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The definitive horror movie guide for fans of killer animals and “revenge of nature” films. When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cinematographic world of animals on the rampage. From well-known predators such as sharks and lions to unusual killing machines like turkeys, elephants, frogs, The definitive horror movie guide for fans of killer animals and “revenge of nature” films. When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cinematographic world of animals on the rampage. From well-known predators such as sharks and lions to unusual killing machines like turkeys, elephants, frogs, cats, and rabbits, there is no shortage of the species on display in this book. Leading horror writers and filmmakers present their favorite “animals attack” films through in-depth essays. Some of the films are touching, some are repulsive, and some are just plain silly. Not all of these horror movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they have made the heart of the writer beat faster with excitement.


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The definitive horror movie guide for fans of killer animals and “revenge of nature” films. When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cinematographic world of animals on the rampage. From well-known predators such as sharks and lions to unusual killing machines like turkeys, elephants, frogs, The definitive horror movie guide for fans of killer animals and “revenge of nature” films. When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cinematographic world of animals on the rampage. From well-known predators such as sharks and lions to unusual killing machines like turkeys, elephants, frogs, cats, and rabbits, there is no shortage of the species on display in this book. Leading horror writers and filmmakers present their favorite “animals attack” films through in-depth essays. Some of the films are touching, some are repulsive, and some are just plain silly. Not all of these horror movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they have made the heart of the writer beat faster with excitement.

30 review for When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    Various authors write essays on various movies featuring animals killing humans. Some of the essays are pretty good, although one of them technically breaks the rules, by spotlighting the Sharktopus, an animal that does not exist. I've seen most of the movies, but found a couple of new ones. I disagreed with some of the reviews, but that's normal. I really thought it was a bit rinky-dink that almost as much of the book was devoted to author bios as the actual movies. Mostly entertaining. I found m Various authors write essays on various movies featuring animals killing humans. Some of the essays are pretty good, although one of them technically breaks the rules, by spotlighting the Sharktopus, an animal that does not exist. I've seen most of the movies, but found a couple of new ones. I disagreed with some of the reviews, but that's normal. I really thought it was a bit rinky-dink that almost as much of the book was devoted to author bios as the actual movies. Mostly entertaining. I found myself wondering what movie I would choose? Barracuda? Sea Snakes? Black Mamba? Snake King?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    I’m a huge fan of horror. You throw in some creatures that run, creep, crawl, slither, fly, and swim, and I’m in heaven. This collection lists the 70 best movies that feature killer animals that actually exist in nature. No ghosts, vamps, weres, or demons are in it. How about lions, tigers, and bears. Bats, sharks, and piranhas. The list goes on. I read this from front to back, realizing when I finished that I’d seen all but a few of these movies and many of them have a home on my DVD shelves. The I’m a huge fan of horror. You throw in some creatures that run, creep, crawl, slither, fly, and swim, and I’m in heaven. This collection lists the 70 best movies that feature killer animals that actually exist in nature. No ghosts, vamps, weres, or demons are in it. How about lions, tigers, and bears. Bats, sharks, and piranhas. The list goes on. I read this from front to back, realizing when I finished that I’d seen all but a few of these movies and many of them have a home on my DVD shelves. They go back quite a ways too. Feel free to skip around when reading. You might spot some favorites you want to check out first. As it says in the description, some of these are quite horrific, some are eerie, and some are just plain fun. I love B- movies. I don’t expect the best in CG, and often enjoy it when I can clearly see that the creature isn’t real. My sister and I love to pick the movies apart and try to never miss a one. Some of my favorites are Day of the Animals, Frogs, Empire of the Ants……well, the list could go on and on. And I was thrilled to see that The White Buffalo was included in this list. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. Has almost a mystical tone to it. And Charles Bronson pulls off a fabulous performance, as does the “buff.” Writers and authors come together to share about their featured movies and it gets quite interesting. A must have for horror movie buffs. There’s something for everyone in these pages. You may find yourself surfing for some of these movies afterwards. I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dina Rae

