Top 13 Killer Animal Flicks!

Jurassic Park (1993)
Now we're getting into the heavy hitters. Jurassic Park, technically maybe a monster movie, but since dinosaurs did exist at one time (at least that's what those smarty-pants scientists are always telling us) I think they can make the list…even if it's a genetically engineered version of the creatures. Watching JP for the first time was an absolutely mind-blowing experience. The sights and sounds (perhaps only Mercedes McCambridge as Pazuzu's voice in The Exorcist demonstrated a more terrifying use of sound than the unforgettable T. Rex roar). This was a Herculean undertaking by the filmmakers who came out on the other side looking like heroes. Jurassic Park is simply an amazing film that spawned countless sequels, imitators and video games, but nothing could ever match that first look at the creatures as we could feel the exact emotion that Laura Dern brought to life on the screen. Beautiful.

King Kong (1933)
"Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes...it was Beauty killed the Beast." Damn women. Can't live with them, can't kidnap them and climb the Empire State Building while swatting fighter planes before crashing to your death. What's a guy to do? Talk about iconic…they don't get much bigger and bolder than the big ape. King Kong was the ultimate animal on the rampage. But where most of the other entries on this list were driven by either rage or hunger or an innate desire to kill, Kong was different. He was driven by a desire to protect…well, there was a lot of smashing in there too, but Kong had a good heart. A landmark film that would pave the way for tons of giant beast to come. Nearly 80 years later, the name King Kong is still as prevalent and memorable as when he arrived on the scene so many moons ago.

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James Coker's picture

GUYS!! . . . no shoutouts for Food of the Gods?

Submitted by James Coker on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 11:32pm.
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Debi Moore's picture

I just want to add an extra "hell yeah!" for Of Unknown Origin. It may have only gotten an Honorable Mention, but other than The Birds, it creeped me out more than just about anything else here. And I'll second Foy's praise for Bug. Love that flick!

Submitted by Debi Moore on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 8:57pm.
Vanvance1's picture

Lets triple that 'hell yeah', 'Of Unknown Origin' has a very unique feel.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 12:58am.
Cinemascribe's picture

I actually acquired the 1975 film Bug a few years back. I had received a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas and decided to forgo using it to purchase new literature for a change and instead add to the home video collection.

As luck had it, I found the DVD's of Bug and John Badham's 1979 Dracula (the one with Frank Langella, which is still my favorite screen version of the tale to date) on sale at a discount right there on the shelf in the store. Sometimes the movie gods do deem to smile upon Cinemascribe.

Bug is awesome. I think there's a tendency to a degree to dismiss it out of hand as cheesy or a "so good it's bad movie" because the F/X are dated and the premise seems wonky.....but it isn't a bad movie at all. It's a fairly smart movie with a deliberate pace that manages to be increasingly creepy as it progresses. Plus, Bradford Dillman is excellent as the scientist who begins experimenting with the insects.

In an interesting, roundabout sort of "six degrees of asphyxiation" kind of way, Bug also connects to this list in that the man who directed it- Jeannot Szwarc -also directed the direct sequel to the number one film on this list.

A side thought here for the good Doctor: : If you're going with relative shlock like Anaconda based on the "entertainment value", then why not go for it and toss in the 1970's era stinker Night of the Lepus. Giant, killer bunny rabbits, man. It doesn't even matter that the film is awful...that movie deserves a mention for the sheer fact that even attempting that premise took some sack.

Submitted by Cinemascribe on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 12:15am.
James Coker's picture

Thank You Creepy for the shout out to Arachnophobia

also Giving a big Shout out to RazorBack and Pig Hunt

Submitted by James Coker on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 8:49pm.
Steve Barton's picture

Any list that mentions Squirm is okay with me. Such an underrated flick. I'll also second the love for Slugs and give an honorary shout out to Arachnophobia! That flick STILL makes me itchy!

Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 8:47pm.
Hakk Wylde's picture

Some solid picks in there (Kong, Birds, Cujo, Jurassic, Jaws!) and a few of your own colourful personal favorites, it seems. And why not? ;) Great list! And yes, Grizzy Man was terrifying BECAUSE it was real. Treadwell's naivety of the situation only heightened this for me.

Submitted by Hakk Wylde on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 8:16pm.
James Coker's picture

I agree with alot of people here. do not agree with Anaconda and Lake Placid being on this list. should've been replaced with Razorback,PigHunt, Rogue or Grizzly

Submitted by James Coker on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 2:21pm.
Vanvance1's picture

I'll second this. Anaconda and Lake Placid are both completely forgettable.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 3:33pm.
Vanvance1's picture

Anaconda was lame. I'm giving a shout out to 'Slugs' because it was goofy fun and the world needed a horror film about those goo bags.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 2:09pm.
aliensharkboy's picture

I've seen almost all of these and I agree with this list!

