Often, the terrifying films are not about paranormal beings or indestructible serial killers, but the animals we share the planet with. In these films, we see a man take on the beast, and this can be a wake-up call that we are not the top of the food chain. What is even more alarming is that in these battles, these beasts are in no way evil, but purely looking to survive (much like us). Some of the films listed are frightfully realistic and make one consider man’s position on the planet amongst those we share it with.
From Black Water to Jurassic Park, here are 10 of the most memorable man vs beast movies ever released. Enjoy!
10. Black Water
There are dozens of decent man vs. crocodile films, but at the top of the pile is this 2007 Australian horror by Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich, which is based on the true story of a crocodile attack in Australia’s Northern Territory. It sees a vacationing trio who, along with a hired tour guide, set off on a fishing trip where they fail to catch anything, so the tour guide takes them off course and deeper into the swamps. Here, the boat is capsized by what they realize in an enormous crocodile. They become stranded and hunted by the terrifying beast. As a low budget production, they rely heavily on tension and suspense, which is achieved through excellent acting. Due to the budget, footage of real crocodiles (which they filmed themselves) was used, which is a refreshing take given that CGI or robots are often used in films such as these.