    When Animals Attack is a collection of in-depth essays written about horror movies with animals. I had seen some of the movies chosen by the book's editor such as Jaws, Anaconda, Arachnophobia, Cujo, Lake Placid, and Snakes on a Plane. Most of the movies I had not seen. There was a surge of essays written about sharks that didn't sound too interesting. I wasn't a fan of Jaws. Some of the movies that are now on my 'must-see' list include Bryan Schuessler's essay on Pig Hunt. He compares the movie When Animals Attack is a collection of in-depth essays written about horror movies with animals. I had seen some of the movies chosen by the book's editor such as Jaws, Anaconda, Arachnophobia, Cujo, Lake Placid, and Snakes on a Plane. Most of the movies I had not seen. There was a surge of essays written about sharks that didn't sound too interesting. I wasn't a fan of Jaws. Some of the movies that are now on my 'must-see' list include Bryan Schuessler's essay on Pig Hunt. He compares the movie to Razorback. It's about a group of young people who go hunting for wild pigs. It has won several awards. Another movie that sounds intriguing is David Royce's essay on the movie Willard. It's about a man who gets pushed around his whole life and then gets his revenge with the help of some rats. J. Luis Rivera's White Dog is a movie about how dogs are trained to attack African Americans. This movie sounds both horrifying and thought-provoking about racism in America. My Review: I recommend this book to all horror movie lovers. It was a quick, fun read that makes me want to go to the video rental store. The writing was great as were the movies that were highlighted. 5/5 Stars. dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.colm

  4. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    A movie guide for horror fan, but even more for killer animals type of horror. It presented 70 movies and a brief biography of the director who made them! Well done and a good way to find inspiration for your next horror movie night!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals is a fun collection of brief essays on movies about animals on the rampage. The book is an easy and light read. It features everything from killer alligators and sharks to hungry cats and slugs. These essays will remind you just why you love your old favorites while also giving you new things to watch. Many of the essays are well-written and interesting but others need some editing. I was really excited for this book because I lo When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals is a fun collection of brief essays on movies about animals on the rampage. The book is an easy and light read. It features everything from killer alligators and sharks to hungry cats and slugs. These essays will remind you just why you love your old favorites while also giving you new things to watch. Many of the essays are well-written and interesting but others need some editing. I was really excited for this book because I love horror movies, especially those with killer animals. For the most part, the collection didn’t disappoint. The essays are simply written and brief, making them easy to read and suitable for almost all ages. I appreciate that the book doesn’t only feature much-loved classics but also includes less critically acclaimed movies. The collection covers a range of movies from the popular Jaws and Cujo to the more obscure Frogs. There are even essays covering recent guilty pleasures like Snakes on A Plane and Sharktopus. However, I wish there was more diversity. Most of the featured movies are American and I wish there were more essays on movies from other countries. Each essay is written by a different contributor (bloggers, filmmakers etc.) and the writing varies greatly. Many of the essays are entertaining and well-written, striking an excellent balance between the authors’ personal experiences, their opinions on the movies’ technical and thematic aspects, and important plot details. However, some essays are lacking. Some meandered from the point too much while not providing sufficient description of the movies’ plots or achievements and failings. If I wasn’t familiar with certain movies, select essays would go completely over my head. When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals is an entertaining and super quick read. While some of the essays could have been much better written and I wish there were more non-Western movies included, I really enjoyed this book. If you love horror movies or are simply looking to get into the genre, this collection is a great read! Thank you to NetGalley and Moonlight Creek Publishing for this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Silver Screen Videos

