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CST Top 10: Top 10 Killer Animal Movies

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by Kyle Arango,

Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week with Crawl being released, we decided to countdown the Top 10 Killer Animal movies. Now I will just say this upfront, this might be the strangest list we have every assembled with some all-time classics and absolute crap making the list. So let’s see how this goes.

10. Sharknado

If you are seeing this choice and think that it is absolutely ridiculous, you’d be right. Sharknado is an abomination of epic proportions that snuck through the shlock of Syfy original movies to take over the internet. Some consider this to be one of those “it’s so bad it’s good” movies, but I just don’t get it. It spun off to make four more sequels that became old by the end of the first one and the well ran dry. You do not need to see this movie, see The Grey instead which should’ve made the list.

9. Godzilla (2014)

Next up we have one of the Japanese to American adaptations in 2014’s Godzilla. This film is so unfairly treated and has the worst criticisms I have ever seen thrown at a movie. They say that there is not enough Godzilla in it, but I argue that’s what makes it so great. This film understands the scope of the monster and just how massive he is. How it moves so slowly and has a presence. The sequel threw that completely out and settled for mindless action but hey, it is what it is.

8. Piranha 3D

At number eight is a film that shouldn’t be as entertaining as it is in Piranha 3D. This is another Sharknado type of film, but it likes to have fun. It is exactly what you are looking for in killer fish, gore, and naked people and delivers on those fronts. Plus, it’s in 3D if you still care about that so it is like the deaths are right in your face.

7. Anaconda

We have yet another entry next on our list that is just terrible in Anaconda. I’m sorry, but I don’t know what our staff was thinking with this choice. Anaconda is a nothing film with terrible characters and a dumb story that is just about a snake eating people. People know it for Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube, that’s it. Very disappointed by this ranking. Want to see a snake eat people? Search it up on YouTube! It is more entertaining than this film.

6. Tremors

            Now we have a more fun film about killer animals in Tremors. Imagine that when the Earth was shaking, it wasn’t because of an earthquake but because of killer worms who want to eat you. Tremors is one of those films that is both scary and funny where they know exactly what they are doing and have a blast doing it. This is a franchise with sequels coming out as recently as last year, so its impact still lives on.

5. The Thing

At number five you may be surprised to see both because of its ranking and because of what it is in The Thing. I know you may be thinking that this isn’t an animal movie but, it does become an animal and kills so it counts in our book. This is one of the best horror films ever that is both suspenseful and scary, yet you can’t take your eyes off of it. It remade a classic film and now the 1982 version is the one we associate as the official entry. This is a classic film that deserves all of its praise.

4. Jurassic Park

Coming in at number four is a film that probably should be much higher is Jurassic Park. Perhaps people don’t consider dinosaurs when they think of animals, but they certainly qualify. This is the film that both made us be afraid of dinosaurs and be in awe of them. The T-Rex and the raptors are extraordinary and to see dinosaurs come alive on screen is something that never gets old. The effects still hold up better than today’s movies and has left an impact on society as a whole.

3. Cujo

In at number three is a film that is a bit of a surprise to see so high up but is welcome in Cujo. Stephen King has made many classic stories and somehow this one is one of the most well-known. Dogs are creatures that are so adored and loved and when they turn on us, it can be a horrifying experience. That is exactly what happens in Cujo and it is heartbreaking to watch. If you have a dog at home, this is probably not a film for you.

2. The Birds

Coming in right below number one is our oldest film to make the list in The Birds. Alfred Hitchcock who is one of the greatest directors of all time made this little film about a small town that is one day attacked by every bird in their area. There is nowhere to hide from these creatures that just stalk them and tear them apart. Birds are already scary looking creatures and if they start to attack us, there’s not much we can do.


Finally, our number one film is one that should’ve been obvious when you saw the topic and that film is Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s classic monster film is considered one of the best films ever and it involves a killer shark. Most of these other movies settle for the monster being the focus of the film but Jaws focuses on the characters so when the shark comes around, we care about their fates. Everything from the story, the acting, and even that iconic score adds up to make a truly classic film that ruined sharks for everyone.

There you have it! Our picks for the Top 10 killer animal movies. I personally am not a fan of this list and feel we are missing some like Shakma and Roar. One has a killer baboon and the other has live lions on set actually trying to eat the crew. Anyways, what does your list look like? Let us know below and we will see you next time with another list.