Earlier this month, we saw the first trailer for Nikolaj Arcel’s The Dark Tower, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King; the film’s slated to arrive in US Theaters on August 4th. After scrutinizing it frame-by-frame, pixel-by-pixel, we noticed direct nods to other famous King novels and characters, specifically the Overlook Hotel from The Shining and Pennywise the Dancing Clown from IT. Whether these are just fun Easter Eggs or important ties to elements of a larger Stephen King Universe remains to be seen.
We can now add King’s most infamous canine Cujo to the list of the author’s cameos in The Dark Tower. The news comes from the author himself in a recent interview he gave with ING: “If viewers who are familiar with my work look very closely, they might see Cujo.” This won’t be iconic St. Bernard’s first feature film cameo. He appeared alongside the Plymouth Fury Christine in the intro to Lewis Teague’s Cat’s Eye; Teague also directed Cujo in 1983.
Check out the trailers for both The Dark Tower and Cujo below.
Official Synopsis: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. The Dark Tower stars Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, and Idris Elba and is slated for US Theatrical release on July 28th.
Stephen King originally published the first Dark Tower novel back in 1982; it’s unique in the bestselling author’s pantheon for its inclusion of western elements, along with horror and sci-fi. The Dark Tower series includes 8 books total, meaning this summer’s film could be the beginning of an enduring and profitable franchise.
Official Synopsis: In this tale of a killer canine, man’s best friend turns into his worst enemy. When sweet St. Bernard Cujo is bitten by a bat, he starts behaving oddly and becomes very aggressive. As Cujo morphs into a dangerous beast, he goes on a rampage in a small town. Stay-at-home mom Donna (Dee Wallace) gets caught in Cujo’s crosshairs on a fateful errand with her son, Tad (Danny Pintauro). Stuck in their tiny car, Donna and Tad have a frightening showdown with the crazed animal.