10 Great Movies That Feature Gigantic Animals Killing People


As far as I’m concerned, movies that feature enormous animals eating, dismembering, eviscerating, disembowling or otherwise destroying human beings is a recipe for success.  And I’m talking big, super dangerous animals here, so take your Birds and Bats and Snakes on a Plane and shove ’em.  Not all movies with this formula are mindless — anyone who’s read Moby Dick can tell you that the story runs much deeper than the quest to kill a whale — but even the cruddiest movies where oversized animals treat people like Rosie O’Donnell treats french fries is worth watching.  After the jump, take a look at 10 movies where gigantic animals kill people.  Sometimes it’s for food, and sometimes it’s for revenge, but whatever the reason, it friggin’ rules.

Jaws – Great White Shark


The most infamous – and deservedly so – of all “big animals that kill people” movies is Jaws, a movie so terrifying that it kept hundreds of thousands of people out of the water for fear they’d be ripped to shreds by a great white shark.  From the very start, the great white completely overpowers its victims, dragging them through the water before finally swallowing them.  Quint’s death was perhaps the most gruesome, as sliding into the shark’s enormous mouth made quite a mess, but the most poignant was the death of the boy on the raft.

Cujo – St. Bernard


Cujo, the big, friendly St. Bernard turned into a slobbering vehicle of death after being bitten by a rabid bat.  The end of the film – where Donna and Tad are trapped inside their car while Cujo lurks nearby – is the scariest, as there’s no telling what the big, powerful canine will choose to do next.  Man’s Best Friend, a movie about a giant Mastiff, followed a similar formula, but a rabid St. Bernard is scarier than a genetically engineered Mastiff any day.

Deep Blue Sea – Mako Sharks


Deep Blue Sea featured mako sharks, not great whites, and in real life, mako sharks are large, aggressive, incredibly fast, and responsible for attacks on humans.  The makos in Deep Blue Sea, however, were genetically engineered to be larger than normal size and, as a result, their enlarged brains led to higher intelligence.  Working together and strategizing, the makos are able to kill just about every human in the movie, often in spectacular, gory fashion.  If you’ve seen Deep Blue Sea, then you know that the best death of all – and it isn’t even close – is that of Russell Franklin.

Alligator – Alligator


Alligator is one of my favorite movies of all time and is probably the movie responsible for my obsession with animal-on-human violence.  A baby alligator named Ramon (yes, Ramon) is flushed down the toilet and survives in the sewers by feasting on genetically altered dogs.  This causes Ramon to grow to a ridiculous size and eventually, he emerges from the sewers to eat anyone in his path.  Cops, waitresses, and even children aren’t safe from the wrath of this humongous reptile.

Anaconda – Anaconda


The anaconda is rumored to have eaten people, and the snake in the movie Anaconda turns rumor into fact.  I’m glad Ice Cube made it through the movie alive, but it’s a shame J-Lo survived as well.  I’m guessing the snake would have had a hard time swallowing her ass anyway.  The best part of the movie isn’t actually a killing or an eating, but when the anaconda regurgitates Jon Voight.  Creepy.

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  1. What happened to Godzilla? or Mothra? Or any of the other Japanese movies from the 70s (such as the one with the 3 giant turtles attacking).

    Should have a plant catagory also – such as Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.


  2. Author here.

    I avoided monsters and other fictional animals (like Mothra, Rancor) and instead just focused on real life animals (or mutations thereof).

  3. you forgot one of my favorite gigantic animals killing people movies deep rising i mean a giant octopus that eats everybody on a cruise ship what could be better?

  4. Aside from all the giant Gila Monsters, grasshoppers, Praying Mantises (?) and all the other atomically mutated woodland creatures, what about the only contemporary gaint creature movie, “Eight Legged Freaks”, featuring giant killer spiders. Though it was made just for chuckles in my opinion, those spiders were real nasty mothers.

  5. One of my all time favs – Food of the Gods – Giants Wasps, Giant Maggots and the RATS… LOL went with my nana to the drive in when I was 7 to see this… and my love of horror movies was born….

  6. Great list – I think I’ve seen all of these, and I have a similar fascination for this type of movie!

    A couple worth checking out
    Grizzly – no prizes for guessing what that’s about
    Razorback – Australian movie, really not too bad
    Monster from Green Hell – one of the worst movies ever made, but worth watching!
    Lake Placid – crocodiles

    There’s also Rogue and Komodo – the first was another Aussie movie, I haven’t seen it but it got good reviews. Komodo I have seen and it’s a great B grader.

    Oh! And the Ghost and the Darkness, which I thought was quite a good film (although the “true events” it was based on were somewhat less dramatic).

    Finally I saw a really, really awful (funny) film on cable that involved using one giant snake (a boa or something) to track down another. I really wish I could remember the name.

  7. What about the snakes on Snakes on a Train! Giant snakes killing and even eating people. And even eating a small Girl Or even both the Original and the remake of Crocodile That Crocs again and a again! or Even yet another Crocodile in Lake Placid!

  8. This is great, I laughed at the name of this xD I totally have to watch jurassic park again.

    FYI tho there is no record of an orca killing any one so calling them “killer” whales and being scared of the ones in water parks is a little unrealistic.
    Saying that I wouldn’t suggest sticking your head in the water in front of one to prove that either, just in case xD

  9. @ Katrina

    The “killer” in killer whales comes from the fact that they hunt and kill other whales. That alone scares the hell out of me, regardless of their relationship with humans. All it takes is one killer whale in Sea World, tired of jumping out of the water, to think “this shit ends today!”

  10. The Orcas indeed seem to be incredibly tolerant towards humans – or maybe they just are well aware that we do not generally tolarate man eating top level predators. Caution of course, always is a good advice – we also generally would keep a distance from a stranger with a rifle in his hand and we would behave very friendly and cautiously. In general, however, I am more afraid of humans any time. They are the ones who tend to be totally unpredictable.

  11. killer whales don´t attack human beings.
    there´s only one case involving human, in which a killer whale confused a surfer with a marine lion, and when the whale noticed that, released the human.

    u should learn some stuff before talking dude

  12. GOD I loved this list.
    Only I wish Ben from “Williard” was in here. But I suppose he wasn’t all that “giant” was he? But neither was Cujo for a dog of his breed….ugh arguing with myself XD

    Anyways, glad to see someone shares a love for these awesome movies like I do. 😀

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