Book Review: When Animals Attack

When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals
Edited by Vanessa Morgan
Published by Moonlight Creek Publishing, 2016. 415 pages.

when-animals-attackFirst of all, I must state that I am in this book, writing about the ’50s flick The Giant Claw, so some might think this review could be a little jaded. But I can assure you, I am only a very small part of a much larger picture here. What editor Morgan has done is collected a wonderful array of voices here to give praise (some more than others) to a particular killer animal movie that hits home to them. And that single element alone is reason enough to pick up a copy of this book.

While there are a ton of classic films discussed within these pages, I will say that some of them covered here are not great films at all. In fact, some are real turkeys. But that doesn’t mean they are not entertaining, or at least deserve their little day in the spotlight. Or even just the fact that they need to be covered, no matter what. I mean, this is a book about killer animal films, right? Even with the lesser films, the author gives their reasoning on why they enjoy it so much, and that is probably my favorite part about this project. The essays are personal. This isn’t just stating facts upon facts, but why the author loves it and why it means so much to them.

Just about every animal, aquatic, land-based or air-fairing, are covered in here somewhere. If you’re looking for another “Need to see” checklist, then this book will surely give you more than a few for it. You will find the usual subjects like Jaws, Arachnophobia, and Them!, but you also get some titles that are not usually thrown around as often, like Baxter, Locusts, and Prey.

With a price tag under $20, I would definitely add this to your Amazon List and pick it up on your next order. I think you’ll find yourself really enjoying the essays, like you’re having a conversations with another avid fan. I love when that happens.

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