps appearing in little Teddies closet, seeming to get closer every night, and taunting doom. And, a distressed husband leaves town even after learning that his wife, and Teddy’s mother, was having an affair with another man. Cujo’s owner, a 12 year old kid with a caring mother, visits some relatives in Boston, leaving his abusive mechanic father with Cujo. And during this time, they say, it hit the fan. As Teddy and his mother pull up in a car to see the abusive father about some engine trouble, they are greeted by a blood and gore encrusted Cujo, thirsty for another kill. This begins a weeklong ordeal for Teddy. As King describes Cujo’s thought, he twists a normally loving dog into a ruthless and cruel executioner. He blames his problems, headaches, thirstiness and rage in general, on the boy and the woman. He says he can taste their fear. He must kill them. He must rip their throats out and watch, slice open their stomachs and see their intestines spill out. He must. Driven with the blinding lust for blood, he tries in vain to get into the car. As the days drone on, Cujo’s evil mind forms traps in order to catch the boy and the woman off guard. Increasingly trickier, Cujo finally lures the woman out, partially because Teddy is starving to death, and is super dehydrated. However, Cujo is well fed. It turns out that his owner’s father is a good caretaker after all. He feeds him regularly. After a narrow escape, the woman witnesses the atrocious killing of a police officer, and knows that there is little hope. As Teddy struggles to survive, she debates her options in her head… What can she choose? To Live or To die?
posted Jun 1, 2006 at 10:40PM
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