The Loop (TV)
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This book/film contains examples of:
- Angry Guard Dog: Subverted with Cujo- he attacks people because of rabies, not because he was bred that way.
- Asshole Victim: Joe.
- Beware of Vicious Dog: Although, to be fair, nobody knew he'd become vicious.
- Big Friendly Dog: Cujo was one, before he got rabies.
- Also a genuine problem in the making of the film because they simply could not get the St. Bernard playing him to act aggressively - they had to replace him with a cunningly disguised Rottweiler for several crucial scenes, and tape his tail to his leg so he didn't wag it constantly. Aaww.
- Catch Phrase: An in-story example. Vic Trenton, who works in advertising, along with his partner, Roger, creates a character called "The Sharp Cereal Professor", who becames hugely popular. His catchphrase is "Nope, nothing wrong here".
- Domestic Abuser: Joe Camber.
- Eye Scream: Donna kills Cujo by thrusting the broken handle of a baseball bat through his eye socket.
- The Film of the Book
- Heat Wave: The story takes place during one, which leads to Tad's death.
- Infant Immortality: Averted in the book. Played straight in the movie.
- Midlife Crisis Car: Steve Kemp refers to this phenomenon as "sports car menopause".
- My Car Hates Me: Donna and Tad are trapped on the Camber's farm, because her car (a Ford Pinto) wouldn't start (actually she went there to get it fixed).
- Police Are Useless: Sheriff Bannerman lasts about 30 seconds with Cujo, and he is by far the most effective cop in the book.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Bannerman.
- Spared by the Adaptation - Tad, in the movie.
- Stealth Sequel: To The Dead Zone, with its references to the legacy of Frank Dodd, a brief mention of Jonny Smith, and Sheriff Bannerman reappearin.
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: The monster in Tad's closet, which is heavily implied to be the ghost of Frank Dodd.
- The Sheriff: Bannerman, who has stayed the Sheriff since The Dead Zone.
- Tragic Villain: Cujo. He's shown to suffer terribly from rabies, and he attacks people because he believes that they are responsible for his pain. At the end of the book, it's written: "It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. [...] He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny, or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor."
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Acording to King's auto-biography, this entire book. There are worse things to do on a bender...
- Your Cheating Heart: Donna has had an affair with Steve Kemp and broke it off. This comes back to haunt her when a rejected Kemp vandalizes the house and wipes off a very important message on the blackboard that delayed her and Tad being found - contributing to Tad's death in the book.
- Xenofiction: Parts of the book are told from the perspective of Cujo. They show him to be a Tragic Villain.
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