    NOTE: The editor graciously gave me a copy of this book and asked me to write a review. FURTHER NOTE: I read the Kindle version of When Animals Attack. After I posted my review, the editor informed me that the paperback version contains a number of additional photos that are not in the Kindle version. That would not affect my overall rating of the book, but it would have a bearing on some of my comments below, so anyone considering buying the book in either format should keep that in mind. When I NOTE: The editor graciously gave me a copy of this book and asked me to write a review. FURTHER NOTE: I read the Kindle version of When Animals Attack. After I posted my review, the editor informed me that the paperback version contains a number of additional photos that are not in the Kindle version. That would not affect my overall rating of the book, but it would have a bearing on some of my comments below, so anyone considering buying the book in either format should keep that in mind. When I told my film student daughter that I had agreed to review a book about the 70 best animal attack movies of all time, her response was that she didn't know there were 70 movies about animal attacks. Well, having read When Animals Attack, I can now confirm that there are actually more than 70, since some of my personal favorites did not make the list. And, while the word "best" is a rather loose way to describe some of these films, the discussions of them in this book are often highly entertaining. When Animals Attack has contributions from 70 separate authors (or teams) selecting a particular movie that has great appeal to them, which were then edited by Vanessa Morgan (who wrote an introduction and one of the articles). The articles are short, in the neighborhood of five pages each, and the authors are an eclectic mix of writers, bloggers, film professors, critics, actors, convention fans, other film buffs, and behind-the-scenes personnel, all of whom have a love for movies in general and horror movies in particular. Morgan established only a couple of ground rules, mainly that the animals must be real and alive today, thus disqualifying dinosaurs and King Kong, although giant versions of everyday animals were allowed. Not surprisingly, the authors came up with a wide variety of movies. In a genre in which there are only two acknowledged classics (Jaws and The Birds, both of which are included) and about a dozen or so generally recognized quality entertainments (such as Cujo and Deep Blue Sea, also both included), that leaves room for a lot of cult films, B-movies, midnight movies, forgotten gems, and so-bad-they’re-good films. The creatures themselves include the usual dangerous ones (lion, tigers, and bears, oh my), animals to which people generally have a natural aversion (spiders, snakes, sharks, rats), some animals that might at first seem too insignificant to count (ticks, worms, and slugs), and a few that boggle the mind (sheep and rabbits). The authors take a variety of approaches to the material. Some talk about discovering their selections in childhood, either at a long defunct video store or on late night television. Others try for a scholarly approach, dissecting the filmmaker’s technique for generating scares. Some dwell on the mechanics of making the movie and how the effects were created (both realistic and ludicrous). A couple of the authors have really interesting behind-the-scenes information, including a former story editor for Roger Corman who discusses Piranha and the writer/director of Squirm (the worm movie). However, since a substantial number of the movies in When Animals Attack are quite dreadful (we’ve got Sharknado, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, and Sharktopus all here), many readers will probably have the most fun with the articles that go along with the general loopiness of those films and poke a good bit of tongue-in-cheek fun at the movies. It’s tricky to make total cheese seem like a decent cinematic dish, but some of these writers manage the feat quite nicely. Although I had a couple of quibbles with the selections (I thought the original Willard was far superior to the Crispin Glover remake that appears here, and my personal B-movie favorite Venom is nowhere to be seen), I did think the book had a couple more serious flaws. The first is a general lack of artwork or shots from the various films, other than a single illustration (ofen a poster) for each movie. This deficiency is probably a matter of finances. I imagine that securing clearances for photos from some 70 or so movies would be rather expensive. The other flaw I noted was that some of the authors seemed to take their subject matter a bit too seriously. Many of these movies are (a) very bad and (b) not in the least bit scary, even for pre-teens, but a few of the authors try to treat them with the same serious reverence as they view Hitchcock’s The Birds, Trying to find social or political significance in Sharknado is like trying to find a diamond ring in a crackerjack box. Similarly, some of the articles assume that readers will have a bit too much familiarity with a particular obscure movie, so a bit more plot or production detail might have helped. Still, When Animals Attack is a book for film buffs, more specifically horror film buffs, and they are likely to find it a total hoot. Even if you’re as well versed as I am, a few of these movies will doubtless be revelations, inviting a viewing at some point. And many more bring back pleasant nostalgic memories. It’s also interesting and informative to see how the prevalent storyline in these films changed over the years. Creatures spawned as the result of nuclear radiation in the 1950’s eventually morphed into creatures that became dangerous due to environmental hazards in the 1970’s. But, no matter what era we’re in, mean, obnoxious, greedy, nasty people inevitably find themselves getting chewed or ripped to bits in quite satisfying fashion in film after film. When Animals Attack is not a book for everyone, but it is a book about which most readers can determine whether they will enjoy it based simply on their reaction to the title. If the idea of a book about a specific type of often cheesy horror movie seems like a complete waste of time and money, then perhaps you’ll fare better with Dickens and Tolstoy. But if the very title conjures up a sense of anticipation and stirs memories of childhood classics (and not-so-classics), then When Animals Attack will be almost as much fun as watching some of these movies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Melvin

