Devil fish, bloodthirsty sheep and a monkey so evil it glows

For this week's cover story, Andy Downing interviewed Columbus native Travis Irvine, who is currently filming “Killer Raccoons! 2! Dark Christmas in the Dark.” I don't like “killer” anything, and I haven't seen most of these, but here's a list of films featuring murderous animals (with happy alternatives thrown in).

Water Creatures


The film ushered in the “summer blockbuster” trend and its theme became the ultimate reference for teaching the semitone in music theory class (music nerds know).


According to the trailer for the 1978 film, the animals are “devil fish because wherever they go, hell waits below.” (Side note: I had a pet “red devil” fish as a kid, and always wondered if it could beat a piranha in a fight. I guess I'll never know.)

Happy Alternative: “Free Willy”


“Planet of the Apes”

I'm kinda scared of apes, monkeys and the like, so I doubt I'll ever watch this franchise.

“Monkey Shines”

A monkey so evil it glows … or something.

Happy Alternative: “Monkey Trouble”



Probably the reason why my mom didn't let us have a dog.

“Pet Sematary”

Confusing bad spellers since 1989.

Happy Alternative: “Beethoven”

Mythical Creatures


I reluctantly watched the trailer and I'm glad it doesn't show the reptilian monsters so I don't have to re-live the trauma. But, if I remember correctly, Gizmo was very cute and Furby-like.

“An American Werewolf in London”

It's really sad that I only knew about this film because there was a clip of it in the “Making Michael Jackson's Thriller” documentary (John Landis directed the movie and Jackson's video).

Happy Alternative: “Teen Wolf”

Farm Animals

“Black Sheep”

A film about genetically modified, bloodthirsty sheep — not to be confused with the Chris Farley picture, though both movies are horrific.


In this movie, a pig is able to rip off a car door. So cut “Sharknado” some slack.

Happy Alternative:“Charlotte's Web”


“Jurassic Park”

One of the most well-known movies of all time. Admit it, when you walked through the Dinosaur Gallery at COSI, you looked over your shoulder at least once.


I still can't get the scene featuring a regurgitated Jon Voight out of my head.

Happy Alternative: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”


“The Birds II: Land's End”

I was obsessed with this 1994 sequel to the Alfred Hitchcock classic. You'd think I'd be afraid of birds given my sister's cockatiel used to chase me around the house.

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

Someone told me to look up the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog scene. I wish I could get those five minutes back.

Happy Alternative: “Happy Feet”