Cujo

QUESTION:  Stephen King has had many, many of his books and short stories adapted into movies.  Which is not one of them?
A)  The Shawshank Redemption
B)  Apt Pupil
C)  Bridge of Spies
D)  Stand By Me
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Stephen King is most undoubtedly one of the most prolific popular writers of our time.  Not only popular, he is also quite diverse in his subject matter.  Having published books dealing with subjects as diverse as capital punishment to science fiction to close to anything else you can think of, he is undoubtedly considered first and foremost to be a master of horror. One lover of horror is Bob Omrod, the man behind the Giant World of Miniatures displayed in our Music Room. Mr. Omrod is also notably eclectic in the collection of dioramas and scenes he created over four decades, from fantasy to history to science fiction to - you guessed it - horror. He is a big horror fan, and one of his dioramas is dedicated to forty of the most famous horror characters out there.  Today, we are going to address one of Stephen King's most memorable characters.  Or perhaps unforgettable is more accurate.  Cujo!

1973 was a memorable year in the United States.  Nixon had just won re-election.  The Paris Peace Accords officially ended the Vietnam War - no one would say America won the conflict. Native Americans occupied Wounded Knee while the Dollar was devalued by a full ten percent. And the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) was established as a group of left-wing revolutionaries (their description) to get all races and both genders to stand side-by-side peacefully, and make it happen with violence if necessary.  (Yes, this story is going somewhere.) One member of the SLA was Willie Wolfe, who went by the nickname "Cujo." Fast forward eight years, and an award-winning author named Stephen King published a book about a gentle pet St. Bernard that was bitten by a rabid bat. The dog went mad and began attacking and killing people in the previously quiet Maine town of Castle Rock.  The book, King's tenth full-length novel, was a hit, and it inspired a 1983 film that proved a modest hit. The movie stayed largely faithful to the book; however, some critics argued that it lacked suspense.  King himself would say years later that, due to his heavy use of alcohol at the time of writing Cujo, he barely recalled the process.  Whether you enjoyed the book, or liked the movie, one message that was made clear in both films was that you should never depend on a Ford Pinto when you're being attacked by a mad dog after it was bitten by a rabid bat.

ANSWER:  C)  Bridge of Spies