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When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals Paperback – November 24, 2016
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"A whole lot of fun!" - Classic Horrors
"When Animals Attack is a huge win for me, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys creature-features involving animals. Whether you are new to the genre or an existing fan, this book offers something for everybody." - Shattered Ravings
"The book features essays written by different writers who chose their movie based on their admiration for it. Consequently, each one you read offers a unique perspective you won't find anywhere else and regardless of what mainstream critics may think. I was particularly impressed with the diversity of films the book featured, going as far back as The Devil Bat (1940) and as recent as 2013's Sharknado. The reader gets a good look at how animal attack films progressed from giant atomic terrors in the '50s to warnings of man tampering with his environment in the '70s." - Terror Daves
"A comprehensive, insightful, and often amusing look at the history of a sometimes disreputable horror sub-genre. More than simple movie reviews, each included film is discussed in extensive essays by various knowledgeable authors, who offer their unique personal insights." - Free Kittens Movie Guide
"In depth and thoroughly enjoyable." - Chuck Norris Ate My Baby
"Fascinating overview of killer animal movies." - Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
"If you are a fan of movies where the animal kingdom decides to turn the tables and go after humans, then here's a book just for you." - Kitley's Krypt
"A must have for horror movie buffs. There's something for everyone in these pages." - Fu Only Knew
"Everything from the cover to the list of movies covered in this book is solid." - The Overlook Theater
"The essays are written in different styles and take various approaches that reflect the individual authors. It makes for both informative and entertaining reading and will be a useful reference volume for those seeking something new to watch in this sub-genre -- or for those who value being reminded of a piece of animalistic cinema they'd forgotten. You may even learn something new about your favorite animal-attack epic." - Robert Hood, author of Fragments of a Broken Land and Peripheral Visions
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Some of the movies that are now on my 'must-see' list include Bryan Schuessler's essay on Pig Hunt. He compares the movie to Razorback. It's about a group of young people who go hunting for wild pigs. It has won several awards. Another movie that sounds intriguing is David Royce's essay on the movie Willard. It's about a man who gets pushed around his whole life and then gets his revenge with the help of some rats. J. Luis Rivera's White Dog is a movie about how dogs are trained to attack African Americans. This movie sounds both horrifying and thought-provoking about racism in America.
My Review: I recommend this book to all horror movie lovers. It was a quick, fun read that makes me want to go to the video rental store. The writing was great as were the movies that were highlighted. 5/5 Stars.
Along with each film there is a theatrical poster and a writer's dissertation, which really lets you in the mind of the viewer. Some of these essays may convince you to want to check out a few of the sleeper hits for yourself; whether or not all of them are locatable for home viewing is uncertain. In addition to the offbeat, entertaining angle taken with the writers' personal bios, their social media and blog info enables intrigued readers to discover further reading.
All the horror in these movies is not the formulaic type of horror in which the villainous creatures go for the kill; as you delve deeper you'll find that there is the psychological approach taken as well, such as the case with Alfred Hitchcocks's "Birds" which I know I've caught more than once shown on the local network back in the day. Oh yes, "Ants" is also mentioned too, I have a vague recollection of getting a glimpse of that one as well and don't think I reacted favorably to it back then. (But I digress...)
All in all, there is surprisingly good scary animal lore to be found in this treasure trove...I, like the author, am very fond of animals per se and have been able to see and think about different perspectives such as ecological damage, the way animals are hunted for sport or treated otherwise unfairly by humans, among other issues. It is very much recommended!
The book doesn't claim to be all-inclusive; however, Morgan promises that they all have one thing in common: "they have made the heart of at least one writer beat faster with excitement." The "animals" included are vertebrates, mollusks, arthropods, annelids and jellyfishes. There are no dinosaurs (they're extinct), aliens (they haven't been proven) or mushrooms (neither animals nor plants). "However, the animal could be genetically modified or gigantic."
The book contains nearly 70 articles or essays by more than 70 writers (some team up for their pieces). They are, as Morgan explains, "film historians, horror fiction authors, film critics, authors of movie reference guides, film directors, film festival programmers, actors, screenwriters and bloggers." Some are serious and some are lighthearted. At first glance, a couple of names jumped out at me. Jon Kitley writes about The Giant Claw and Aaron Christensen writes about Food of the Gods.
In the Kindle version that I reviewed, each essay is preceded by a picture of the movie poster or home video cover box. The printed version includes additional artwork. The essays average 1,000-1,500 words. Following each essay is a brief bio of the author(s). The essays are arranged alphabetically and the printed version of the book is 418 pages.
Since this genre is close to my heart, I love this book! It includes an essay on Frogs, a classic about which I wrote in the recent Unsung Horrors book from the UK. I can't imagine anything it's missing. There's no Sssssss, but that's really about a man transformed into a snake, so it probably doesn't belong. It's interesting to note that I wouldn't consider all the movies covered to be traditional horror. It includes such "legitimate" fare as The Ghost and the Darkness and The White Buffalo.
With any compilation, there are bound to be opinions with which you agree and those with which you disagree. You can't share the opinion of everyone. So the achievement here is simply collecting everything together in one place under one compelling theme, as well as offering content spanning the decades that is as diverse as Jaws is from Sharknado. In other words, it's a whole lot of fun!
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