31 Days of Halloween – 013: (Un)Natural Attacks!

October marches on, and so does our countdown to All Hallows Eve. This year, rather than trying to do a full 31 film reviews or something truly time-consuming like that, most of what I’m going to be posting are favorite trailers, short films, some full-length movies, and other items just to kind of help get everyone in the spirit of what really is one of my favorite holidays.

Man versus nature has probably been a staple of storytelling probably since stories have been told, and it is certainly a theme that has run through horror and sci-fi films for a long, long time. Looking back at some of the classic horror films of the fifties, and the addiyion of radioactivity and other scientific advancements brought us gems such as Them!, with its giant ants

and the terror of Tarantula

but the late 70s and early 80s brought their own brand of man versus creature films. Now I’m not talking about the ones like Jaws, which everyone agrees is a masterpiece of film making. No, I’m talking about some of the lesser-known horrors. Movies that pitted people against creatures that might, on the face of it seem like less formidable foes than a great white shark. Movies like Night of the Lepus with its killer bunnies

or spiders from outer space as seen in The Giant Spider Invasion

or if Jaws didn’t do enough to get you out of the water for good, the threat of Piranha will

or, if that’s not terrifying enough for you. how about Rats

or Frogs

or perhaps the most terrifying critters ever to take on mankind: that’s right, we’re talking Slugs!

Terrifying, no? Well then what animals scare you? Let me know either in the comments below, or over on the Durnmoose Movies Facebook page which can be found here.

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2 comments on “31 Days of Halloween – 013: (Un)Natural Attacks!

  1. Beer Movie says:

    Awesome list. I’ve seen Them! but none of the others. Have you seen any? I have a full on phobia of spiders. And as an aussie, a good shark flick will scare the shit out of me, especially in the leadup to summer.

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