The movie industry has created some incredible killer animal movies. Some are well-known, others are less popular. All are a good reminder that anything is possible when the doctrines of nature are rearranged. My list of eleven really great killer animal movies was finally reduced to five. I think that Ben, from Willard, is wondering why he was cut, but if he reads this list, maybe he will understand. I hope.
Director: Louis Llosa
Writers: Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
Got snakes? A documentary crew, courtesy of National Geographic, is traveling through the jungle to film a tribe. Remember when dad told you never to pick up hitchhikers? They did not get the lesson. Rescuing a stranded person is the biggest mistake they could make, but gives action to the movie. The man is after a humungous anaconda, and when a poisonous insect eliminates the Captain with a venomous bite, it helps him gain control of the boat. Of course, everyone is now forced to let him have his way about the mission and the destination. The snake puts the film in the top 5 killer animal movies.
Director: Frank Marshall
Writers: Don Jakoby and Al Williams
Lots of people are afraid of spiders! Luckily, I’m okay with most of them. My kids told me this was a comedy. They forgot to mention comedy horror. The Venezuelan spider comes to America in a casket. He falls in love with a sweet little domestic house spider. Together, they have lots of a new breed of vicious, poison spiders, which begin killing the citizens of the community. (Well, I am glad the kids did not try to sell it to me as a love story.) At any rate, a doctor moved to this small community to get away from the dangers in the big city. Guess what, you cannot escape them.
3. Piranha 3D (2010)
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writers: Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg
Bring any show back, make it 3D, and you most likely have a hit. Toss in an undersea tremor or two, and it gets better. Add a school of vicious fish with sharp teeth, and you can have an audience that might not think it is totally believable, but will still jump and cringe in the scary parts. Don’t forget the people who have to group together to outsmart the fish. There are some incredible life lessons learned, like how to get along with one another. Chances are good this one makes it to the title of “classic.” It is recently released, so should be available to watch somewhere near your home anytime soon.
4. The Nest (1988)
Director: Terence H. Winkless
Writers: Eli Cantor and Robert King
I am going to be really upfront and say any movie with meat-eating mutant cockroaches has got to be in the top 5 Killer Animal movies. Ugh. Icky! No way did I watch this one, because roaches gross me out, unless they are in a place they should be, like warm, temperate climates near the water. However, there were actually people who liked it. I think a lot of get a kick out of know-it-all, self-righteous people who experiment with nature because they can, and then have no plan what to do to resolve the problem when their test backfires. The roaches escape and invade an island community: oh, my gosh! What do you think the people around New York were thinking about those bedbugs, if they saw this movie on the late-night SyFy channel?
5. The Fly (1986)
Director: David Cronenbert
Writers: David Cronenberg, George Langlaan, and Charles Edward Pogue
A giant man-fly hybrid is the result of a bad experiment (If this scientist had gone to the movies in 1958 to see The Fly, he may have paid more attention to what he was doing.) Trying to impress a hot reporter, the scientist does a teleportation from one pod to another. Unfortunately, he has company, a common housefly. Cells get scrambled and his body tries to adapt to the new structure, sending him further into full morphed fly-human status. The big question is, can he stave off the fly thinking long enough to reverse the process? The second big question is, will the reporter be totally grossed out and not want to have anything to do with him, given his past? I chose this movie for the top 5 Killer Animal ranking because it is just enough of a change from its predecessor to keep the audience guessing.
Most of these movies are shown at regular intervals on SyFy and similar channels, or bought at Amazon.com. Enjoy the movies.
I am exceptionally grateful that websites like IMDb and Movies.msn exist. I generally pay little attention to the director’s and writer(s) name. They were able to supply that information.
Arachnophobia, IMDb, Movies.msn
Piranha 3D, IMDb