I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals by Vanessa Morgan, B.L. Daniels
Published by Moonlight Creek Publishing Pages: 418
The definitive horror movie guide for fans of killer animals and “revenge of nature” films.
When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cinematographic world of animals on the rampage. From well-known predators such as sharks and lions to unusual killing machines like turkeys, elephants, frogs, cats, and rabbits, there is no shortage of the species on display in this book. Leading horror writers and filmmakers present their favorite “animals attack” films through in-depth essays. Some of the films are touching, some are repulsive, and some are just plain silly. Not all of these horror movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they have made the heart of the writer beat faster with excitement.
Here is what I thought
I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but when I seen this one it was just one I couldn’t help but get to review.
When Animals Attack is a collection of 70 essays from horror aficionados and each one took a animal attack horror movie and wrote about why they thought it should be included in the list. I decided while I started reading it that if I could find the movie free on any source, from netflix to youtube then I would watch it and see what I thought.
It has a large range of movies from 1940 up to I think 2015, with the most concentrated bunch in the 70’s especially after 1975 when Jaws came out and everyone tried to jump on the animal attack bandwagon. I will admit there was some that I watched that I really couldn’t see why it made the cut for this book but for the most part it was a lot of fun watching and rewatching some I had seen a long time ago. Some were boring, somewhere pretty good while some where just so fake I laughed. I especially liked the ones from the 40’s and 50’s! It was fun seeing some of the horror movies that scared my dad when he was little. 🙂
Doing all this watching lead to a series I am going to start soon called When Animals Attack: A Summer of Animal Attack movies where I highlight some of the ones I was able to watch from this book and what I thought about them. I might even add some that wasn’t on the list!
While some essays were more enjoyable than others overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any horror lover. Though if you don’t want to be spoiled I suggest watching the movies before reading the essays. Just a heads up! 🙂