Top 13 Killer Animal Flicks!
Some of Stephen King’s best, and most horrific moments, come when he’s dealing with claustrophobic situations. He loves to let the voyeuristic reader peek in on a helpless victim trapped in a nearly hopeless situation…Misery, The Shining, Gerald’s Game all deal with situations where the character can’t leave…trapped. Perhaps no one was more completely trapped and utterly helpless than the great Dee Wallace in Cujo. Pinned into a tiny car with her son by a rabid St. Bernard was a shitty situation. Realizing no one is coming for you while the sun pounds down on the car is even worse. Cujo was the ultimate nightmare for anyone uncomfortable around dogs. And, like King Kong, the name itself, Cujo, is still part of the lexicon. You can still refer to a big, scary dog as Cujo and people, horror fan or not, will know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s almost exhausting to watch the film as you can feel the tension and the heat in that car. Brilliant movie making.
Could there be any other film at the end of this list? Jaws changed the game. Forget about oceans or lakes or rivers, I was personally afraid to go in the swimming pool as a youngster after seeing this thing. And I think there are plenty of you out there who can say the same thing (I hope so at least). It’s the epitome of a slow-burn, giving you just enough each time as the film winds on. Even the soundtrack is legendary. And the great white shark is such a perfect vehicle to drive a horror film…black soulless eyes, a mouth full of teeth that look like they were just randomly jammed in there by a manic toymaker. The great white shark…the perfect killer, and Jaws the perfect animal attack film.
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