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Best Horror Movies!!! When Animals Attack Series!!!

Updated on March 2, 2011

Which Animal Horror Movie do you think deserves to be the all time Best!

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I almost named this Hub the "Don't Go Into The Water Series" haha , but then i thought of a few animal movies than were land based. I love any movie where nature comes back to literally bite us in the ass! So hope you enjoy the hub and let me know what you think!

JAWS is about a giant great white shark that arrives on the shores of a small town called Amity Island and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old fisherman to hunt the monster down.

Now  Is this the scariest movie ever made? No. Is this intended to be the scariest movie ever made? No. Steven Spielberg, David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck tried to make a scary film, that's all. They weren't trying to make a classic, but guess what, they did. This is truthfully ONE of the most scary psychological horror films ever made. It's still hard to believe that one movie in the summer of 1975 made people stay out of the ocean for that one summer. That's when you know that for one, your movie is one of the biggest hits of all time (and in 1975 it was) and two, that the movie has a lasting affect on people, and that's when you really know that you have succeeded. This movie was wonderfully acted, directed, and the fake shark they used in this movie looks real. However, the biggest thing that makes this movie what it is, is John Williams's musical that still lives on to this day. His Jaws theme may not be too complicated, but it truly is frightning. Overall, this is a classic movie, that will go on and continue to scare people for years to come.

PIRANHAis about an insurance investigator out to trace a missing teenage couple who have disappeared in the woods. With the help of a drunken recluse, they come across a supposedly deserted army base inhabited by Dr. Robert Hoak who has been breeding the deadly fish in secret. In their hunt for the missing couple they drain the army pool, unleashing millions of mutant piranhas into the lake of a nearby children's summer camp and a newly opened tourist resort.

Smart exploitation with a ludicrous and clever script co-written by John Sayles, this drive-in answer to JAWS is full of film references and plenty of B-movie thrills (gore and nudity). PIRANHA is the kind of movie they don't make anymore--and better yet--it holds up well.

In Orcalike a reverse MOBY DICK, ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE stars Richard Harris as a fisherman who kills a male orca's pregnant mate, bringing the whale's vengeance upon a small coastal village and setting the stage for a final nautical showdown between man and beast. This suspenseful thriller co-stars Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, and Bo Derek in her feature film debut.

It's basically Jaws, but with a huge whale, and it was pretty good somehow. I think the visuals were the best thing about the movie, but whenever i hear someone in the movie say "a killer whale out for revenge" i just f***ing laugh! I mean, yes, it looked believable, but it sounded ridiculous. Anyway, the acting was pretty bad, the story line was descent, and the last 15 minutes are awesome.

In Anaconda a filmmaker (Jennifer Lopez) and an anthropologist travel to the Amazon to shoot a documentary about a mysterious local tribe, but discover far more than they planned. They soon pick up what they think is a stranded fisherman that turns out to be a snake hunter who leads them right into the horrible hunting grounds of the anaconda.

The story is like something out of a 1950s horror flick, that's certain. Unlike those movies, the plot here actually makes some sense and is paced at a fast enough speed so that the viewer can ignore just how ludicrous it really is. There's quite a bit of suspense mixed in with a somewhat predictable ending which makes the movie watchable.The visuals are really the best part of this movie. The anaconda looks real and is probably the best actor in the whole movie so if you have some time to kill and love animals terrorizing the human race I suggest you gve it a chance.

In Lake Placid Its placid waters compliment the pristine Maine wilderness it borders. This tranquil setting is probably the last place you'd expect a gruesome fatality. But then it's also the last place you'd expect to find a 30-foot, narrow-snouted, multi-toothed, reptile of the species Crocodylus--an eating machine more commonly known as a crocodile. It is at this lake where an emotionally fragile, nature-phobic, New York paleontologist who's been reluctantly dispatched for her first real field assignment, teams up with an eccentric billionaire to find this menace.

If you want to see a movie where crocodiles eat cows, Betty White tells someone to do something to her anatomy and basically have Oliver Platt and Bridget Fonda to have some of the stupidest funny dialogue to come along in a decade, see this. Its also got some nice special effects, much better than anything the sci-fi channel would put out for a croc movie, and its overall got a lot of pretty entertaining moments.

Jurassic Park begins on a remote island, when a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park -- and help calm anxious investors. However, their park visit is anything but tranquil as the park's security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out, and the excitement builds to surprising results.

Why does it seem like the special effects from the late 70's to mid 90's seem to be better than the effects that are used today? I have no idea, but if I were to take a guess, it is because such hard work went into them, that what we see on screen is the blood, sweat and tears of the people who made them possible.

