Not all movies about animals end up in tears of empathy, or that warm, cozy feeling.
Sometimes these animals get ruthless, attacking, killing and eating humans – and possibly taking over the planet.
Here are some movies about the less cuddly breeds of animals, who aren’t planning to make friends with us anytime soon.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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Directed by Rupert Wyatt, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a prequel to the “Planet of the Apes” (2001), which was a remake of the 1968 version ― one of the seven films in the series.
The revolution of the apes begins when a scientist at Gen-Sys laboratory, Will Rodman (James Franco), tests a cure for Alzheimer’s disease on chimpanzees, which mutates the chimps, giving them a human level of intelligence.
A female chimpanzee named Bright Eyes (Terry Notary) runs amok because she wants to save her baby, named Caesar. Will raises the baby chimp until he develops into a highly intelligent adult chimpanzee.
While taking care of Caesar at both his house and San Francisco Zoo, Will meets primatologist Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), whom he falls in love with.
Unfortunately, due to an incident, Caesar has to be removed to San Bruno Primate Sanctuary, where apes are treated badly by the staff, eventually leading to a rampage led by Caesar.
He rescues other caged apes in the zoo, and spreads Will’s newly developed serum, which is capable of enhancing the apes’ intelligence to an even higher degree.
The army of apes attacks the city, causes a riot and does battle with the police.
Will the apes escape to the forest? Who dies and who survives?
The movie opens today at BlitzMegaplex.
Piranha 3D (2010)
“Piranha 3D” is a comedy horror flick, and the second remake of the 1978 film of the same name. It’s directed by Frenchman Alexandre Aja.
Set in Arizona, the attack of the piranhas begins when an earthquake hits and splits Lake Arizona’s floor, causing a whirlpool, from which a school of deadly piranhas emerge. They kill a fisherman named Matthew Boyd (Richard Dreyfuss).
Sheriff Julie Forester (Elisabeth Shue) searches for the missing Matthew, finds his mutilated body and contemplates closing the lake.
But it’s spring break, and the thousands of partying college students visiting the lake make it impossible for the sheriff to close it.
After a series of incidents, marine biologist Carl Goodman (Christopher Lloyd) explains that the piranhas are from a prehistoric species, which must have been trapped underground for millions of years, where they’ve grown super-aggressive.
While some people understand the severity of the situation, others ignore the warnings. The fish attack tourists, while brave characters try to stop the vicious piranhas.
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
A comedy horror, “Eight Legged Freaks” tells a story about spiders that are exposed to toxic waste, turning them into gigantic, vicious killing machines that harvest humans.
Directed by Ellory Elkayem, the movie is set in the mining town of Prosperity, Arizona.
Spider farmer Joshua’s (Tom Noonan) collection of arachnids ingests toxic waste, which was spilled after a rabbit accidentally knocked a barrel into a reservoir.
Following the spill, people and pets start to go missing, with killer mutant spiders popping up in different places. A miner is eaten by a giant spider. A women and her dog are taken, but no one believes that mutant spiders are responsible.
Wacky horror ensues.
Directed by Frank Marshall, “Arachnophobia” revolves around a newly discovered Venezuelan spider shipped to a small American town.
When the Venezuelan spider arrives, it mates with a domestic spider, and they begin to harvest a new race of deadly arachnids that start picking off the town residents.
An exterminator (John Goodman) finds out that the killer spiders are descendants of the new Venezuelan species.
Being born as a mixed breed, they are weaker and have a short-life expectancy. However, the spiders have grown as soldiers, consistently eliminating potential threats to their leader, who produces a queen.
She mates to harvest new offspring.
The Birds (1963)
An Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, “The Birds” is based on the 1952 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
The quiet costal town of Bodega Bay, California, suddenly becomes the scene of a series of violent bird attacks. The first attack happens to a young socialite, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), when a seagull swoops down and cuts her head.
Then the birds attack the town in earnest. There are explosions, making the residents of the town feel as if a winged apocalypse is descending on Bodega Bay.
And there’s an assault on a fortified house, before ranks of birds stand in eerie silence as the main characters flee the town.