    This book is a godsend for my research, which will undoubtedly overlap into cinema as well as literature. Not only does it provide summary and exposition into many of the films I plan to mention, it has numerous entries before and after my 1974-1982 timeline which, if nothing else, provide a larger span to observe how and when the shifts in animal-attack movies occur. A collection of 70 (Why this number? So arbitrary.) horror movies that range from the 1940s to 2010s, the book features entries by This book is a godsend for my research, which will undoubtedly overlap into cinema as well as literature. Not only does it provide summary and exposition into many of the films I plan to mention, it has numerous entries before and after my 1974-1982 timeline which, if nothing else, provide a larger span to observe how and when the shifts in animal-attack movies occur. A collection of 70 (Why this number? So arbitrary.) horror movies that range from the 1940s to 2010s, the book features entries by "film historians, horror fiction authors, film critics, authors of movie reference guides, film directors, film festival programmers, actors, screenwriters, and bloggers" who were tasked to highlight an animal-attack film that resonated with them in some way (12). They run the gamut from the hallmark pieces--Jaws and Cujo--to the schlocky dregs of drive-in reels, Sy-Fy flicks, and direct-to-video VHS releases--Zoltan: Hound of Dracula,Sharktopus, Ticks. At this point, I've watched so many films that it's hard to keep track. This will be a handy guide to jog my memory. The book is far from flawless. For starters, with 70 different contributors, the entries vary in length, quality, and analysis. Some at least flirt with academic close reads while others are simple plot summary. Some only provide a overview of plot while others recap the movie beat-for-beat. Many spoil the ending, often without warning, so if you haven't seen a particular flick, beware. A little more depth and analysis would be preferable, but I understand that this is not an academic book penned by film studies professors and the intended audience would likely find such discourse impenetrable. (To be fair, some of us scholars do too.) The organization also doesn't seem to be the most logical. Films are listed in alphabetical order--with the article "the" also used for such purposes, which clogs the latter portion of the book with twelve entries that should fall elsewhere. This order makes sense at face value. However, it obscures the focus of Morgan's brief but insightful introduction which traces the change in plot, themes, and leitmotifs that have occurred over at least three specific eras of the genre. A chronological listing would seem instead to accent this observation. At the very least, perhaps listing the titles by category--aerial attack, land-based, aquatic, amphibious, various--would better group themes and make it easier to spot patterns. Either way would be preferable. Also, the book lacks an index, which would be invaluable to cross-reference actors, writers, directors, etc. It would also be helpful to see what other movies are mentioned in each review. For example, many rightfully acknowledge the influence of Jaws, but the only way to get a complete picture is to skim the entire book. I suppose the digital age will eventually make indexing obsolete, as a simple "find" command will suffice. Nonetheless, I have the print version and much prefer the tactile sensation of holding a book in my hand to flipping on my Kindle. That said, this is a handy guide. From Jaws to Grizzly, Arachnophobia to Beaks: The Movie, Anaconda to Jersey Shore Shark Attack the collection is eclectic and varied enough to cater to my tastes, no small feat. I'm also pleased that some oft-overlooked gems made their way into the collection: too many forget what a great film Ghost and the Darkness is, and I'm glad someone beside me has seen and appreciated Prey (think Cujo but with lions and Bridget Moynahan). I'm just sad no one chose Primeval, though it does get a shout-out in one review. I forget which one, and it's not like there's an INDEX to consult.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    I don't read a lot of non-fiction but when I seen this one it was just one I couldn't help but get to review.  When Animals Attack is a collection of 70 essays from horror aficionados and each one took a animal attack horror movie and wrote about why they thought it should be included in the list. I decided while I started reading it that if I could find the movie free on any source, from netflix to youtube then I would watch it and see what I thought.   It has a large range of movies from 1940 up I don't read a lot of non-fiction but when I seen this one it was just one I couldn't help but get to review.  When Animals Attack is a collection of 70 essays from horror aficionados and each one took a animal attack horror movie and wrote about why they thought it should be included in the list. I decided while I started reading it that if I could find the movie free on any source, from netflix to youtube then I would watch it and see what I thought.   It has a large range of movies from 1940 up to I think 2015, with the most concentrated bunch in the 70's especially after 1975 when Jaws came out and everyone tried to jump on the animal attack bandwagon. I will admit there was some that I watched that I really couldn't see why it made the cut for this book but for the most part it was a lot of fun watching and rewatching some I had seen a long time ago. Some were boring, somewhere pretty good while some where just so fake I laughed. I especially liked the ones from the 40's and 50's! It was fun seeing some of the horror movies that scared my dad when he was little. :) Doing all this watching lead to a series I am going to start soon called When Animals Attack: A Summer of Animal Attack movies where I highlight some of the ones I was able to watch from this book and what I thought about them. I might even add some that wasn't on the list!  