Maybe you like scary movies and maybe you like scary animals in movies even more. If so, you may want to learn about scary animals in movies so you can catch up on all of the films that have some kind of scary animal in them. Whether it's a scary dog or a great white shark, all of these movies have the same aspect - scary animals.

  1. Scary dogs. Movies such as "Cujo" and "Man's Best Friend" have long tapped into some people's fear of canine creatures. In "Cujo," we have a St. Bernard that has rabies and attacks a mother and her child in a car, holding them hostage for hours. In "Man's Best Friend," the main creature is a genetically engineered dog that starts a killing spree. In both cases, it's not the dog's fault that they are doing what we fear the most, which makes each movie rather sad if you think about it.

  2. Scary fish. In movies such as "Piranha" and the "Jaws" franchise, we are subjected to scary fish: a great white shark and a bunch of piranhas. "Jaws" first appeared in 1975 and since then, many people have been scared of the water and shark attacks. "Piranha" on the other hand, had a bunch of flesh-eating fish that didn't just reside in the Amazon River, but found their way into other areas such as lakes in the United States. Both movies have had many sequels and continue to remain popular.

  3. Dinosaurs. While dinosaurs have been in movies before such as in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" in 1958, it wasn't until 1993 that dinosaur movies really took off with the introduction of "Jurassic Park." What started as a book written by Michael Crichton, the "Jurassic Park" franchise took off and spawned sequels. Each movie showed dinosaurs as beautiful creatures as well as scary creatures that can kill such as the T-Rex and velociraptors.

  4. Reptiles. Reptiles are always scary to some people that have a natural fear of them and with the movies "Anaconda," "Lake Placid" and "Snakes on a Plane," they are even more scary. "Anaconda" let us see an astronomically sized snake in the Amazon, "Lake Placid" had a monstrous alligator and "Snakes on a Plane" had normal sized snakes but hundreds of them let loose on a commercial flight.

  5. Cats. - Whether it's a house cat or a large cat, cats aren't necessarily scary to tons of people but they can be when put in a horror movie. Church from "Pet Sematary" was incredibly scary after being reanimated after his death, and the large cats in "Cat People" showed us how primal a big cat can be when a brother and sister are the last remaining part of a group that turns into leopards.

There are plenty of other animals that scare people such as rats and bats in the movies "The Rats" and "Bats," but these are some of the animals that particularly stand out. We may not think of some of these animals as scary, like cats or dogs, but in horror movies, sometimes they are!

- Kim Hill