Thriller 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!

The Blue Boy (1994)
Cape Fear (1991)
Cheap Thrills (2013)
Eyewitness (1981)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
The Invisible Guardian (2017)
John Wick (2014)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
Manhattan Night (2016)
No Mercy (1986)
The Number 23 (2007)
Roar (1981)








The Blue Boy (1994)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:25:36
     A) Scene Proceeding: The husband and wife are in the car, arguing about a picture they received
     B) Animal Killed: Deer
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - The car hits a deer. The couple drag the deer, alive, off the road. It's a quick moment and not graphic, but the fact that the deer is alive is upsetting


Cape Fear (1991)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:25:36
     A) Scene Proceeding: Sam (Nick Nolte) rushes home after an emergency call from Leigh (Jessica Lange)
     B) Animal Killed: Dog
     C) Brutality Rating: 1 - Leigh describes their dog's death, but we never see it happen. It's upsetting, but at least we're spared having to see it.


Cheap Thrills (2013)
  1) Time Stamp: 1:06:04
     A) Scene Proceeding: Craig (Pat Healy) has just come back to consciousness after cutting off his pinkie, and realizes it's missing
     B) Animal Killed: Dog
     C) Brutality Rating: 3 - The dog has choked on his finger, and we see Colin (David Koechner) pull the finger out of the dog's mouth. If this bothers you, you may want to FF through the next entry in its entirety
  2) Time Stamp: 1:08:40
     A) Scene Proceeding: Colin comes out with a bundt pan (for some reason) and encourages everyone to come to the table to eat
     B) Animal Killed: Dog
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - They eat the dog. It's realistic. If you want to FF through the whole thing, it begins at 1:08:40 and ends at 1:12:21 with a "tie breaker."


Eyewitness (1981)
  1) Time Stamp: 1:15:01
     A) Scene Proceeding: Ralph appears out of the bedroom and attacks Daryll (William Hurt)
     B) Animal Killed: Dog
     C) Brutality Rating: 4 - They aren't playing this time. Ralph keeps attacking, then cries, and dies slowly in Daryll's arms. We see after that he was poisoned. The whole thing is super upsetting and realistic.


Fatal Attraction (1987)
  1) Time Stamp: 1:27:41
     A) Scene Proceeding: Beth walks in the house alone and hears a strange noise coming from the kitchen... we see the pot boiling first
     B) Animal Killed: Rabbit
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - The bunny is bloody and the child is screaming when she finds it missing... A perfect storm of awful


The Invisible Guardian (2017)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:34:20
     A) Scene Proceeding: They have just found another body. The male detective yells "stop" and shoots.
     B) Animal Killed: Coypu
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - The detective shot a coypu, and while we don't see anything, we hear it crying until it is put out of its misery at 0:34:48


John Wick (2014)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:14:38
     A) Scene Proceeding: Iosef (Alfie Allen) and his thugs have broken into John's (Keanu Reeves) house and are beating him up. One says, "Shut that fucking dog up."
     B) Animal Killed: Puppy
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - The thugs kill Daisy, and we hear her whine and see her little body. The worst part is the aftermath when John finds her. However, watching John straight-up destroy everyone responsible makes this one moment worth the trauma.


The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:46:01
     A) Scene Proceeding: Frank is holding the hamster threatening it with his cigarette.
     B) Animal Killed: Hamster
     C) Brutality Rating: 4 - Frank puts out cigarette on hamster then tosses it in fire. You see it all.


Manhattan Night (2016)
  1) Time Stamp: 1:45:08
     A) Scene Proceeding: Caroline (Yvonne Strahovski) is telling her horrible horse story to Porter (Adrian Brody); Sleezebag Stepdad is taking Little Caroline to the horse in her flashback
     B) Animal Killed: Horse
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - File this under "we should have seen it coming." Sleezebag Stepdad shows Caroline her horse, then shoots it twice in the head. We're giving this a 5, but it's probably a 10.


No Mercy (1986)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:19:00
     A) Scene Proceeding: Jilette crawls into a pen of cows to hide from the men shooting at him
     B) Animal Killed: Cows
     C) Brutality Rating: 4 - It looks real, cow cries are awful, and it feels interminable


The Number 23 (2007)
  1) Time Stamp: 0:52:13
     A) Scene Proceeding: Walter (Jim Carrey) chases Ned (dog) into the cemetary
     B) Animal Injured: Dog
     C) Brutality Rating: 2 - He shoots ned with the tranquilizer dart, then Ned falls asleep on the grave. Walter is a dick.


Roar (1981) Animals WERE killed during the making of Roar, so watch at your own risk
  1) Time Stamp: 0:14:51
     A) Scene Proceeding: Hank (Noel Marshall) is trying to break up a fight among the male lions
     B) Animal Injured: Lion
     C) Brutality Rating: 1 - One of the males' mane is covered in blood from the fight. Claims no animals were injured during filming have been proven dubious, so whether or not its real is unknown.
  2) Time Stamp: 0:32:52
     A) Scene Proceeding: Madeline (Tippi Hedren) is getting ready to clean, when she opens a window
     B) Animal Killed: Zebra
     C) Brutality Rating: 4 - The lions are tearing apart and eating a zebra, then start bringing pieces of it inside. There is flesh and zebra blood everywhere. Also, likely real.
  3) Time Stamp: 1:01:23
     A) Scene Proceeding: Two men are riding through the desert on horses (presumably with names)
     B) Animal Killed: Lion
     C) Brutality Rating: 1 - They shoot, and say they shot him, but we don't see anything
  4) Time Stamp: 1:14:47
     A) Scene Proceeding: Hank comes running up a hill
     B) Animal Killed: Lion
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - We see the shot lion from earlier. They SAY it's not real. But, it looks real.
  5) Time Stamp: 1:15:25
     A) Scene Proceeding: The assholes with the guns are back; one raises and takes aim at a lioness
     B) Animal Killed: Lion, Lion, Tiger
     C) Brutality Rating: 5 - He shoots, we see two lions, and a tiger get hit, the lion and the tiger roll down hills. Then we see them covered in blood, still alive. It's traumatizing.