For all of us who love the things that go bump in the night, scary movies are probably one of the primary sources of entertainment. Nothing beats that feeling of sitting in the dark room watching a scary flick and getting your fright on with friends and loved ones, wondering if the protagonist of the movie will survive the horrific things that happen to them or would the monsters have the final word. Yes, creepy, scary movies are super cool and even better, you can honor that love by naming your dog after one of the iconic characters from one of these flicks.
Scary Movie Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
One of the most famous dogs in the history of scary movies is Cujo, the once adorable Saint Bernard who unfortunately caught rabies and turned into a very creepy creature. The film was inspired by the novel written by the king of horror, Stephen King, and it tells the tale of a rabid dog in the fictional town of Castle Rock in Maine, which is also the setting of many King’s works.
The story begins with the Trenton family who moves to Castle Rock from New York City, and the Cambers family who have been long-term residents of the small town. The Cambers are proud owners of the kind-hearted Saint Bernard called Cujo, who one day chases a wild rabbit around the property and sticks his head in the limestone cave. Unfortunately, when that happens, a rabid bat bites Cujo on the nose, causing him to catch the terrible disease. One day, after Charity and Brett, mother and son of the Cambers family leave the town, Cujo kills their neighbor, the alcoholic Gary Pervier. Sometime after that, Joe, the head of Cambers family is murdered as well when he goes over Gary’s house.
Donna Trenton is home alone with her son Tad and decides to take their broken down car to Joe Cambers for repair. Once she came to the Cambers property, Cujo attacked her. However, she managed to close the car door with her son in it and attempt to wait out the rabid dog’s attacks. Since the car was out in the sun and it had completely broken down at this point, she could not just drive away, and the heat inside the vehicle started to grow. In an attempt to escape and get help, Donna is bitten by Cujo but somehow manages to get back to the car and protect her son.
Sometime later, after futile attempts to contact his wife Donna, Vic Trenton comes back to the small town of Castle Rock. There were some suspicions that Donna was kidnapped, so Sheriff Bannerman goes out to the Cambers’ property to investigate, however, Cujo finds him, and after a battle, finally loses. Soon after Vic arrives and realizes that his son had died of dehydration and heat stroke from spending too much time in a hot car. Donna is taken to the hospital, and Vic stayed by her side the whole time.
Finally, in the end, we can see that a few months later Donna and Vic’s marriage did survive this horrible event, and Charity Cambers got a new vaccinated dog named Willie. And even though Cujo did some horrendous things, everyone, especially the Cambers realize that he was indeed a good dog, one who always protected his family, however, the terrible illness drove him to do the things he would never usually do.
Scary Movie Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Finding the perfect name inspired by the vast genre of scary movies is not an easy task. There are so many characters that forever changed the way we look at curtains that flow in the wind, the strange taps behind the closed doors, and the man standing on the corner of the street. However, this also means that the options are pretty much endless! Each decade had its own most notable horror film that can serve as inspiration if you are looking to name your dog something scary.
First off, you can take inspiration from the king of horror, Stephen King, whose books were turned into many scary movies over the years. One of such films is the Cujo mentioned above, about a rabid Saint Bernard. One of the great name choices is Tad, after Tad Trenton from the same movie. Another one is Louis, after Louis Creed from the iconic movie Pet Sematary. Or, if you want to stay in the lane of vintage films, you can choose the name Halleck, after Billy Halleck from the film Thinner, also made after a book by Stephen King. Finally, why not pick the name of the famous author? The name Stephen is always an excellent choice!