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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!

Anaconda (1997)
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!


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28 Comments
  • James Coker
    June 2, 2012

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

  • The Woman In Black
    June 2, 2012

    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!

    • Cinemascribe
      June 2, 2012

      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.

    • Vanvance1
      June 2, 2012

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

  • James Coker
    June 2, 2012

    Thank You Creepy for the shout out to Arachnophobia

    also Giving a big Shout out to RazorBack and Pig Hunt

  • Uncle Creepy
    June 2, 2012

    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!

  • Hakk Wylde
    June 2, 2012

    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.

  • James Coker
    June 1, 2012

    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

    • Vanvance1
      June 1, 2012

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

  • Vanvance1
    June 1, 2012

    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.

  • aliensharkboy
    June 1, 2012

    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!

  • theGoldenSimatar
    June 1, 2012

    What no Razorback?

  • June 1, 2012

    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.

      • Terminal
        June 1, 2012

        Penalty for misuse of Bazinga. Get in the box.

  • Terminal
    June 1, 2012

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

    • LSD Zombie
      June 1, 2012

      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.

      • Terminal
        June 1, 2012

        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.

          • Terminal
            June 1, 2012

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

  • Terminal
    June 1, 2012

    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.

  • Foywonder
    June 1, 2012

    “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.

  • JB Demented
    June 1, 2012

    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.

  • James Coker
    June 1, 2012

    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

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