Kinda surprised Squirm is on there.... It's probably one of the scariest films I've ever seen, simply coz the only thing in the world that I'm terrified of is worms, but the movie itself didn't have enough gross-out moments to make it an entertaining fun old film.

Jaws deserves the first spot in my book! I don't think there's any other film I like more than Jaws... It gets the number 1 spot on my movie list!

Submitted by aliensharkboy on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 5:06am.
theGoldenSimatar's picture

What no Razorback?

Submitted by theGoldenSimatar on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 3:12am.
nazo's picture

It's a hybrid killer animal/zombie movie, but Black Sheep has to be mentioned, as does Shark Attack 3.

Also, it's only partly a killer animal movie, but I think The Grey should be near the top of this list.

Submitted by nazo on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 2:31am.
Scott Hallam's picture

All great suggestions as well! I actually had Black Sheep recommended to me for inclusion on the list. So many films, so little space! Bazinga!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 4:57am.
Terminal's picture

Penalty for misuse of Bazinga. Get in the box.

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 5:52am.
Scott Hallam's picture

Agreed...that was improper use of Bazinga. To the box I go.

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 1:27pm.
Terminal's picture

I would have taken out the idiotic Lake placid and atrocious Anaconda and included Them! and Eight Legged Freaks.

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 12:44am.

Lake Placid and Anaconda are stupid and atrocious and Eight Legged Freaks isn't?! Can I have what you're smoking? At least those first two deliver on the gory goods one would expect from a killer animal flick.

Submitted by LSD Zombie on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 1:12am.
Terminal's picture

Eight Legged Freaks is intentionally stupid and at least creative while Anaconda and Lake Placid just stupid and moronic. Lake Placid is one of the most flaccid monster movies I've ever seen.

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 2:23am.
Scott Hallam's picture

flaccid...uhhuhuhuh. :)I knew there'd be a lot of love for Grizzly Man. Thought about including some of those old Faces of Death animal attack victims too. Remember the police officer who got rolled by the croc or the snake bite victim. Yowza!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 4:55am.
Terminal's picture

Grizzly Man is a weird inclusion. Why not include Fly Away Home at this rate? Or Babe?

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 5:54am.
Terminal's picture

Grizzly Man? Are you fucking kidding me? That's not a killer animal movie, it's a stupid documentary on a moronic tree hugger who got what was coming to him.

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 12:42am.
Foywonder's picture

"How anyone can watch this film and not smile all the way through it is beyond me."

Allow me to introduce myself. I'm the that thought Anaconda sucked when he saw it opening weekend and still thinks its shitty. Never gotten the love for this one outside of Jon Voight's performance.

If King Kong and Jurassic Park makes the list then there's no excuse omitting Them! Certainly belongs a best killer animal flick more than Anaconda or Lake Placid.

An honorable mention that is mostly forgotten about today is Bug from 1974. AKA the cockroaches that make you burst into flames movie.

Submitted by Foywonder on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 12:14am.
Scott Hallam's picture

Hey guys, all your favorite creepy crawlies can be found on my Top 10 Movies That Bug You Out (bug you out!...get it? Ha!). http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/47386/get-ready-get-itchy-10-movies-bug... All your favorites are there including Them! and Eight Legged Freaks. Kingdom of the Spiders earned its way onto this list as well because it was just so...so hairy! Seemed animalistic enough to make the jump to the animal list as well!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 2:11am.

Cool list. I especially like that Squirm was included. I dont ever hear too much about that film, but it was always one of My favorites. I think the croc from Eaten Alive shouldve been included even though it looks fake as hell. And even though He didnt kill anyone (except a rat) Church from Pet Sematary. Thats one creepy ass cat.

Submitted by JB Demented on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 11:25pm.
Scott Hallam's picture

I definitely kicked the idea of adding Chuch to the list. He was, as you so accurately put it, one creepy ass cat!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 11:45pm.
James Coker's picture

um Doctor Gash? wheres "Rogue"? seriously that one was probably the best killer croc movie I have seen and one of the best australian horror films i have seen too

also thank you for puting Kingdom of the Spiders on the List :)

. . . what about the movie Arachnophobia

Submitted by James Coker on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 11:01pm.
Scott Hallam's picture

Oh, I love Rogue myself! It's up there in the honorable mentions. And Arachnophobia was on the Top 10 Creepy Crawly list!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 11:46pm.

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