While some essays were more enjoyable than others overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any horror lover. Though if you don't want to be spoiled I suggest watching the movies before reading the essays. Just a heads up! :) 3.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    It's a simple book: 70 movie recommendations that contain animals that kill. Right up front, the point of all of this is made clear: This is just going to be a "fun" read. Each film selection (presented in alphabetical order) is heralded in by a different contributor sometimes merely defending the bad effects/story/acting; other times could have all of the previous with a tacked-on anecdote or even stories from when the movie was being made (Morgan was able to get some people involved with the s It's a simple book: 70 movie recommendations that contain animals that kill. Right up front, the point of all of this is made clear: This is just going to be a "fun" read. Each film selection (presented in alphabetical order) is heralded in by a different contributor sometimes merely defending the bad effects/story/acting; other times could have all of the previous with a tacked-on anecdote or even stories from when the movie was being made (Morgan was able to get some people involved with the showcased films, too). Having seen at least half of the selections (there are some most excellent movies presented in the book), I found myself giddy to turn the page and see the next choice (I intentionally skipped over the table of contents); as for the rest---they're on my watchlist. I'm glad books like this exist. They're wonderful reference pieces made by people who deeply love film and, in this instance, the sub-genre of horror films involving animals. In reality, my 4-star rating is probably more of a 4.5, but, after reading the introduction section three times, I never caught a spoiler alert notification. Yeah, many of these films are several decades old, but, if you're making the case for people to go catch a movie, you might want to lighten up on the plot twists & surprise endings (not all of the entries are spoiler-filled, by the way). If you're even remotely interested, you should give it a go. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘When Animals Attack is mainly a book about guilty pleasures.’ Author/screenwriter Vanessa Morgan lives in Belgium and is best known for her terrifying mysteries - some of which have become movies - but she is also a very sensitive writer about animals, and cats in particular (witness, NEXT TO HER). In this book, however, Vanessa turns to another aspect of animal life and highlights movies that have featured Killer Animals! As in her introduction, Vanessa poses ‘Why a book on animal attack movies ‘When Animals Attack is mainly a book about guilty pleasures.’ Author/screenwriter Vanessa Morgan lives in Belgium and is best known for her terrifying mysteries - some of which have become movies - but she is also a very sensitive writer about animals, and cats in particular (witness, NEXT TO HER). In this book, however, Vanessa turns to another aspect of animal life and highlights movies that have featured Killer Animals! As in her introduction, Vanessa poses ‘Why a book on animal attack movies? Animal attack movies have become a genre unto itself, and like any movie genre, it's one worthy of study. One of the most interesting aspects is how it has evolved over the decades in conjunction with trending angst. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was the lingering colonial fear of foreign lands that drove audiences to panic in front of rampaging wild beasts. For example, in the Mascot film serial The King of the Kongo (1929, Richard Thorpe), a giant gorilla guards a temple in the jungle and menaces those who dare to approach it. Many of this era's animal attack adventure movies took place at sea, like The Sea Bat (1930, Wesley Ruggles and Lionel Barrymore), about a giant manta ray attacking sponge fishers near the West Indies, or the silent film The Sea Beast (1926, Millard Webb), based on the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The animal attack movie flourished in the 1950s. In the post-war period, with the nuclear genie released from its bottle, it was the impact of atomic radiation that led us to cower from mutated animals the size of freight trains, reflecting our hubris back to ourselves. “When man entered the atomic age, he opened a door to a new world,” a scientist intoned at the conclusion of the 1954 giant ant film, Them! In The Black Scorpion (1957, Edward Ludwig), enormous scorpions make it to the earth's surface after a volcanic eruption and attack the countryside. Leeches have been mutated by atomic radiation in Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959, Bernard L. Kowalski). In Beginning of the End (1957, Bert I. Gordon) locusts turn gargantuan after eating radiated giant vegetables. In Earth vs. the Spider (1958, Bert I. Gordon), an abnormally large spider attacks a rural community. And in Tarantula (1959, Jack Arnold), a laboratory experimenting with size enhancers creates a monster tarantula. Humans weren't safe from giantism either. In both The Amazing Colossal Man (1957, Bert I. Gordon) and Attack of the 50th Foot Woman (1958, Nathan Juran) people grew to over 50 feet tall after an atomic accident. So do otherworldly and extinct creatures in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953, Eugène Lourié), Godzilla (1954, Ishirō Honda), The Cyclops (1957, Bert I. Gordon), The Monolith Monsters (1957, John Sherwood), Kronos (1957, Kurt Neumann), and many more.’ What follows is a fascinating overview of killer animal movies complete with images from the advertising posters, the men and women who made these films, interesting biographical data and social commentary about ‘why killer animals’, and more. There are words from many of the people who have created these films and for anyone who enjoys movies or enjoys being terrified by beasties, this is a great read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Blanchard

