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Natural horror (also known as creature features) is a sub-genre of horror films that features natural forces,[1] typically in the form of animals or plants, that pose a threat to human characters.

Though killer animals in film have existed since the release of The Lost World in 1925,[2] two of the first motion pictures to garner mainstream success with a "nature run amok" premise were The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1963; and Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1975. Following Jaws, numerous horror films of a similar narrative were produced, including Grizzly (1976), Piranha (1978), and Alligator (1980).[3]

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AmphibiansEdit

ArachnidsEdit

BirdsEdit

FishEdit

PiranhasEdit

SharksEdit

InsectsEdit

AntsEdit

BeesEdit

CockroachesEdit

  • Mimic (1997, evolved genetically engineered cockroaches)[12]

MammalsEdit

BatsEdit

BearsEdit

CaninesEdit

FelinesEdit

PrimatesEdit

RatsEdit

WhalesEdit

Other mammalsEdit

MollusksEdit

GastropodsEdit

OctopusesEdit

ReptilesEdit

Alligators and crocodilesEdit

DinosaursEdit

SnakesEdit

PlantsEdit

WormsEdit

MiscellaneousEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ a b c d e f g Gambin, Lee (8 October 2012). Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film. Midnight Marquee Press, Inc. ISBN 978-1936168309.
  11. ^ "Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare (1995)". AllMovie. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Mimic (1997)". AllMovie. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-devil-bat-v13493
  14. ^ "Bats (1999)". AllMovie. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Dogs (1976)". AllMovie. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Razorback (1984)". AllMovie. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  17. ^ Weldon, Michael (1983). "The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film". Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-34345-X. Page 89
  18. ^ Rhodes, Gary; Weaver, Tom (2015). Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster. BearManor Media. ISBN 1593938578.
  19. ^ Crawl: This Summer’s Must-See Naturalistic Creature Feature
  20. ^ "Gojira (1954)". AllMovie. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  21. ^ https://www.allmovie.com/movie/attack-of-the-giant-leeches-v3265