Sunday, May 14, 2017

Get a Revealing Look at CUJO in Lee Gambin’s Comprehensive Tome NOPE, NOTHING WRONG HERE: THE MAKING OF CUJO

Acclaimed film historian and author Lee Gambin will have you cowering in your Ford Pinto curled up with his monumental tome Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of CUJO, an exhaustive guide to Lewis Teague's 1983 big screen adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling novel CUJO. The book is a meticulously-researched, lovingly-assembled collection featuring thirty exclusive candid interviews and over two hundred never-before-seen production stills.

The author 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’s academic approach and reverence for the topic makes it essential reading for discerning fans, academics, and cinema history enthusiasts who will revel in his astute scene-by-scene analysis and in-depth behind-the-scenes coverage.

Stuntman Gary Morgan

Gambin, whose career involves insightful writing on nature-gone-amok genre films and is particularly drawn to canines in cinema, describes Cujo as, “a biting critique on the breakdown of the American family, an electric take on the ‘woman in the storm’ story trope, a personal and introspective ecologically themed horror film (a sub-genre usually socially and politically motivated) and a perfectly realized example of the power of circumstance. It also thoroughly scrutinizes fear - both real and imagined - in a sharp and magnetic manner.” 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.

Animal Trainer Karl Lewis Miller and "Daddy"

Additional voices from the set are represented such as Danny Pintauro’s parents along with highly deserving and loving insight about the late great animal trainer Karl Lewis Miller from his daughter Teresa Ann Miller; these unique entries that show the breadth of Gambin’s scope in covering the film.

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.
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About the Author:
Lee Gambin is a writer and film historian in Melbourne. He has written for publications such as Fangoria, Shock Till You Drop, Delirium and Scream Magazine, among others. He is the author of Massacred By Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film and We Can Be Who We Are: Movie Musicals of the 1970s. He is the director of Melbourne-based film collective Cinemaniacs. In addition to Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo, he has another book all about Joe Dante's werewolf masterwork The Howling as part of Centipede Press's Studies in the Horror Film academic series and is working on a critical work called Tonight, On A Very Special Episode: A History of Sitcoms that Sometimes Got Serious.

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