Special Features Presents: My favorite creature feature movies (part 1)

It has been quite a while since I did a special features post. A couple of weeks ago I was trading thoughts with Karandi from 100wordanime (and yes this is also a shameless plug to get you to follow her blog if you have not done so already), after she reviewed the movie Deep Blue Sea. I thought it might be interesting to write a post about my favorite movies that feature some kind of creature scaring the crap out of people. After having recently seen the movie Anaconda, I recalled this conversation, and now finally I have gotten around to writing this post. Sorry it has taken me a while to do so, but I still hope you will enjoy reading it. Why part 1? Well, in this post I will focus on movies that are at least somewhat realistic, and part 2 will focus on science fiction movies that feature terrible creatures from beyond. Well, enough small talk, let’s get on with it!

1. Jaws (1975)


To not include this classic Steven Spielberg movie, would simply be impossible. For maybe the only soul on this planet who has yet to see this film, I will give a short description of what it is about. The summer town of Amityville is all of a sudden being terrified by a great white shark, with a taste for human flesh. After a number of people have been attacked, it is up to the local sheriff, a marine biologist and a shark hunter to take care of the beast. A titanic struggle between man and shark soon begins. Yes, this movie is now 42 years old, but wow it is still one of the best monster movies ever. Even though the sharkeffects may, at times, feel a bit dated, the movie is still very effective in bringing up the scares and the tension. A classic film in every sense of the word, this is an absolute must see movie.

2. Alligator (1980)

Did someone call the police?

After Jaws there were a lot of attempts to cash in on the success of that film. Most of these were very bad, but there were also a few movies that were quite entertaining. Alligator definitely fell into that last category. The premise for this film was pretty simple: a baby alligator was flushed down the toilet, but managed to survive and grow into a gigantic monstrosity. The beast eventually left the sewers and began attacking the local residents. This movie is a bit of a cult classic, but highly enjoyable. It does not take itself very seriously, but there are enough tense moments in this film, that will have you hang on to the edge of your seat. In no way will this one beat Jaws, but it is definitely not a bad movie.

3. Rogue (2007)

Here’s Johny!!

Staying with reptiles, the 2007 Australian movie Rogue features a giant crocodile. An American journalist encounters a giant man eating crocodile while on assignment in the Australian outback. He is trapped on a small island that is beginning to flood. And with a hungry crocodile nearby, that is really not a good place to be. This movie starts of somewhat slow, but makes up for it in the second half of the film. The creature effects for this one are truly astonishing, and especially near the end of the film you start to wonder how on Earth they managed to accomplish that. This is a relatively small, but very tense and exciting movie.

4. Arachnophobia (1990)

Itsy bitsy spider….

Now, I am not afraid of spiders, but after seeing this film, I could definitely develop a fear for them. A doctor discovers a new species of spider in the South American jungle. Travelling back to the States, the spider eventually manages to breed with a domestic species, and this is the beginning of a nightmare for the residents of a small town. Now, if you like movies with jumpscares, this one will give you more than you might have bargained for. I remember when I saw this film in the theatres for the first time. I had never seen an audience jump out of their seats so many times, myself included. It is a great and fun film, with a lot of tense moments, and some very decent special effects.

5. Cujo (1983)

No worries, he doesn’t bite……

Cujo is a movie that is based on the novel by Stephen King. A friendly St.Bernard gets bitten by a bat and contracts rabies. A mother and her son are trapped in a car, while the dog stalks them. It is the middle of summer, so the heat is scorching and time is running out for the both of them. This is a truly tense movie, and one of the better Stephen King films out there. What is interesting to note, is that they used a real dog for this movie. You really wonder how they have managed to train an animal to do all the things you see in this film. It is all very convincing and very scary.

6. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Are you looking at us?

This movie is a very underrated gem. A bridge engineer while on assignment in Africa, has to enlist the help of an old hunter as his crew gets attacked by a pair of lions. It is not long though that the two of them discover that these are no ordinary lions. What is really interesting about this movie, is that this film is based on a true story. With veteran actors Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas cast for the two lead roles, this film really is a joy to watch from beginning to end. Filmed mostly in Africa, the scenery alone is one of the reasons to watch this movie.

7. Bait (2012)

The things you can find in a supermarket these days..

After the release of Jaws there have been so many sharkmovies that I have really lost count. Amongst all these it is very hard to find something original, but Bait really tries to be different. A tsunami strikes at an Australian town, and a number of people become trapped inside a supermarket. To add to their problems a couple of great white sharks have become trapped with them….This was really a very unique sharkmovie, simply because of the truly original setting. It was simply a blast to see people taking the fight to the sharks with only supermarket appliances. The result was a fun and exciting film, that was a really enjoyable watch.

8. Burning Bright (2010)

Here kitty, kitty, kitty…..

This small, and relatively unknown film was truly a surprise. A woman together with her autistic younger brother becomes trapped inside a house during a storm. This would not be so bad, except for the fact that a tiger has been let loose inside the house as well,  in order to kill them. This tense thriller really had some seriously scary scenes. Again filmed with a live animal, it served up some very realistic and horrifying moments. It is always nice when you don’t expect much from a film, and it turns into something totally awesome. Burning Bright is such a film, and I highly recommend seeking this one out.

