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Giant rabbits, blood-thirsty sheep: 12 films where animals attack

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Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming horror flick Squirrels has already been dubbed the new Sharknado across social media following the recent release of its trailer.

Squirrels poster

Squirrels poster



A new poster has followed today (August 22), featuring a squirrel nibbling on a severed human finger along with the tagline: "Hold onto your nuts".

We know we can't wait to see it, so in anticipation we look back at 12 other films where good animals go bad (or just where very bad ones attack). From bloodthirsty squirrels to giant, mutant rabbits - take a look at your peril below.

The Birds (1963)
Strange seagulls and other creepy winged creatures turn on a beautiful socialite (Tippi Hedren) in a small Northern California town in Alfred Hitchcock's atmospheric thriller, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier.

The Birds

Tippi Hedren is attacked by The Birds



Killer Bees! (2010)
Latin American killer bees descend upon a small rural Washington town, and it's up to Sheriff Lyndon Harris (C Thomas Howell) to overcome his paralysing fear of bees and mobilize the townspeople to safety, even when no-one - bar an expert beekeeper - believes him. Will he be able to change their minds in time? Does anyone even care?

Killer Bees!

A still from Killer Bees! (2010)



Jaws (1975)
A ravenous great white shark won't leave the inhabitants of small island community Amity alone in Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic. Until a policeman (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a dodgy-looking fisherman (Robert Shaw) head out to sea to stop it.

'Jaws'
1975

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Jaws eats a boat



THEM! (1954)
Atomic tests cause the common ant to turn into giant man-eating monsters that threaten to wipe out civilisation in this 1954 horror film directed by Douglas Gordon. A bit like flying ant day, but worse.

THEM!

Them ants!



Black Sheep (2006)
A genetic engineering experiment goes horribly wrong and turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers on a New Zealand farm in this comedy horror from 2006.

Black Sheep (2006)

Black Sheep (2006)



Burning Bright (2010)
A hungry tiger gets inside a house which a young woman (played by Briana Evigan) has boarded herself and her brother up in as they prepare for a hurricane in this silly-sounding 2010 thriller.

Burning Bright

Briana Evigan in Burning Bright



The Swarm (1978)
Killer African bees invade Texas in this monster horror movie from 1978. Starring Michael Caine, it's adapted from the novel from the same name by Arthur Herzog. Can Caine - playing a charismatic scientist - save the day?

The Swarm, 1978

The Swarm



Night of the Lepus (1972)
Giant mutant rabbits terrorize unsuspecting strangers in the Southwest in Night of the Lepus in 1972. Looks terrifying.

Night of the Lepus

Giant rabbits in Night of the Lepus



Cujo (1983)
A once loveable St Bernard called Cujo goes insane after contracting rabies, and goes on a human-eating spree in a small American town. The horror film is based on a novel by Stephen King, and suddenly it all makes sense.

 Cujo (1983)

Cujo (1983)



Snakes on a Plane (2006)
It's Samuel L Jackson to the rescue, playing an FBI agent on a plane filled with deadly and poisonous snakes which have been intentionally released to kill a witness on their way to testify against a mafia boss. To quote the movie: "This s**t is bananas!"

 Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Samuel L Jackson and a snake on a plane



Lake Placid (1999)
A man-eating crocodile is on the loose in this monster comedy horror starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda and Betty White. The former Golden Girl plays the seemingly innocent Delores Bickerman, who's responsible for rearing the killer croc.

Lake Placid, Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson in Lake Placid



Anaconda (1997)
A National Geographic film crew headed by Jennifer Lopez and featuring Ice T get kidnapped and taken hostage by an insane snake hunter (played by Jon Voight). Their mission - to find the world's largest giant anaconda. So good that they made three more...

Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube in Anaconda

Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube in Anaconda

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