Top 13 Killer Animal Flicks!
The Birds (1963)
Can’t forget this classic. Alfred Hitchcock made people feeding flocks of birds in parks and on the beach think twice before they busted out that bag of bread crumbs. Tippi Hedren stars as one of the original masters of horror weaves a shocking tale. The great thing about this film is that it takes something previously looked at as beautiful and serene, a flock of soaring birds, and puts that uncomfortable thought into the mind of those who had seen the film. Instead of strolling through the park thinking ‘Look at that beautiful flock of birds…how lovely.’ those who’ve experienced the movie think. ‘Look at that beautiful flock of birds…let’s get the fuck out of here, just in case.’ Now that’s brilliant horror!
How anyone can watch this film and not smile all the way through it is beyond me. From Danny Trejo’s (pre-Machete) obligatory early film death scene to Jon Voight’s totally random and unidentifiable accent to the fact that the cast is made up of players that became superstars, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson and even Eric Stoltz, Anaconda is just pure joy in my book. Yeah, it’s basically just a boatload of people trying to avoid a giant man-eating snake, but it does take the time to delve into the man vs. man conflict that so often arises when man finds himself in conflict with anything else. Anaconda is just a jolly good time!