Being that the list is only a top 5 and that having mythical creatures included would just require more than 2 lists altogether, we decided to keep it to animals that exist or are rumored to exist. As there are tons of creature feature films, we selected the best ones which have unknown stars in it. We figured that these types of movies are the ones most likely to be overlooked, and we want to recommend great movies least likely watched by you. Here are the top 5 indie suspense horror films featuring an animal.
*Note that we left out the already famous Lake Placid and movies like Jaws, Deep Blue Sea etc. just because everybody knows about it already so putting it would be pretty pointless.
A capsized sailboat in the Australian great barrier reef forces the passengers to look for someplace to stay and wait for any possible rescue. The area is inhabited by a very diverse range of aquatic life, unfortunately, this includes man-eating sharks. The group of passengers tries their very best to swim to the safety of a very small unsubmerged portion of the reef. What ensues during the seemingly harmless path to security is disrupted by the nightmarish presence of the very thing they feared. A very well-made and underrated thriller involving sharks.
A couple trying to repair their marital woes try to do something the boyfriend (Alex) wants – camp in the outdoors and really feel nature at it’s most raw element. His girlfriend (Jenn) agrees to it, thinking it might help whatever it is that’s troubling them, by having time alone with each other. All goes really well at first until they realize that forests change and Alex’s recollection of how he used to navigate the area is near useless. This puts them straight into a black bear’s territory. An animal famous to occasionally attack, and at times, include people in their diet. One of the best I’ve seen in budget filmmaking, it didn’t include big-name stars or fancy production to utilize fear like no other. A must watch if you’re into these types of movies.
3. Rogue (2007)
A group of tourists tries to explore some remote, Australian river territory. Little do they know that an extremely large and aggressive crocodile has corralled them into a little earthen island caused by the low tide. As it begins to grow dark, the tide also shifts back and the little mud islet begins to shrink, the crocodile begins to pick them off one-by-one. A great low budget croc movie from Australia which obviously knows a ton about our featured creature.
Another Australian Crocodile feature, Black Water is somewhat of a cousin to Rogue, another croc-feature released in 2007. It’s a “mangrove” version of what happens in the other croc movie. We loved it and while the other movie got people stuck on a mud island, this one gets them up into the mangrove tree branches for safety. It’s easy to confuse both movies really, but we can guarantee that this is just as fun as the other one.
We’ll admit having another crocodile-themed creature feature is kind of lame, and this one does border on the absurd. It tries to have some mythos behind it, which does bring some much-needed suspension-of-disbelief. All in all this is about a mythical creature who apparently is the area’s most prolific serial killer, having killed and eaten over a hundred people in that African region.
Still, the movie was decent enough for us to include it in the list, even if it does feel a bit campy and trite. The movie does have its moments, and for any fan of the genre, it’s something to enjoy on a slow day. It’s not super terrible if that’s what you wanna know, it’s at least worth your time as long as you are aware of what you’re getting into.