20 horror movies featuring animals

Not only wild animals living in the jungle, but also domestic sheep from the family farm can be dangerous and bloodthirsty. And insects under the influence of chemicals turn into terrible monsters, which are better not to meet on your way. The water element can also bring surprises in the form of vicious mutant sharks and huge alligators, from which there is no escape.

Predatory waters (dilogue, 2007 and 2020)

The novelty of the movie is the second part of a series of horror films about animals and the unpredictability of the water world. You can go fishing and enjoy the beauty of the picturesque river, as did the characters of the first film, Grace, Adam and Lee. Or as a company of exotic travelers to explore flooded caves. But treacherous waters can ruin all plans and turn cool entertainment into a fierce battle with a very hungry combed crocodile.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Black Water

Actors:
Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age Limits :
16+


Pet Cemetery (2019)

The plot of the horror film is based on the novel of the same name by American writer Stephen King . The Creed family, who moved from Boston to the quiet town of Ludlow, settles near a pet cemetery. Subsequently, terrible trials await them. They bury the tragically dead pet cat Church in an ancient Indian cemetery. The animal resurrects and turns into an aggressive beast. This is just the beginning of the horror for the family.

Original title:
Pet Sematary

Actors:
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Blue Abyss (dilogue, 2016 and 2019)

Dilogy continues a series of horror films about marine animals. Insurmountable horror seizes desperate divers when they find themselves in an underwater cave and encounter bloodthirsty sharks who are not going to let them live. And for two sisters who decided to shoot the underwater world, the cage in which they descended becomes a death trap. Ferocious sharks hunt them, and the girls understand that even an iron cage will not save them from sea predators.

Original title:
47 Meters Down

Actors:
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson …

Country:
UK, USA, Dominican Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Trap (2019)

The heroine of the film, Hayley Keller, goes in search of her father during a hurricane. Finds him in the flooded basement of the family home on Coral Lake – wounded and exhausted. Together they try to escape from the water trap, but a huge alligator blocks their way. The chances of survival are less and less, and there is nowhere to wait for help. Therefore, father and daughter are looking for any way of salvation.

Original title:
Crawl

Actors:
Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark…

Country:
USA, Serbia, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Boar (2017)

An Australian horror film about cannibals is a story about a mutant boar who loves human flesh. He brings real horror to the inhabitants of a small Australian settlement. Nobody believes that such an animal actually exists. Until the Monroe family, who decided to relax on the river, did not encounter this terrible monster. Will any of them be able to stay alive and tell the residents about the real cannibal boar?

Original title:
Boar

Actors:
Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, John Jarrat …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.5, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Snake (2017)

The expedition of the married couple Gwinnet and Adam into the forests of South Africa suddenly turns into a terrible ordeal. The explorer’s wife hoped for a rekindling of feelings in a romantic setting, but instead the couple found themselves face to face in a tent with a poisonous snake. The story is not only about the unequal struggle of people with a dangerous reptile – the black mamba, but also about human temptations, betrayal and betrayal.

Original title:
Serpent

Actors:
Tom Ainsley, Sarah Dumont, Nicole Johnson …

Country:
South Africa, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.5, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Shallow (2016)

The list of the best films about animals – bloodthirsty killers living in the waters, continues with a highly rated thriller about surfer Nancy Adams. Carried away by riding the waves on the wild coast of a Mexican beach, she did not notice a huge white shark next to her. Predator in front of her eyes kills three people and seriously injures the athlete herself . The girl understands that she has little chance of staying alive, but is not going to give up.

Original title:
The Shallows

Actors:
Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Josu Lozano Corzo …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Fatal Route (2014)

The plot is based on real events in 2005, when a young Canadian in the wild jungle encountered a man-eating bear. The filmmakers assigned such a fate to the loving couple Alex and Jenn, who, due to inexperience, went astray and attracted the attention of a black bear – the owner of this territory. They soon realize how reckless behavior in the wilderness leads to tragic consequences and that an encounter with a hungry wild beast does not bode well.

Original title:
Backcountry

Actors:
Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop, Nicholas Campbell …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
18+


Grizzly (2013)

The American-Canadian thriller is one of the top horror films featuring animals. Two brothers – a former prisoner and a sheriff – go to the wilderness of Alaska in search of a grizzly bear, enraged by the killing of cubs. They also need a trip to establish brotherly relations, which have cracked. The deaf-mute bride of the sheriff is drawn into a family showdown and a fight with a formidable animal. Will the brothers be able to find a common language and complete a dangerous task?

Original title:
Into the Grizzly Maze

Actors:
Thomas Jane, James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Billy Bob Thornton…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


In the power of the tiger (2010)

Young girl Kelly Taylor and her autistic brother were locked outside in their own house during a hurricane. They have no idea that the worst is yet to come. A huge hungry tiger roams their house in search of food. And this food can be defenseless relatives. The intrigue of the film is who locked them in their own house and why set a predator on them?

