Writer Lee Gambin calls them Natural Horror films, other writers call them Revenge of Nature or Nature Run Amok films and writer Charles Derry considers them a type of Apocalyptic Cinema.
Of course we’re speaking of one of the great horror subgenres for which we’ll employ writer Kim Newman’s tag: The Revolt of Nature.
Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage(2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.
These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name.
The golden age of the subgenre was the 1970s and early 1980s with some recent gems standing out amidst the glut of horrendous films that have been cranked out in this field for almost a decade and a half now.
In terms of article criteria, no giants were considered.
Films that feature animals transformed by chemicals, radiation or a certain degree of mutation were eligible but films that feature animals that have become gigantic were not as they represent 1950s science fiction-based horror either directly or by influence and those areas are fertile ground for separate articles.
So, for example, Saul Bass’ Phase IV is in but Gordon Douglas’ 1954 classic Themis out.
Some might consider this to be a thin line but it is one that will be observed here.
That said, start questioning your place on the food chain as we take a chronological look at the best the subgenre has to offer…..with trailers!