Final Thoughts

Well, that just about does it for part 1 of this special features post. Ofcourse this list is by no means complete, as there are definitely a lot of other animal movies out there, that are every bit as enjoyable as the ones on this list. However for me, these movies were definitely my favorites. Coming up somewhere next week, will be part 2 of this post where I am going to focus on my favorite science fiction monsterfilms.

But now, it is over to you, my readers. What is your favorite animal monster movie? Are any of those movies perhaps included on my list? Let me know in the comments section below. As always thank you very much for reading, and see you at the next post!





34 thoughts on “Special Features Presents: My favorite creature feature movies (part 1)”

  1. Oh, I remember Bait. Shark in a supermarket, what’s not to love? 😀 My favourite creature features are all the above, possibly Mimic and Piranha as well! There’s a fun one called Mega Piranha, which is godawful but hilarious.

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    1. Mimic was a very enjoyable movie. Have seen it quite a while ago, but it definitely made an impression. Piranha was a good fun film as well. As for Mega Piranha, I have never seen it…but I love movies that are so godawful that they become fun. Sharknado for instance is another one of those examples 😂😂

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  2. Thanks for the plug, appreciate it.
    I’d never heard of Burning Bright or Alligator but Arachnophobia and Jaws are among my favourite creature feature movies. Looking forward to your non-realistic creature features post.

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  3. I am so glad you included the Ghost and the Darkness and Arachnophobia. They are both great films that tend to be swallowed by more famous successors. Weird to think as Arachnophobia was about as famous as Jaws for a while.
    The Beast is another Peter Benchley Story (writer of Jaws) is another one that I enjoyed when I was younger but recently found out it didn’t age well (it was about a Giant Squid). He also did one called Creature, which was about a shark with legs and hands. I don’t know how well it ages…
    Another great post


  4. So many horror movies I haven’t seen (and I’m a sucker for horror). Cujo is a classic and growing up it managed to creep me out pretty bad. It was right up there with Pet Cemetery level. My high school history teacher was showing Jaws in class one day (don’t ask me why, probably because he was retiring) and it was my first time ever seeing it. I got so sick from watching it that I ended up running to the bathroom to vomit. Good times 🙂 All in all a great list. As far as adding to your list, The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock is another classic

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    1. Haha, really had to laugh about the way you described your reaction while watching Jaws for the first time: good times indeed lol 😂😂 As for the Birds, I had really been considering putting that one on the list as well, but since the post was already pretty long, I decided to leave it out. But I totally agree: the Birds is absolutely terrific 😊

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  5. This was a great idea for a post Michel. Love the ‘creature feature’ name for it too. I can’t say I’ve seen many of the movie’s on this list but jaws was a pretty adventurous movie for it’s time and it was nerve wrecking at a lot of times to see who would take the ‘bait’.

    There are many amazing creatures that have..featured in movies that i thought were creepy enough to make me shudder such as The Thing, The host (2006), Trollhunter (2010), The Descent (2005), Alien, Jeepers Creepers (2001) which are some of my personal favourites.

    This was a great read and a very entertaining one at that. I’m Looking foward to part 2 when you unleash the monsters. 👾

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    1. Awww thank you so much again for the kind words and support. You are truly awesome 😊 Well…than you will really get a kick out of part 2, as many of the movies that you have mentioned are on that list too. The Thing I hope to do a review for somewhere in May. It has been on my to do list for quite some time, after I have rewatched the movie itself. Part 2 will out somewhere in the coming week. Hope you will enjoy it 😊😊

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  6. Surprise, surprise I’ve actually seen quite a few of these films. Maybe because I had a time when I was devouring creature movies and happily freaking out about them. No, really, I had an unholy fear of seas for some time after binging all of the Jaws movies.

    Hey, doesn’t Tremor count as a creature movie? That one was fun too. I think. It could be that I have shit taste. I loved it when I watched it anyway.

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    1. Haha…not way do you have shit taste. Tremors most definitely counts as a creature movie, but I can’t say it falls in the realistic category (at least I haven’t seen any news reports about giant Worms these days lol 😂). So it will be featured in my upcoming post creature features part 2…where I will be dealing with the more exotic creature movies 😊😊

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      1. Don’t even mention giant worms. i watched the first movie as a kid and was terrified to step foot outside for days.

        …yeah I used to take these movies too seriously once.

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    1. Tremors was fantastic, and it will definitely be featured in part 2 of this post. Maybe it is interesting to know, that there is a tv series in the works for Tremors, that will actually have Kevin Bacon reprising his role 😊 It has been quite a while since I have last heard of this project, but supposedly it is still in the works 😊


  7. After watching Jaws i did not sleep for a few weeks! And still i’m not going to swim in any sea, or open water (because you never know). I was cured watching movies about scary animals or aliens!

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    1. Haha…well that sounds like a very good cure 😊😊 Well, I hope there also is a cure for wasps, because I turn into a complete idiot when I come across those scary insects 😂😂


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