That said, Cujo works well. Director Lewis Teague, then previously known for the amusing B-budget hit Alligator (1980), was brought in at two days notice after Peter Medak, director of The Changeling (1980) and Species II (1998), quit. Teague does a highly impressive job. The first half concerning itself with Dee Wallaces affair (the man she is having an affair with is real-life husband Christopher Stone) is less interesting. Although all concerned performed well, the characterisation is thin on the ground and it is merely prelude to the main action.
However, it is during the last forty minutes that Lewis Teague transforms Cujo into an outstanding orchestration of suspense and terror. The entire scenario is centred around Dee Wallace and Danny Pintuaro trapped inside the fragile refuge of a broken-down Pinto by the rabid dog outside. Teague restricts action entirely to this location the suspense generates from the building and then shattering of each possible hope and unexpected turn of events. Lewis Teague uses every cinematic trick at his disposal from crane cameras to 360-degree pans and cutaway cars. It is here that Cujo not unfavourably compares to the agoraphobic second half of Jaws (1975).
Lewis Teague subsequently returned to Stephen King material with the King-penned anthology Cats Eye (1985). Teagues other genre outings are the future prison film Wedlock/Deadlock (1991) and the tv movie The Triangle (2001).
Other Stephen King genre adaptations include:- Carrie (1976), Salems Lot (1979), The Shining (1980), Christine (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), Children of the Corn (1984), Firestarter (1984), Cats Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985), The Running Man (1987), Pet Semetary (1989), Graveyard Shift (1990), It (tv mini-series, 1990), Misery (1990), a segment of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), Sometimes They Come Back (1991), The Lawnmower Man (1992), The Dark Half (1993), Needful Things (1993), The Tommyknockers (tv mini-series, 1993), The Stand (tv mini-series, 1994), The Langoliers (tv mini-series, 1995), The Mangler (1995), Thinner (1996), The Night Flier (1997), Quicksilver Highway (1997), The Shining (tv mini-series, 1997), Trucks (1997), Apt Pupil (1998), The Green Mile (1999), The Dead Zone (tv series, 2001-2), Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Carrie (tv mini-series, 2002), Dreamcatcher (2003), Riding the Bullet (2004), Salems Lot (tv mini-series, 2004), Secret Window (2004), Desperation (tv mini-series, 2006), Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (tv mini-series, 2006), 1408 (2007), The Mist (2007), Children of the Corn (2009), Everythings Eventual (2009), the tv series Haven (2010-5), Bag of Bones (tv mini-series, 2011), Carrie (2013), Under the Dome (tv series, 2013-5), Big Driver (2014), A Good Marriage (2014), Mercy (2014), Cell (2016), 11.22.63 (tv mini-series, 2016), Geralds Game (2017) and It (2017). Stephen King had also written a number of original screen works with Creepshow (1982), Golden Years (tv mini-series, 1991), Sleepwalkers (1992), Storm of the Century (tv mini-series, 1999), Rose Red (tv mini-series, 2002) and the tv series Kingdom Hospital (2004), as well as adapted his own works with the screenplays for Cats Eye, Silver Bullet, Pet Semetary, The Stand, The Shining, Desperation, Children of the Corn 2009 and Cell. King also directed one film with Maximum Overdrive (1986).