1993's Jurassic Park, to me seems to be one of the last (Ironic that it was one of the first) movies in which the CGI looks teriffic. You actually believe that the dinosaurs are real, alive and actually attacking the humans. Stan Winston and his crew did such a good job, that it is almost unbelieveable that they pulled it off. But effects aside, this is such a great movie, because of the plot, acting, direction and music. All of these elements combine make a great movie, and they don't fail hear. John Williams score along with many of his other scores still last to this day. Steven Spielberg once again shows that he can make a movie into a classic and the story by Michael Chricton is great and believable.

Deep Blue Sea is about how a Doctor In her efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Susan McAlester implants human brain tissue into sharks. The experiment backfires, producing a horrifying species of killer sharks with the capacity to think like humans. Now stuck in the middle of the ocean on an aquatic base its becomes a battle to the death between human and shark.

"Deep Blue Sea" is an entertaining movie with great special effects (I actually had to prove to my friend the sharks they used weren't real because she was that convinced ) and much better acting and characters than you'd expect from a film that's about sharks eating people. The director makes us sympathize with all the characters, and doesn't fall back on the device of 'good people escape, bad/annoying ones get eaten'. The sharks themselves are characters in a way, and I found the true extent of their intelligence quite frightening. "Deep Blue Sea" combines 'science run amok' elements from "Jurassic Park" with creatures worthy of "Jaws" to make a very effective survival movie.

CUJO is about Donna Trenton who is a frustrated suburban housewife whose life is a turmoil after her husband learns about her having an affair. Brett Camber is a young boy whose only companion is a Saint-Bernard named "Cujo", who in turn is bitten by a rabid bat. Whilst Vic, Donna's husband is away on business, and thinking over his marital troubles, Donna and her 5-year-old son Tad take her Pinto to Brett Cambers' dad's car shop... the car fails, and "Cujo" is very, very sick...

The book was better but this is still a great movie. entertaining, and scary in the sense that it is so realistic (dogs getting rabies is perfectly possible and therefore, nothing about the movie was unrealistic, or fantasy like). i loved the way the dog looked. I recommend this for a rental if you havn't already scene or even better yet read the book!

 Please leave a comment if you have any movies to add :) Thankyou


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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I think Jaws is the standard by which all others are judged. No matter how many times you see it, it is STIL capable of making you afraid of water!

      I also vote for Pet Semetary (it's spelled with an "S").

      And The Birds is a Hitchcock classic that (I think) should be added to your list!

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      8 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Have you seen the 1996 movie "The Ghost and the Darkness" ?

      It's technically not a horror movie, more of a suspense action, but it's about killer lions. I saw it when i was a kid and i liked it. And it was based on a true story which makes it even scarier.

      Another movie that comes to mind is Komodo about killer komodo dragons made in 1999. It was kinda cheesy but i enjoyed it. Same special effects team from Jurassic Park i believe.

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      8 years ago

      Ghost and the Darkness anyone... creepy ass movie about two lions that got the taste for human blood and started working together to take people down.

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      9 years ago

      How about The Edge....giant man eating grizzly

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      9 years ago

      Jaws, a title that's on my list of one of my favorites of all time, I have to say piranaha and orca i really didn't care for, lake flacid was alright, but that rogue movie talked about in the earlier comment was intriguing, deep blue sea was pretty good. Cujo was the shit, i mean the rabies had that dog wildin the fuck out, the dog was like, I'm not letting you or that inhaler dramatized little bastard getaway, hahahaha.......

      Oh wait a minute can't forget Jurassic Park, that movie i did enjoy, the dude got ate off the toilet, i mean somebody should have told that guy there is no safe place hiding from a gigantic T-Rex with the munchies, hahahahaha........

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      9 years ago

      OMG! Orca was so cheesy but what can expect from a 70's Jaws rip off, Great hub again!

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      9 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Excellent choices for this hub! I loved Jaws. Did you know that Jaws was the first book Peter Benchley ever wrote and the last time I checked, he made over $10,000,000 on that book! The book was great, the movie was great. I'm a scuba diver and I had trouble going back into the water!

    • Glimmer515 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Never Never Land

      OMG I am soooo putting Frogs on my list, I totally forgot about it!! Thanks :)

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      9 years ago from United States

      There's another crocodile movie called "Rogue" -it's an Australian alternative to "Lake Placid", only it's less sucky, IMHO ;)

      And don't forget such 70s classics as "Food of the Gods", "Empire of the Ants", "Night of the Lepus" and "Frogs!" - all had former movie stars in last ditch efforts to make some money before the end came :(

      And "Piranha" might be favorite cheesy 70s horror film - and with Joe Dante directing & John Sayles writing ?!?! Plus they're apparently doing a 3D remake, coming soon to a theater near you...


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