Animal Mutilation: Hidden Themes in Horror Cinema

A list attempting to compile horror films conveying hidden themes of animal rights, subversive undercurrents of human/animal exploitation metaphors, horror films that knowingly or unknowingly connect the dots of animal and human cruelty.

Partly inspired by Gunnar Theodór Eggertsson's Thesis,


Quote "..many horror movies where moral agents attack other agents the attacker puts himself in a higher position than his victim by reducing the victim’s rights to the utility relative to the interests of others (be it their flesh, their bones or purely the sadism or desire of the kill). In other words, the human victims have their status as social human beings reduced to the status of nonhuman animals..."

"It is not a generalizing theory to be forced upon…

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  • Blood of the Beasts
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • Two Thousand Maniacs!
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • Motel Hell
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Guinea Pig: Devil's Experiment
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • House of 1000 Corpses
  • The Ordeal
  • Murder-Set-Pieces
  • Zombie Honeymoon
  • Hostel
  • Wolf Creek
  • Black Sheep
  • The Midnight Meat Train
  • The Loved Ones
  • The Bunny Game
  • We Are What We Are
  • Still Life
  • The Herd
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Raw
  • Strait-Jacket