eCite Digital Repository

Brute Force: Animal Horror Movies


Lennard, D, Brute Force: Animal Horror Movies, State University of New York Press, Albany, New York, pp. 276. ISBN 9781438476612 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2019 State University of New York. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission. No part of this book may be stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, electrostatic, magnetic tape, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior permission in writing of the publisher.

Official URL:


It's always been a wild world, with humans telling stories of killer animals as soon as they could tell stories at all. Movies are an especially popular vehicle for our fascination with fierce creatures. In Brute Force, Dominic Lennard takes a close look at a range of cinematic animal attackers, including killer gorillas, sharks, snakes, bears, wolves, spiders, and even a few dinosaurs. Lennard argues that animal horror is not so much a focused genre as it is an impulse, tapping into age-old fears of becoming prey. At the same time, these films expose conflicts and uncertainties in our current relationship with animals. Movies considered include King Kong, Jaws, The Grey, Them!, Arachnophobia, Jurassic Park, Snakes on a Plane, An American Werewolf in London, and many more. Drawing on insights from film studies, art history, cognitive science, and evolutionary psychology, Brute Force is an engaging critical exploration-and appreciation-of cinema's many bad beasts.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:cinema studies, animal studies
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Cinema studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Lennard, D (Dr Dominic Lennard)
ID Code:149903
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the University College
Deposited On:2022-04-27
Last Modified:2022-07-26

Repository Staff Only: item control page