Fantasy Films

Click on the film's title to be taken to a list of any moments of animal violence included within it. This list is by no means comprehensive (yet), and will be updated constantly! If you have a film you'd specifically like to see added, let us know by tweeting @dayoftheanimals, and we will add it to the queue.

NOTE: The price you pay for the forthcoming warnings is the potential for spoilers. We try to avoid them when we can, but it's not always possible. So proceed with caution!

Hocus Pocus (1996)
Legend (1985) *Note: All times based on Director's Cut
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) *Note: Time based on Extended Edition
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) *Note: Times based on Extended Edition
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) *Note: Times based on Extended Edition
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Pete's Dragon (2016)
The Princess Bride (1987)













Hocus Pocus (1996)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:46:51
     A) Scene Proceeding: Sarah Sanderson (Sarah Jessica Parker) is steering the bus as Max (Omri Katz) and Binx climb out of the sewer/crypt
     B) Animal Injured: Cat
     C) Brutality Rating: 3 - It happens off screen, but the cat is OBVIOUSLY run over by the bus. The corpse is shown and Danny cries. The cat re-animates and it looks super fake, but come ON, Disney.


Legend (1985) *Note: All times based on Director's Cut
  1) Time Stamp: 0:21:55
     A) Scene Proceeding: Lily (Mia Sara) has just reached out to touch the unicorn
     B) Animal Injured: Unicorn
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - Blix (Alice Playten) shoots the unicorn with a poison dark and they both run off. The shot isn't realistic.
  2) Time Stamp: 0:26:29
     A) Scene Proceeding: Jack (Tom Cruise) is fighting to get out of the frozen pond as the Goblins descend on the injured unicorn
     B) Animal "Killed": Unicorn
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - We don't actually see it take place, but Blix cuts off the unicorn's horn, sending the entire glenn into darkness. It's a bummer.
  3) Time Stamp: 0:39:32
     A) Scene Proceeding: Jack and the forest people are searching for Lilly
     B) Animal "Killed": Unicorn
     C) Brutality Rating: 4 - They come upon the body of the unicorn and his mate, confused and trying to wake her unicorn hubby. It's incredibly sad.


Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) *Note: Time based on Extended Edition
  1) Time Stamp: 1:23:05
     A) Scene Proceeding: Arwen (Liv Tyler) calls the water to wipe out the wraiths
     B) Animal Killed: Horses
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - They may be undead horses? Unclear. But they get wiped out by the river. Not the worst, but still. Horses.


Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) *Note: Times based on Extended Edition
  1) Time Stamp: 1:30:00
     A) Scene Proceeding: Gollum has just finished arguing with himself in the cave, and approaches Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) with a dead rabbit to eat
     B) Animals Killed: Rabbit
     C) Brutality Rating: 3 - The bunny is already dead when Gollum brings it to them, but then he breaks its back. It's unpleasant.
  2) Time Stamp: 1:50:00
     A) Scene Proceeding: The people of Rohan are leaving Edoras on the way to Helm's Deep and a goblin horde attacks
     B) Animal Killed: Horses, Wargs
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - The wargs are kind of gross, but they're just big puppies, and their dying yelp/grunts are heartbreaking, Gimli lies under a pile of dead ones, dead horses are everywhere


Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) *Note: Times based on Extended Edition
  1) Time Stamp: 2:35:45
     A) Scene Proceeding: Charge of the Rohirrim and general panic among the orc ranks
     B) Animals Killed: Horses
     C) Brutality Rating: 3 - Depending on your love of horses, these scenes are still hard to watch. Horses scream, neigh and generally freak out and it's upsetting. Battle is upsetting.
  2) Time Stamp: 2:40:47
     A) Scene Proceeding: The "Wild Men" charge from the rear, and the Rohirrim turn to fight.
     B) Animal Killed: Horses, Oliphaunts
     C) Brutality Rating: 4 - This is one of the more traumatic battle scenes, because the deaths look realistic, and oliphaunts are weirdly lovable. Their deaths are upsetting.
  3) Time Stamp: 2:51:11
     A) Scene Proceeding: The Battle of Pelennor Fields has just ended, and Eeowyn (Miranda Otto) crawls over next to her dying father
     B) Animal Killed: Horse
     C) Brutality Rating: 3 - To be fair, Theoden's (Bernard Hill) death is a little more traumatuc, but Theoden's dead horse lies next to him for the entirety of the scene


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:53:00
     A) Scene Proceeding: Jake (Asa Butterfield) has just returned to his time from his first visit with Miss Peregrine (Eva Green)
     B) Animal Killed: Sheep
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - A field full of sheep have been killed, but they are off in the distance, and difficult to entirely make out


The NeverEnding Story (1984)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:31:14
     A) Scene Proceeding: Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) is riding the horse into The Swamp of Sadness... a clear sign this will not end well
     B) Animal Killed: Horse
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - This is a four-alarm childhood-destroyer. Just skip ahead to 33:30 and save yourself the lingering trauma and trips to the therapist.


Pete's Dragon (2016)
  1) Time Stamp: 1:07:07
     A) Scene Proceeding: Natalie (Oona Laurence) reaches out to touch Elliott on the nose
     B) Animal Injured: Dragon
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - Child or not, this entire scene will traumatize the shit out of you. Elliott gets shot with a tranquilizer dart, then keeps getting shot, tied down, tries to fly away, but falls to the ground, too drugged to fly. We recommend just fast-forwarding to 1:11:11 and saving yourself the horror.


The Princess Bride (1987)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:47:33
     A) Scene Proceeding: Wesley (Cary Elwes) has just tustled with the ROUS and gotten a bad bite on the chest
     B) Animal Killed: Rodent of Unusual Size
     C) Brutality Rating: 3 - This really depends on your affections for a ginormous, vicious rat creature. But it is set on fire and then stabbed, slowly dying with a whiney noise. Could traumatize the ultra-sensitive.