Frightening Movie Animals: Apes
Apes aren’t typically scary creatures, but Planet of the Apes made them the most horrific animals in cinema history. Think about it. As the sympathetic lead of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar (a chimpanzee) represents the most frightening of possibilities: an animal smart enough to outwit his masters, with a desire to turn the tables on humanity. Born in a testing lab, and gifted through science with extraordinary intelligence, Caesar quickly becomes disillusioned with mankind. But it’s not until Caesar is thrown into an animal control facility and brutalized by a cruel zookeeper that he turns against humans, and unleashes an army of super-smart primates. While the story is outlandish, the idea is truly terrifying: what if animals were smart enough to realize how mankind treats them, and organize a revolt?
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