Original title:
Burning Bright

Actors:
Garret Dillahunt, Briana Evigan, Charlie Tahan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Piranha 3D (dilogue, 2010 and 2012)

The dilogy continues the list of horror films about animals and will be of interest to fans of bloody horror films. A flock of prehistoric piranhas breaks out of the bowels of the lake after an earthquake and attacks vacationers. The fish are waiting for a feast – thousands of young people who have gathered to celebrate the beginning of summer. Nobody knows how to stop starving predators. They reappear a year later. Mortal danger already threatens visitors to the new water park, where piranhas can get through pipes from the lake.

Original title:
Piranha 3D

Actors:
Elisabeth Shue, Steven R. McQueen, Adam Scott…

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.4

Age Limits :
16+


Extraction (2007)

The film attracts with beautiful landscapes against the backdrop of the African savannah and magnificent lions. The father of the Newman family comes to Africa for work with his family – his second wife and children. The stepmother and children go on a road trip that has become a deadly adventure for them. A hungry flock of lions surrounds their jeep. There is nowhere to wait for help and they themselves have to confront the predators.

Original title:
Prey

Actors:
Bridget Moynehan, Peter Weller, Carly Schroeder …

Country:
South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.7

Age limit:
16+


Blood Jungle (2007)

The action of the Thai horror film about wild animals takes place on a scientific expedition. A group of students, at the invitation of the professor, went to the wild jungle. Once there, they learn that the mad professor and his aggressive assistant have deceived them and lured them into a trap. Horror seizes young people at the thought that they have become bait for monsters unknown to the world – the real goal of the conceited scientist.

Original title:
Bloodmonkey

Actors:
F. Murray Abraham, Matt Ryan, Amy Manson …

Country:
Thailand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.1, IMDb – 3.1

Age limit:
16+


Pack (2006)

Critics compare the debut work of director Nicolas Mastandrea with the film based on Stephen King’s Cujo. A group of friends who have flown to a desert island to have fun, are attacked by wild aggressive dogs. Everyone understands that it is almost impossible to escape from them – the animals have supernatural intelligence for these mammals and a fantastic appetite. Someone quickly dies without escaping from the mutants, while someone continues to look for a way to stay alive.

Original title:
The Breed

Actors:
Michelle Rodriguez, Oliver Hudson, Taryn Manning…

Country:
Germany, South Africa, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Black Sheep (2006)

The hero of the horror film with comedy elements, Henry Olfrid, has been afraid of sheep since childhood. But he could not even imagine that the quiet domestic animals from their farm would someday turn into vicious bloodthirsty predators. It was his older brother Angus who, having taken up genetic engineering, created mutants from pastoral sheep, terrifying people and carrying mortal danger even with one bite.

Original title:
Black Sheep

Actors:
Matthew Chamberlain, Nick Fenton, Sam Clarke…

Country:
New Zealand, South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Spider Attack (2002)

Residents of a small mining town in the United States do not believe that the disappearance of people and animals is due to the invasion of giant mutant spiders grown by a local collector. He conducted an experiment on insects – he fed them with chemicals, and he himself turned out to be their victim. Spiders have settled in the mines and terrorize people. Some are ready to fight them, but will this save the situation of the whole city?

Original title:
Eight Legged Freaks

Actors:
David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, Scarlett Johansson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

The French horror film about wild animals – elusive predators that have become local legends – can also be attributed to the historical genre with detective elements. The plot is based on a story from the 18th century about a mysterious Beast that looks like a wolf. He ruthlessly kills children and adults in the county of Gevaudan. King Louis VI instructs the scientist Gregor de Fronsac to investigate the murders . He is helped by his friend the Indian Mani, who knows the ancient rituals.

Original title:
Le Pacte des loups

Actors:
Samuel Le Bian, Vincent Cassel, Emily Decienne, Monica Bellucci…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Warrior Dogs (2001)

The list of the best horror films with animals in the spirit of a military action movie continues with the story of werewolves. A group of soldiers participating in an anti- Special Forces exercise find themselves in an abandoned house in the woods of Scotland. They are seized with real horror at the sight of bloodied and torn bodies. Now they have to fight more dangerous opponents – giant warrior dogs that leave no one alive.

Original title:
Dog Soldiers

Actors:
Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby …

Country:
UK, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
16+


Komodo. Island of Terror (1999)

Australian film about the adventures of fifteen-year-old Patrick Connally. His family vacations every summer on an island off the coast of North Carolina. This time, the island has prepared shocking tests for the family. In front of Patrick’s eyes, giant cannibal lizards tore to pieces his parents. The young man, having received a psychological trauma, closed himself in for a long time. Can an experienced psychologist Victoria restore his peace of mind and help him forget the tragedy and the monsters?

Original title:
Komodo

Actors:
Jill Hennessy, Billy Burke, Kevin Zegers…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.7, IMDb – 4.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Anaconda (1997)

Brazilian horror feature film about animal attacks on people deserves attention for its magnificent footage in the Amazon jungle and for the participation of the famous pop singer Jennifer Lopez. A group of research journalists goes into the jungle in search of a mysterious Indian tribe. But the insidious plan of their guide Paul disrupts the expedition. In fact, Paul is a snake hunter, and this time his prey should be a giant anaconda reptile, and he chose journalists as bait.

Original title:
Anaconda

Actors:
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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