    Horror movies once upon a time chose serial killers and the impossibly stopped villains who would appear time and again. During the time of eco disasters and man's blindness to the environment & added by the fuel of radiation giant fill in the blanks, the environment became the focus of Animals Turning on Humankind. Herein becomes the basis of animals becoming the villians of horror bringing the best and the totally worst of animal horror flicks. The book here covers 70 films of the movies you de Horror movies once upon a time chose serial killers and the impossibly stopped villains who would appear time and again. During the time of eco disasters and man's blindness to the environment & added by the fuel of radiation giant fill in the blanks, the environment became the focus of Animals Turning on Humankind. Herein becomes the basis of animals becoming the villians of horror bringing the best and the totally worst of animal horror flicks. The book here covers 70 films of the movies you definitely want to miss or laugh at, those meant to be watched under influence of alcohol, and those making us afraid of, well, fill in the blank. Now, the problem becomes one of how you like your reviews...seriously. All of these reviews come from bloggers coming to you with info or approach to keep you reading them. So, they entertain or inform & some of them are kind of cool. Read too many at one time and the entertainment grows lesser. The book is a collection of bloggers and the entertainment value lessens with further reading. The posters presented and the blogs will tell you a lot and a lot of them will miss the interpersonal value. This book is indeed a nice one, repeating nice one, with personal stories, and a nice overview of the movies under the category of When Animals Attack. I did receive a mobi of this book for a review and giving an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Todd Simpson

