5 Of The Most Evil Animals In Movies

Tuesday, December 20 by John Coon

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The notion of portraying animals as anything other than cute and cuddly can raise the ire of animal lovers everywhere. Still, turning animals from furry friends to sinister menaces is a practice Hollywood filmmakers have tackled with relish for several decades now. They find taking evil animals and unleashing them on a bunch of dumb humans, who serve a sole purpose of being a living buffet, to be a winning box office formula.

Among evil animals in movies, these movies lead the charts in giving us animals with sheer viciousness:

The Birds (1963)

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	No one proved more adept at creating evil animals than <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/alfred-hitchcock/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Alfred Hitchcock</a>. The whole premise of “The Birds” deals with flocks of birds descending upon a coastal California town and violently attacking every human in sight over the course of several days for reasons that remain mysterious. “The Birds” creates <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/terror/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>terror</a> from taking seemingly harmless animals and turning them into natural <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/weapons/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>weapons</a> of mass destruction.</p>
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Man's best friend? That's not the first thought that springs to mind with this St. Bernard. Cujo turns into a terror once a rabid bat bites him on the snout and gives the pooch a hefty dose of rabies. Subsequently, he goes on a rampage that involves killing his owners and trapping an unlucky woman and her son inside a broken down car. It is vintage horror – Stephen King style. King has a gift of taking ordinary things and turning them evil, including a dog breed used as a rescue animal.

Jaws (1975)

Steven Spielberg rose to fame by making people afraid to go into the water. Spielberg turns sharks into an underwater menace with this tale of a great white shark that terrorizes swimmers and beach goers in a small New England town. "Jaws" is effective in creating scares through building character and ratcheting up the tension – instead of piling on the body count. Perhaps the scariest part of this movie, though, is the three sequels and countless clones that followed – each dumber than the previous one.

Arachnophobia (1990)

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The sight of one spider scurrying up a wall is enough to cause some people to bolt from a room screaming for their lives. Seeing hordes of them descend on a small town – like in “Arachnophobia” – are likely to induce a heart attack. One thing “Arachnophobia” does effectively is to use spiders to turn normal activities from playing a football game to eating a bowl of popcorn into deadly affairs. Too bad, the little critters could not have found a way to poison John Goodman’s obnoxious exterminator character along the way.

Anaconda (1997)

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Snakes are another creature that inspires heightened phobias in otherwise rational people. Showing them “Anaconda” will do nothing to alleviate those fears. Hammy acting from Jon Voight as a ruthless river guide and snake hunter does not fully detract from the chills produced by a giant anaconda stalking and picking off members of a “National Geographic” film crew one by one. Any animal that can swallow a human whole is a worthy source of nightmares.

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