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Which Wild Animal is Statistically Most Likely to Attack You? | The Inertia: "Sharks take up with wolves, snakes, mountain lions and bears in that part of our brains reserved for worst-case scenarios. In actuality, we’re more likely to be killed by cows than any of them. "

Pleased to be quoted in this nifty article by Casey Butler on The Inertia. 



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  1. So, Peter Benchley would have had to write "Cows" instead that "Jaws". :-)

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    1. Doesn't have quite the same ring, does it?

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  2. Yes. ;-)
    Who knows if Spielberg would be able to make a good film - as good as his "Jaws" - out of a novel entitled "Cows". :-)

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    1. I'm trying to think of scary movies involving cows. So far the best I can come up with is a stampede scene in "The Cowboys."

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  3. There is a 2005 Irish movie called "Isolation", in which mutant cows attack humans.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolation_(2005_film)
    As far as I know, that's the only horror film involving cows.

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    1. Have you seen it? It sounds pretty bad! (Although maybe it's a hidden gem, like Attack of the Killer Shrews.)

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  4. No, I haven't, because... it sounds pretty bad! ;-)
    I have not even seen "Killer Shrews". It is really as good as you say?

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    1. "Shrews" is very low budget, but the writing is good. I recommend it.

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  5. So, I must see it.
    I love "monster animal-movies" of that period as "Tarantula", "Them!", "The Black Scorpion", "The Deadly Mantis".

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    1. Me, too. I must have watched "Tarantula" 50 times.

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  6. Jack Arnold was a great director. "Tarantula" has a very good writing, good actors and simple but ingenious and effective special fx. I love also "It Came from Outer Space", "Creature from the Black Lagoon", "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and the unjustly underestimated "Monster on the Campus".

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    1. Agreed. "Monster on the Campus" scared the hell out of me when I was 10 or so. It always reminds me of the small-town campus where my grandfather worked.

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  7. If "Tarantula" and "Them!" are probably the best "monster animal-movies" of those years and not only, "Earth vs the Spider" (Bert I. Gordon, 1958) instead is, in my opinion, one of the worst of all times.
    Have you seen it, Gordon?

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    1. I have, and I agree it's terrible. My favorite scene is the one in which rock and roll music brings the seemingly dead giant tarantula back to life!

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  8. I don't remember that scene. I've seen the film only once and it was enough. :-)
    As you know, Bert I. Gordon directed another terrible movie of the same genre: "Empire of the Ants" (1977), whose special fx are as poor as the writing.
    Gordon, do you know this book? http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Horror-Cinema-History-Criticism/dp/113749638X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459472258&sr=1-1&keywords=animal+horror+cinema

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    1. No, I hadn't heard of that book. Is it good? Just glancing through on Amazon, it looks too academic for my tastes.

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  9. I have not read it. I would be curious to do so, but its price discourages me.
    Gordon, can you read spanish? I ask you this because I have an e-book written in that language, which speaks about aquatic monsters movies.
    Are you interested in? I can send you an e-mail whith the book.

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    1. Thank you, Max--unfortunately I can't read Spanish. I appreciate the offer, though.

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