The Best Killer-Cat Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we look at savage felines big and small but mostly big!)

Culture and horror cinema is filled with references to cats being the demon spawn of the pet world, and until recently I saw no reason to disagree. We brought home two black kittens that had been found in a dumpster, and they’ve thanked us by being adorable, playful, and loving… while still being the demon spawn of the pet world.

Still, though, there aren’t a lot of great movies about killer housecats. Sure they pop up in anthology films like The Uncanny (1977), Cat’s Eye (1985), and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), but they don’t make for a great core threat. A few minutes with Uninvited (1988) or Strays (1991) are more than enough to prove as much. Thankfully there are bigger cats like lions, tigers, and pumas, oh my. Popular, well-known horror movies focused on big cats include The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) and… that’s it really? They show up hungry in movies as diverse as Day of the Animals (1977) and The Jungle Book (2016), but movies focused on killer cats? They’re out there.

Keep reading for a look at six good to great horror movies about ferocious felines thirsty for blood!

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Roar clip

In footage from Jurassic World, we see Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle amongst a pack of velociraptors. But the raptors are just CG creations; while the image is cool, it’s not actually dangerous to create. In the movie Roar, there’s a sequence where a guy rides a motorcycle through a pack of lions and tigers, and it’s the real deal.

Roar is the film which featured producer Noel Marshall (The Exorcist), his wife Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Hedren’s young daughter Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) amongst a giant pack of big cats. Make that untrained big cats. This film was crazy dangerous to make, and arguably just a dumb idea. Watching it leads to a strange feeling — you’re seeing something that by all rights should not exist. We’ve got an exclusive Roar clip that shows off that motorcycle scene, which gives you an idea of just how bizarre this movie gets.

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Roar trailer

“No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast and crew were.” That’s the most eye-catching tagline we’ve seen in years, and it is for the movie Roar, originally released in 1981 and set to return to theaters via Drafthouse Films in April. The Roar trailer will give you a good first look at the movie, and probably make you wonder who was insane enough to make it. Read More »