There’s nothing that scares me more than killer animal films. They make me squirm and scream. But there is something about the feeling of being scared that also gives me an adrenaline rush. The following films have left me terrified and have even kept me up at night from their creepy animal villains. Here are my picks for the Top 5 Killer Animal Movies.
There are a few different versions of this classic animal killer movie. My favorite happens to be the version that stars Jessica Lange. This film was made in 1976 and was directed by John Guillerman. The plot of the story goes like this: A large petroleum company discovers there may be some undiscovered oil territory so they embark on a trip to a far away island only to discover the natives live in the confines of a gigantic wall that protects them from a mysterious creature known as King Kong. The head of the petroleum company is disappointed due to the lack of new found oil so he devises a plan to bring back Kong as a promotional gimmick for his company. They not only portray Kong as a killer but also as a gentle giant when he encounters Dwan played by Jessica Lange.
This is a classic Alfred Hitchcock film made in 1963. Still to this day I can’t see a bird without thinking of this killer animal movie. This is a story of a young wealthy socialite(Melanie) who encounters a strange happening in a pet shop with a gentlemen stranger (Mitch). Melanie is at the shop to pick up 2 lovebirds for her aunt and Mitch is looking to do the same for his sister. Intrigued by Mitch, Melanie decides to deliver the lovebirds to his sister only to discover strange bird attacks that keep getting worse.This movie will give you a new found fear of birds.
3-American Werewolf in London
This film was written and directed by John Landis and was released in 1981.Two American backpackers are traveling around Europe. Along their travels they meet some locals who warn them of a mysterious beast that lurks in the night. Shortly after the two Americans are attacked and one them is even killed by this beast. The wounded man soon comes to find out they he has become the beast that has bitten him. This film gave me nightmares for weeks.
Besides birds, I also have a huge fear of rats. Watching this film for me was like being put through the worst torture imaginable. This 2003 flick is the story of Willard who takes care of his verbally abusive mother. Willard is an outcast who is made fun of by his co-workers and peers. His only friends are the rats he has been raising in his home. When one of Willard’s rat friends gets killed at his place of work an army of rats unfolds.
This film is directed by Steven Spielberg and was released in 1993. This film is about scientists developing means to bring dinosaurs back to life and recreate their habitats. One of the dinosaur park developers invites 4 humans, 2 are his grandchildren nothing seems to go as planned. Security systems break down and the gigantic creatures break out of their habitats. The family must stick together to survive.