There are some genuinely scary animal horror movies out there and
the one thing that unites them all is a believable villain. Sharks are an
obvious choice (thanks, Jaws), as are crocodiles – both beasts that have been
known to be partial to a bit of human flesh every now and then.
Spiders and snakes, who might not be able to devour you whole but
can exterminate you with a swift venomous bite, work too. But some horrors
feature animal antagonists so ludicrous they beggar belief.
Maybe in trying to bring something other than yet another shark
attack movie to genre, the makers of these films had to dredge the very depths
of their creativity (and the food chain) to come up with something fresh and
Unfortunately, this resulted in a wave of films with the most
unlikely animal threats cinema has ever seen with species that would be
hard-pushed to even slightly mentally traumatise a human, let alone kill them.
Just a word of advice before we proceed for any budding animal
horror directors out there: if your beastly villain inspires ‘awwwws’ instead
of ‘arrrrrghs’ it might be better just to make another shark movie.