Firstly, this is far from a complete list of 'Natural Horror' films (also known as 'creature features') on Blu-ray - we haven't listed most of the Godzilla, Gamera or Mothra Blu-rays around the world - also absent are the shallow Sharktopus vs. Piranhasaurus Rex bent of modern "nature run amok" CGI-drenched throwaways. However, these prove that the genre is continuing in popularity. Humans don't often have a contemptuous relationship with each other - but with nature as well.... and it's been known to bite back.

 

There are obvious crossovers with our 50s+60s Sci-fi listing and our Apocalypse Film Article (notably the Bacteria, Parasites, Virus section.)  We tried dividing into groups - hopefully identifying the dominant threat, although some films could be listed under multiple categories. We've avoided Zombies, Vampires and tried to steer clear of Aliens (unless they adapt to something 'earthly') as I never found any of them particularly 'natural' although inventive and entertaining. There are human hybrids - the, scientifically, fusing of man with animals.

 

Commonly 'nature running amok' refers to overgrown beasts - not limited to sharks, gorillas, insects etc. There are a lot of creature-features out there and I know our rational for inclusion or exclusion is thin, but we're hoping this exposes some of the genre, on Blu-ray, that you may not have been aware of.

 
Amphibians - the ever popular gill-men, lots of frogs etc.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

(1954)

The Revenge of the Creature (3D) (1955)

Frogs

(1972)

The Monster Squad

(1987)

Hell Come to Frogtown (1988)

Fish + Sharks - Jaws has its own mini-franchise - piranha horrors are popular. There are many cheesy shark-attack flics nowadays.  Special note to The Shallows - I loved it but haven't had the chance to review.

Jaws

(1975)

Jaws 2

(1978)

Piranha

(1978)

Killer Fish  

(1979)

Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

Jaws 3

(1983)

Jaws the Revenge

(1987)

Leviathan (1989)

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Mega Piranha (2010)

Piranha

 (2010)

The Reef (2010)

Sharknado 1,2,3 (2013-2015)

The Shallows (2016)

47 Meters Down 

(2017)

Crustaceans + Mollusks - you know, Crabs, Isopods, Lobsters, Slugs, Snails etc.

Ebirah Horror of the Deep (1966)

The Bay

(2012)

Slugs

(1988)

The Monster That Challenged the World

(1957)

Arachnids (yeah, spiders - usually bigguns - and one 'tick')

Tarantula

(1955)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

World Without End

(1956)

Ticks

(1993)

The Giant Spider Invasion

(1975)

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Arachnophobia (1990)

Birds and Bats - they say bats aren't birds - they're mammals like us... hence the differentiation.

The Devil Bat

(1940)

The Giant Claw

(1957)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

(1958)

Mysterious Island

(1961)

The Birds

(1963)

The Food Of The Gods (1976)

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

(2008)

Ants, Bees and Wasps - GREAT category which, for some reason, includes many appealing 'honeys' such as  Susan Cabot, Suzanna Leigh, Joan Collins, Anitra Ford and Victoria Vetri !

Them!

(1954)

The Wasp Woman

 (1959)

The Deadly Bees

(1966)

Empire of the Ants

(1977)

Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

Phase IV

(1974)

The Bees

(1978)

Cockroaches, Flies, Moths and other Insects - The Blood Beast Terror is considered a 'weremoth'.

The Fly

(1958)

Mothra Films

The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

Phenomena

(1985)

The Fly

(1986)

Mimic

(1997)

Mimic 1,2,3

(1997, 2001, 2003)

Bears, Dogs, Wolves - Bears can get real nasty, ditto for dogs, but wolves don't attack people - except in movies.

 The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

The Night of the Grizzly

(1966)

Dogs

(1976)

Grizzly

(1976)

Wolfen

(1981)

White Dog (1982)

Cujo

(1983)

The Edge (1997)

Frozen

(2010)

The Grey

(2012)

The Revenant

(2015)

Big Cats - Surprising that there are only a few. NOTE: There are two German Blu-rays of The Ghost in the Darkness (Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas) but I know that THIS ONE has only a German DUB. I will investigate the other one HERE. Hopefully, it will get reviewed soon - I love that factually based 'nature horror'!

