One of the most terrifying horror movies ever made is Cujo, Lewis Teague’s 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.
With the film’s 35th anniversary on the horizon (next year), author Lee Gambin’s enormous tell-all “Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo“ is available for pre-orders in both soft and hardcover editions. The book is a meticulously-researched, lovingly-assembled collection featuring thirty exclusive candid interviews and over two hundred never-before-seen production stills.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at three unseen images from the set of the film’s production with star Dee Wallace, animal trainer Karl Lewis Miller, and stunt man Gary Morgan.
“Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo” traces the film’s production from troubled start (the firing of original director Peter Medak and replacement by Teague) through the film’s legacy today as one of the most successful and well-regarded onscreen visions of King’s work.
Gambin provides a platform for the talented artists involved in Cujo‘s creation to disclose intimate details about their time on set including stars Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Danny Pintauro, director Lewis Teague, composer Charles Bernstein, as well as Gary Morgan, the stuntman who periodically filled in for the dogs playing Cujo in a custom-made Saint Bernard suit (check out our exclusive shot below!).
Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo is the ultimate “making of” collection and the perfect tribute to a modern classic – a pure celebration of eighties horror, Stephen King, canines in film, powerhouse performances from women and much more. Absolutely everything you wanted to know about Cujo is here on display in all its vicious, frothing glory.
Stunt man Gary Morgan in the dog suit and Danny Pintauro goofing off on set.
“The book is the definitive account of the making of this classic Stephen King adaptation,” Gambin explains to Bloody Disgusting. “When I do these kind of projects I tend to go all out and get incredibly exhaustive in my coverage. It is always fantastic to talk to the stars of the film as well as the director, but it is equally important to give a voice to everyone else. This book is a perfect example of that. I mean I went so far as I even got in touch with people related to those who were involved who are sadly no longer with us. One example is the addition of Mina Badie who is the daughter of Barbara Turner, the film’s screenwriter. Turner’s writing is absolutely championed in this tome, and Badie offers some lovely insight into her mother’s creative process. Originally assigned director Peter Medak goes into extreme depth about this also – he loved Turner and the two were excellent friends all the way through to her tragic passing last year, and he being fired led her to use the pseudonym of Lauren Currier. All these stories are just incredible and were amazing to research and report on. Horror fans and cinephiles alike are going to get a massive kick out of the book – I mean there is everything in here from the concept of using a supernatural element to Cujo’s condition being considered, to the antics that the crew got up to on the Camber farm which was out in Santa Rosa, to all the amazing recollections from the film’s star Dee Wallace and beyond.”
He continues: “There are a lot of amazing photos that will be included in the book, a lot from Danny Pintauro who has been an amazing help. His mother took a lot of pictures on set, so I’m very grateful for that. I also love the fact that people like Teresa Ann Miller, the daughter of animal trainer Karl Lewis MIller, has shared some great pictures of her dad with the St. Bernards used to play Cujo, as well as contributing great stories that she recalls as a teenager living with the dogs used. Gary Morgan, the stunt man who played Cujo also shared some fantastic photos and insanely great stories about the production! I mean this guy was there from day one and constantly on set – so there is a lot from him in the book which will impress fans, that’s for sure!”
Dee Wallace getting her makeup applied by Robin Luce (credited as Robin L. Neal).
Animal trainer Karl Lewis Miller with “Daddy”, one of the St. Bernards who played the titular role.