One of the most loved and entertaining sub-genres of horror or thriller cinema is the one that sees more or less wild and more or less mutated animals in the role of the killer on duty. Here are five titles plus one that we have selected for you and which are available for streaming on the Amazon platform.
One of the most loved and entertaining sub-genres of horror and thriller cinema is the one that sees more or less wild and more or less mutated animals in the role of the killer on duty. Here are five titles (plus a sixth like bonus track) that we have selected for you and which are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, ready to have fun and put your love for our animal friends to the test.
Prey – The preda
Dick Maas is a Dutch director who in the eighties had made himself known as the author of thriller / horror films such as The lift, of 1983, and Amsterdamned, from 1988. What is currently his latest film is called Prey – The preda, directed in 2016 by Maas and written by himself. The story is that of a ferocious lion who sows panic and death in the heart of Amsterdam, and of a daring veterinarian who, with the help of her boyfriend and a hunter in a wheelchair, will try to stop the beast and stop so the following of his victims. Anyone familiar with Maas’s work (even with that Saint who in 2010 imagined the story of a Santa Claus killer of children) will not be surprised that the Dutch often and willingly dissolves the tension in comedy. Prey it had an extraordinary success in China, where it came out with the title Violent Fierce Lion, thus paving the way for many independent genre films that have sought commercial fortunes in Asia.
Benni ten instead it comes from Germany. He too, like Maas, he is also a musician; and how Maas wanted to mix in his 2015 debut film, which is called Stung, horror and comedy, while also adding a good dose of ironic romance. From the title you might have guessed that there are no lions here, but giant mutant wasps. At the center of the story are two caterers with an unconfessed weak mutual, Paul and Julia, who are engaged in the reception organized in the garden of his remote country villa by an elderly lady. The problem is that, thanks to a toxic fertilizer and some growth hormones, large mutant wasps have developed in the area which, moreover, when they sting their victims, make vesponi as big as calves grow inside their bodies. Which, even just to get out of their host, you can imagine what problems they can cause. Before Stung Diez he has worked extensively in the special effects industry, even working with Lars from Trier in Melancholia.
Kaw – Attack of the ravens
Most of you will surely have seen it Birds of Alfred Hitchcock, undisputed masterpiece of the killer beasts genre. And, if you haven’t, immediately run to retrieve it, and then come back here. There are certainly many, but far fewer those who have instead seen Kaw – Attack of the ravens, a film directed in 2005 by an American director named Sheldon Wilson and that to the film of Hitchcock is clearly indebted. Also in this case, the title is revealing, given that the film tells of the struggle for survival of some characters (including one played by Stephen McHattie of Pontypool and of Come to Daddy) who have to contend with ravens who have become crazy killers after eating the meat of cows that have died from mad cow disease. And ravens are known to be animals of extraordinary and unpredictable intelligence.
Speaking of intelligent animals, let’s now turn to apes. In 1986 the Australian director Richard Franklyn, after making horror like Patrick e Psycho II, directs a film in England called Link. Human protagonists were Terence Stamp e Elizabeth Shue, flanked by three chimps; indeed, by two chimpanzees and an orangutan who is not well known why he plays the part of the chimpanzee. Just this last primate, of extraordinary intelligence and called, in fact, Link (reference to the missing link between man and ape), will become a dangerous killer and a threat to a beautiful assistant when he senses that the scientist to whom he belongs, and with whom he lives in an old and isolated Victorian mansion, he intends to suppress it. Panzer, the Latins said.
Felines, insects, birds and primates. But now it’s the turn of the fish. And of the most proverbially voracious fish of all: the piranhas, those that have become legendary thanks to the homonymous B-Movie directed by Joe dante in 1978. Many don’t remember him, but that film – besides inspiring a 1995 television remake (Piranha – Death comes from water) and the film directed by Alexander Aja in 2010, Piranha 3D – had a sequel in 1982, titled Piraña fear, directed no less than from James “Titanic” Cameron, who made his directorial debut with that film for the first time. In addition to the film by Cameron, in which the voracious piranhas are genetically mutated and have wings, come on Amazon Prime Video the sequel to the Aja film is also available, Piranha 3DD, directed by John Gulager.
Bonus track: Zombeavers
And finally we leave you with one bonus track really succulent, which manages to combine animal horror with the zombie movie, and also with the demented comedy. In addition to throwing a completely different light on traditionally harmless and friendly animals such as beavers. Of course Don Chuck, which the older ones among you will surely remember. In Zombeavers, in fact, thanks to the usual pouring of toxic substances into the waters of a lake, some normal beavers turn them into angry beasts hungry for human flesh, thus ruining the holiday of three girls in search of tranquility and fun and their boyfriends who have joined to surprise them. On Prime Video, Zombeavers can be seen for a fee on the Midnight Factory.