Book Review – When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals

When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals
Edited by Vanessa Morgan
Courtesy of Moonlight Creek Publishing
Release Date: November 24, 2016

I’ve made it well-known that I love creature-features and monster movies because the fear of the unknown is a big aspect of what makes them so much fun. But what about creatures we are familiar with, like animals and insects? Can they be terrifying and fun?

Heck yeah, they can. Hollywood has long embraced the fear our animal kingdom friends can incite, and that love has been pivotal in creating the horror genre we know today. Editor Vanessa Morgan rounded up a host of contributors to offer us a look into some of the best (and worst) films that feature animals on the rampage. WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK: THE 70 BEST HORROR MOVIES WITH KILLER ANIMALS is an excellent guide to the wild versus humanity. If you’re looking for a unique book for the horror lover in your life, look no more; this is a must-have for any collection.

If you are not familiar with WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK, here is the book’s synopsis courtesy of Moonlight Creek Publishing:

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.

I love how this is not just a single author’s perspective on what’s good and what’s not. This comes from a slew of opinions, which makes the material more grounded. As such, there’s no particular bias that stands out, and the result is a well-rounded collection of essays.

Each piece in WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK is written well and fleshes out nicely the titles involved. The movies discussed are both mainstream and obscure, which can give new insight to familiar titles and enlightenment about those newly discovered.

Some of my favorite films discussed in this book include ALLIGATOR, CUJO, and TICKS, but I’ve also made a list of several I have never heard of but must track down, including CHOSEN SURVIVORS and CURSE 2: THE BITE.

WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK is a huge win for me, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys creature-features involving animals. Whether you are new to the genre or an existing fan, this book offers something for everybody. It is available today, so check it out.


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