Saturday, June 25, 2016

‘The Shallows’ joins the ranks of the best animal attack movies

The Blake Lively shark attack thriller “The Shallows” opened this weekend to generally positive reviews. It joins the ranks of some of the best-reviewed animal attack movies in cinematic history.
It’s a small subgenre of thrillers to be sure, but one that I enjoy.
In April 2015, I compiled a list of the best-reviewed animal attack movies, based on ratings from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve decided to update that list today.
New to the list are “The Shallows,” “Roar” and “Moby Dick” (1956).
What follows is a list of animal attack movies, ranked by percentage of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. I also included what kind of killer animal is featured.
  1. Rogue (2008), crocodile; 100% positive reviews
  2. Jaws (1975), great white shark; 97%
  3. The Birds (1963), birds; 96%
  4. Grizzly Man (2005), grizzly bear; 93%
  5. Arachnophobia (1990), spiders; 91%
  6. Backcountry (2015), bear, 88%
  7. The Naked Jungle (1954), soldier ants; 86%
  8. Moby Dick (1956), whale, 84%
  9. Black Water (2008), crocodile; 79%
  10. The Grey (2012), wolves; 79%
  11. The Reef (2010), great white shark; 78%
  12. Roar (1981), lions and tigers, 76%
  13. The Shallows (2016), great white shark, 75%
  14. Piranha 3-D (2010), piranhas; 73%
  15. Open Water (2003), sharks; 72%
  16. Piranha (1978), piranhas; 72%
  17. Creepshow (1982), cockroaches; 69%
  18. Snakes on a Plane (2006), snakes; 68%
  19. Alligator (1980), alligator; 67%
  20. Willard (2003), rats; 64%
  21. Frozen (2010), wolves; 62%
  22. The Edge (1997), grizzly bear; 60%
  23. Grizzly (1976), grizzly bear; 60%
  24. Cujo (1983), rabid dog; 59%
  25. Willard (1971), rats; 57%
  26. Ben (1972), rats; 57%
  27. Jaws 2 (1978), great white shark; 55%
  28. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), lions; 50%
Photos: Promotional artwork for “The Shallows.”


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