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The Scariest Animal Movies Ever Made  

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List Rules Horror films that star animals as villains

A list of the scariest animal movies ever made, ranked by the sheer terror you'll feel watching them on the big (or small) screen. Are you looking for a new favorite scary animal movie? Browse through this list of the scariest animal movies ever made to see which ones are considered to be the best by voters just like you. Ranked in order from the most popular scary animal movie to the least popular, it will be easy to find some new great scary animal movies to watch tonight. If you see a animal horror movie that you liked really well that’s at the bottom of the list, go ahead and vote for it to see it get ranked higher on the list. But be warned, you may never look at your pets the same way again.

From the scary sea world of Jaws to the rural charm of Cujo, there are many different types of horror movies about animals to enjoy. If you know of one that isn’t on the list, go ahead and add it so that other scary animal movie enthusiasts can experience new thrills and frights.

Whether your particular favorite scary animal movies pick lies with dogs or dinosaurs, there are unlimited scares to experience by watching movies from this list.
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Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett
Congo is a 1995 action adventure film loosely based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name. It was directed by Frank Marshall and stars Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, ...more
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StacyWolfe added James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more
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SundasBee added Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving
The Wolfman is a 2010 American horror film directed by Joe Johnston. It is a remake of the 1941 film of the same name, and tells the story of Lawrence Talbot who returns to his eerie English ...more
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Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson
Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne ...more
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SundasBee added Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie
Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut, and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and Michael ...more
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Mia Wasikowska, Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell
Rogue is a 2007 Australian independent horror film about a group of tourists in Australia who fall prey to a giant, man-eating crocodile. Rogue was released in Australia on 8 November 2007. The ...more
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fadliakiti added Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, Penelope Ann Miller
The Relic is a 1997 science fiction/horror film directed by Peter Hyams and based on the best-selling novel Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The film stars Penelope Ann Miller, Tom ...more
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StacyWolfe added Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Kitsch
Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America. The ...more
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jhalterman36 added Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 Japanese American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by Terry O. Morse and Ishirō Honda. The film is a heavily re-edited American adaptation, ...more
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StacyWolfe added Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker
Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan ...more
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StacyWolfe added Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel, Andrew Prine
Grizzly is a 1976 horror film directed by William Girdler, about a 15-foot tall, man-eating Grizzly bear that terrorizes a National Forest. It stars Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard ...more
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Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones
Primeval is a 2007 American horror film which was released on January 12, 2007. The film, starring Dominic Purcell, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones and Jürgen Prochnow, depicts a team of ...more
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Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster
Alligator is a 1980 American monster movie, directed by Lewis Teague with a screenplay by John Sayles. It stars Robert Forster, Robin Riker, and Michael V. Gazzo. It follows the attempts of a ...more
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fadliakiti added Peter Weller, Ernie Hudson, Daniel Stern
Leviathan is a 1989 science fiction horror film about a hideous creature and a group of people in a sealed environment, in a similar vein to such films as Alien and The Thing. It is one of many ...more
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SundasBee added Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an American film released January 23, 2009. It is the third installment in the Underworld series, focusing primarily on the origins of some characters and the ...more
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Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, R. Lee Ermey
Willard is a 2003 horror film loosely based on the novel Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert and a remake of the 1971 film Willard. It was not billed as a remake by the producers, but as a ...more
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Salli Richardson, KaDee Strickland, Morris Chestnut
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid is a 2004 adventure horror-thriller film directed by Dwight H. Little. The film is the sequel to the 1997 film Anaconda and the second installment of the ...more
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Kelly Brook, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd
Piranha 3D is a 2010 American 3D horror comedy film and a remake of the 1978 film Piranha. It was directed by Alexandre Aja and has an ensemble cast featuring Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, ...more
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Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson
Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 ...more
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StacyWolfe added Jaws: The Revenge Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles
Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the ...more
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StacyWolfe added James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman
The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film produced by Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, released by RKO Pictures, and directed by ...more
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StacyWolfe added Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata
This film, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film. The film was co-produced between the Japanese company Toho, and Henry G. ...more
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StacyWolfe added Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett
Jaws 3-D is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by Joe Alves and starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson and Louis Gossett, Jr. It is the second sequel to Steven ...more
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StacyWolfe added Cloris Leachman, John Schneider, Sam McMurray
Lake Placid 2 is a 2007 television horror film starring John Schneider and produced by Sony Pictures and the Sci Fi Channel. This sequel to the 1999 film, Lake Placid, aired as a Syfy original ...more
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Piranha 3DD is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Animal Movies Ever Made
StacyWolfe added Katrina Bowden, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Lloyd
Piranha 3DD is a 2012 American 3D comedy horror film and sequel to the 2010 film Piranha 3D. It is directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. It stars ...more