10 Killer Animal Films That Will Make You Side-Eye Your Pets

10 Killer Animal Films That Will Make You Side-Eye Your Pets ...

Despite the fact that horror has often resisted the desire for fictional creatures to recreate people's nightmares, there is a sub-genre that villainizes the world around us. "Natural horror films" involve humans being placed at the bottom of the food chain, forced to defend them from crazed animals.

From The Birds to Snakes on a Plane, killer animal films have existed since the films were first made, although the genre became popular thanks to Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen Spielberg's films The Birds and Jaws. The upcoming Beast is another animal to be included in the list.

'Cujo' (1983)

Cujo, Beethoven's bloody sequel, follows a rabies-infected St. Bernard who torments a mother (Dee Wallace) and her young son in the midst of a hot summer day as the misunderstood good boy lurks outside, mauling anyone who seeks a rescue.

The film, which is based on Stephen King's novel, is still one of his favorite adaptations of his work. The idea of a man's best friend becoming the villain is convincing enough to keep this taut thriller going. Just be prepared to "aww" a lot while Cujo murders his victims.

'The Birds' (1963)

The Birds, following Psycho, is Alfred Hitchcock's "master of suspense." A wealthy socialite follows a love interest to California, they are caught in a whirlwind of violence as birds begin to attack people.

The Birds builds tension by playing a villain that is difficult to avoid, especially when the swarm begins to shatter through windows. It all comes together to create one of Hitchcock's finest films, and a scenario more terrifying than being harassed by the seagulls at the beach during lunchtime.

The Birds is available for viewing on Showtime.

'Crawl' (2019)

Crawl, a part of a sub-genre that combines killer animals with natural disasters, includes alligators in a hurricane (take that Sharknado). Professional swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) goes out to check up on him as the weather worsens. Soon the duo discovers many alligators lurk in the rising floodwaters.

Crawl, directed by modern horror kingpin Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), reduces his usual gore to instead increase the tension as Haley escapes deadly predators within the flooded house. The result is a thrilling thrill ride that never lets up, making Crawl one of the best horror films in recent years.

'Deep Blue Sea' (1999)

Deep Blue Sea, the greatest shark film since Jaws, is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller. Set in an underwater facility where sharks are being genetically engineered to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the situation becomes even worse when the highly intelligent creatures escape and target the trapped employees. The group of scientists, investors, and support personnel are forced to work together to achieve the objective.

Deep Blue Sea, which is a budget-conscious B-movie, never takes itself too seriously while delivering plenty of action and memorable death scenes. Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) brings a solid direction to the film, while a stellar cast featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, and Stellan Skarsgard elevates it to cult classic status.

Deep Blue Sea is now available on HBO Max and Tubi for streaming.

'Black Sheep' (2006)

Black Sheep is New Zealand's largest exporter, according to Peter Jackson and Taika Waititi. When meek Henry returns to his childhood house to sell his shares to his brother Angus, he discovers that his brother is conducting illegal sheep breeding. The man-eating animals are predicted to break loose.

Black Sheeppiles on the gore as the zombie sheep devour anyone they encounter in the New Zealand countryside, bringing a helping of humor to the mix to create a memorable horror comedy that isn't a baaaaaaad.

Tubi has made Black Sheep available for streaming.

'Eight Legged Freaks' (2002)

Eight Legged Freaks is a guaranteed good time, a throwback to the 1950s campy monster movies that followed the residents of a fictional mining town as they confront the danger of giant spiders that have been exposed to harmful waste. The arachnids come in a variety of forms, from jumping spiders to terrifying trap-door spiders.

The film, which features Scream star David Arquette and a teenage Scarlett Johansson, is a bloodless affair that works well as a gateway film for parents to introduce their children to the horror genre.

On Tubi, Eight Legged Freaks is available for streaming.

'Razorback' (1984)

Razorback follows a giant boar as it carves a path of destruction through Australia's outback, further proving that everything in Australia wants to kill you. American Carl Winters travels to the sunburnt country to investigate her disappearance, ultimately encountering the massive beast.

Razorback, a cult classic, has remained one of Australia's most popular horror films. The animatronic killer pig is terrifying as it towers over its human prey, and the combination of this monster and the well-known dangers of the Australian outback creates a harsh atmospheric thriller.

'Mimic' (1997)

Mimic is nightmare fuel for anyone who refuses to see the creepy crawlies while under New York's subway tunnels.

Mimic, Guillermo del Toro's cinema debut, is an early example of the master filmmaker's talent for imagining unforgettable creatures. The killer roaches are as awful as expected, and their disturbing appearance heightens the tension as our heroes fight to survive without the use of bug spray.

On HBO Max, Mimic is now available to stream.

'Willard' (1971)

Willard, a character study of a lonely young man and his pet rats, explores how far our animal companions will go to protect their masters. His mother and his boss mistreat him, instead finding refuge in the swarm of rats that have established a home in his backyard. When circumstances push him to his breaking point, Willard uses his new friends to hurt those who have hurt him.

Crispin Glover plays the lead in the 2003 remake of The X-Files and Final Destination, which was directed by Glen Morgan, who also directed the film.

Willard is available for download on Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, and Tubi.

'Jaws' (1975)

Jaws, a fantastic creature, is an undisputed masterpiece. A sheriff is forced into action to save the residents of Amity, a small island town. Joining forces with a marine biologist and a shark hunter, the three men go out to see to slay the dangerous creature.

Jaws, the original summer blockbuster, was a smash hit and set precedents that today's films and their marketing campaigns follow. It is one of Stephen Spielberg's greatest films and has been immortalized in popular culture because of its instantly recognized theme music and the line "you'll need a bigger boat."

Jaws is now available to stream on AMC+ and Tubi.