Frightening Movie Animals: Dogs
Everybody loves dogs. Cujo changed that. For the record, St. Bernards are lovable, friendly, shaggy dogs. Weighing in at upwards of 200 pounds, they are, however, very large. Perhaps this is where author Stephen King came up with the idea for his 1981 novel, Cujo. Now synonymous with vicious dogs the world over, Cujo’s horrifying tale is one audiences have yet to forget. Bit by a rabid bat, Cujo soon succumbs to rabies, and proceeds on a murderous rampage, even turning against his owners. It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare: their loyal pup turning violent and uncontrollable, and it’s made all the more frightening by the fact that Cujo’s affliction is a real virus that kills an estimated 55,000 people annually.
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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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Frightening Movie Animals: Snakes
While they have long been wrongly maligned, hunted and persecuted, snakes are still creepy as heck. Most humans have an innate fear of snakes, and that’s where 1997’s Anaconda hits terror pay-dirt. Based on real-life Green Anacondas, these snakes are the heaviest in the world, and grow to upwards of 40-feet in length. While they almost never bother humans, Anaconda took some liberties, namely in that these nasty snakes can eat full-grown men. Sure, the film is a thinly disguised Jaws knockoff, but man does Jon Voight ever get it! Sadly, Jennifer Lopez does not.