When Steven Spielberg unleashed the terror of Peter Benchley’s novel upon innocent movie goers in the summer of 1975, it opened up a whole sub genre in horror of animals on the attack. While there had already been a few films released prior to Jaws featuring attacking animals aka The Birds or how about Willard and his rats, this one set the bar for everything to come in the past 40 plus years. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Great White Shark had a more profound effect on the paying public than rampaging jack rabbits did in Night of the Lepus, a title that has to be seen to be believed. More so considering the casting director managed to land the likes of Rory Calhoun, Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh and DeForest Kelley to join in the fight against the marauding, oh so cuddly bunnies. And before we knock this furry tale, let’s remember it beat Jaws to the theater by three years.

“Attention! Attention! Ladies and gentlemen, attention! There is a herd of killer rabbits headed this way and we desperately need your help! “

Kitty cats had Peter Cushing terrified and relaying a series of tales to Ray Milland in this Canadian Production from Milton Subotsky.

Dino De Laurentiis brings us a couple of titles. One with Richard Harris ….

“You want revenge? Well, you’ll have it! I’ll come out and fight you! You revengeful sonofabitch! “

and the other a box office dud that deserved better for it’s iconic star.

What’s the best form of flattery? How about an oh so obvious right rip off.

Did the success of JAWS get Bert I. Gordon the go ahead for his latest idea?

How about a bit of everything when Leslie Nielsen decides to go mano a bearo when the Day of The Animals is upon us.

Man’s Best Friend could fill this latest idea for me to feature some classic poster images. Here’s a special section dedicated to our furry friends.

 

 

and of course…. always a popular film with my Samson.

 

Did JAWS create the Killer Bee sub genre? I could be convinced.

 

Easily one of the better JAWS rip offs and highly recommended would be this Robert Forster thriller.

I could go on and on here if I began to feature countless foreign films and straight to video flicks but do I have a favorite JAWS influenced flick?

You bet. It’s pretty much a by the numbers remake moving the action to the forests with Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel and Andrew Prine taking over for the trio aboard the Orca.

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