The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale

(2015)

Prey

(2007)

 

Roar

(1981)

Bigfoot - I LOVE this, often goofy, sub-genre although most of the Bigfoot films are bad - very bad. Actually, I haven't reviewed any of them on Blu-ray, but notable mention the documentary Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008), on DVD only.

Bigfoot

(2012)

Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes

(2012)

Willow Creek (2013)

Lost Woods (2012)

The Bigfoot Project (2017)

The Bigfoot Tapes

(2012)

Exists

(2014)

Boggy Creek (2010)

King Kong - Kong rules and Primates are still running hot. Big, or smart, monkeys ... watch out!

Kong: Skull Island

(2017)

King Kong

(1933)

Son of Kong (1933)

King Kong Escapes

(1967)

King Kong vs. Godzilla

(1962)

King Kong (1976)

King Kong (2005)

Other Primates - left out many of the old Planet of the Apes sequels although nostalgia value is high.

Mighty Joe Young

(1940)

Planet of Apes (1968)

A*P*E

(1976)

The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

Monkey Shines

(1988)

Congo

(1995)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) War of the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Vegetables, Seed Pods, Rocks, Trees, Single cells, Plants... - we are missing the most desirable title, 1963's The Day of the Triffids on Blu-ray. We wait. Howard Hawks' The Thing from Another World had James Arness as the titular character whose cellular structure was closer to vegetation (although it must feed on blood to survive). Reporter Scott even referred to it in the film as a "super carrot". One of the stories of Dr. Terror's House of Horrors was about a huge flesh-eating vine that takes over a house.

The Thing from Another World (1951)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The Monolith Monsters (1957)

From Hell It Came

(1957)

The Blob (1958)

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster

(1959)

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors  

(1965)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers  

(1978)

Little Shop of Horrors

(1986)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes

(1988)

The Happening

(2008)

The Day of the Triffids

(2009)

Prehistoric / Reptiles etc. - the most popular sub-genre - Dinos were big and real although we never shared the same timeframe with them... gators are scary too.  

The Lost World

(1925)

100 Million BC (1940)

Godzilla (1954)

The Beast of Hollow Mountain

(1956)

The Land Unknown

(1957)

The Alligator People

(1959)

The Lost World

(1960)

Gorgo

(1961)

Reptilicus (1961)

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Yongary, Monster from the Deep

(1967)

The Valley of Gwangi

(1969)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

(1970)

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

The People That Time Forgot (1977)

The Great Alligator

(1979)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The Relic (1997)

Lake Placid

(1999)

Lake Placid 2

(2007)

10,000 BC (2008)

100 Million BC (2008)

Squid, Octopi, Whales, Creatures from 'beneath the sea'...

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

It Came from Beneath the Sea

(1955)

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

(1955)

Moby Dick (1956)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

(1961)

War-Gods of the Deep

(1965)

Tentacles

(1977)

The Beast (1996)

Moby Dick (2010)

Worms, Leeches, subterranean creatures... another less-explored earth realm where graboids (from Tremors), and their worm-like neighbors, can surface and conflict with us...

The Mole People

(1956)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

(1959)

At the Earth's Core

(1976)

Squirm

(1976)

Dune

(1984)

Tremors

 (1990)

Tremors, 2,3,4

(1990-2004)

Mongolian Death Worm (2010)

Snakes and Rats

The Reptile

(1966)

Willard

(1971)

Ben

(1972)

Night of the Cobra Woman

(1972)

Sssssss

(1973)

King Cobra

(1981)

Venom

(1981)

Anaconda (1997)

Snakes on a Plane

(2006)

Bacteria, Parasites  and Viruses

Panic in the Streets

(1950)

Shivers

(1975)

Outbreak

(1995)

Cabin Fever (2002)

Carriers

(2009)

Contagion

(2011)

Retreat

(2011)

Cabin Fever

(2016)

Various; 'Groups', Turtles, Buffalo, Human hybrids etc. - as stated in 1978's The Long Weekend: "Their callous disregard for the environment soon becomes apparent when the animals start to seek vengeance!"

Island of Lost Souls

(1932)

Gamera Films (1965-70)

Day of the Animals

(1977)

The Island of Dr. Moreau

(1977)

The White Buffalo

(1977)

Long Weekend (1978)

Wild Beasts (1984)

The Island of Dr. Moreau

(1996)


 


 

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