    This was such an interesting book to read, and so well put together. Vanessa Morgan has done a great job in putting together some of the scariest movies of all time. It was very interesting to read the background on how these films where put together, and the cost associated with it. Also how some of the idea’s came about. When you watch a movie like this it’s not something you generally consider, but this is a great insight into some amazing movies. Humans have always had a fascination with dan This was such an interesting book to read, and so well put together. Vanessa Morgan has done a great job in putting together some of the scariest movies of all time. It was very interesting to read the background on how these films where put together, and the cost associated with it. Also how some of the idea’s came about. When you watch a movie like this it’s not something you generally consider, but this is a great insight into some amazing movies. Humans have always had a fascination with dangerous animals and creepy crawlies. We can’t always control them, so the shock value of making films with them taking over or attacking us, has definitely been a winning formulae, for many great movies over the years. Whether small or large, they can maim, poison, eat or kill us. The sea and rivers have been popular when it comes to films, with Jaws, Orca the killer whale and Moby Dick. Water certainly isn’t our natural environment, so films like Piranha would certainly make most viewers cautious from ever entering a river again. Do yourself a favour and read this book, you won’t be disappointed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a must step by step guide for any horror fan. This anthology is full of humor as well as some pretty insightful looks at some of the great animal attack movies. While not every writer review in here is gleaming, I plan to watch them all. Animal attack movies from the super corny (Sharknado) to the staples and pioneers in animal attack films (The Birds) are in here, as well as some lesser known direct to TV or I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a must step by step guide for any horror fan. This anthology is full of humor as well as some pretty insightful looks at some of the great animal attack movies. While not every writer review in here is gleaming, I plan to watch them all. Animal attack movies from the super corny (Sharknado) to the staples and pioneers in animal attack films (The Birds) are in here, as well as some lesser known direct to TV or DVD titles. I love how each movie is reviewed by a different writer who most of the time have a childhood connection to the movie they're reviewing. It makes the reader feel like a friend is telling them a quick story and makes the anthology seems less formal. The only thing I wish for this title is that each review was longer! It was an absolute joy to read and I can't recommend it highly enough. Pick it up, you won't regret it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm angry with myself for not knowing that this was released in 2016 because this would've been in my greedy little hands when it was first released if I'd have known! Creature feature books and movies are some of my favourite things to read/watch! I'm always on the lookout for them but because no-one will watch the films with me or read the books I have no-one to talk to about them all so I'm constantly looking for books like this so I know there are people out there who love them as much as I d I'm angry with myself for not knowing that this was released in 2016 because this would've been in my greedy little hands when it was first released if I'd have known! Creature feature books and movies are some of my favourite things to read/watch! I'm always on the lookout for them but because no-one will watch the films with me or read the books I have no-one to talk to about them all so I'm constantly looking for books like this so I know there are people out there who love them as much as I do. A lovely eclectic mix in here of some of the best (or worst depending on how you look at it) creature features you could want to watch. I now have more to add to my 'to watch' list and for that I am very happy! *Huge thanks to Vanessa Morgan, B.L. Daniels, Moonlight Creek Publishing and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dave Fuentes

  16. 4 out of 5

    Declan Lynch

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erik Smith

  18. 4 out of 5

    Johnna Whetstone

    This was not what I had expected. I thought it would be a much different type of book. An okay read, but definitely different than what I was thinking when I had requested. Although, it is interesting, I thought it was lacking something. My little guy did enjoy though, he's 8, so that was worth the read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ekel Adolf

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  22. 5 out of 5

    K Lynch

  23. 4 out of 5

    J Luis Rivera

  24. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

  25. 5 out of 5

    trevor ashman

  26. 4 out of 5

    Xander De Rycke

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Shea

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori

  30. 4 out of 5

    D.m. Anderson

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