The Nature Strikes Back genre is usually characterized by some form of mutated natural element running amok through humanity. This would include mutated animals, plants, and insects. Also commonly referred to as Nature Runs Amok or Eco Horror.
Below is a listing of ten films in this genre from the global cinema community. This list is not all encompassing nor does it endeavor to rank these as the ten best nature strikes back films.
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No Blade of Grass exists in a world where a deadly virus has wiped out all species of grass in London. This leads to famine and chaos all over the UK. John Custance thinks there will be some resources available at his brother's farm in Scotland, and along the way his family encounters scores of people willing to do anything for food.
Director: Cornel Wilde
Writers: Cornel Wilde and Sean Forestal
Stars: Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, John Hamill
Long Weekend features a young suburban couple hoping to have a nice weekend getaway out in the country. They soon figure out that the local nature is in no mood to deal with them, and a quiet weekend getaway turns in to a nightmare vacation.
Director: Colin Eggleston
Writer: Everette De Roche
Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen
Blood Glacier features a group of scientists working to prepare a mountain outpost for inspection when a nearby glacier starts leaking a mysterious red fluid. They discover that whenever the fluid comes in contact with the local wildlife something strange starts to happen. Soon they are busy defending themselves in an attempt to survive the growing horde.
Director: Marvin Kren
Writers: Benjamin Hessler and Marvin Kren
Stars: Gerhard Leibmann, Edita Malovcic, Santos
Black Sheep takes place on a quaint New Zealand farm run by two brothers who are surrounded by sheep. Eventually one brother hopes to increase profits by genetically enhancing the sheep. However, it is not long before they realize they actually created blood thirsty attack sheep. Now they must fight for their lives while waiting for a cure.
Director/Writer: Jonathan King
Stars: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis
Country: New Zealand
Piranha 3D takes place during the Lake Victoria spring break party. However, at the same time a local sheriff finds a chewed up body. The autopsy discovers it is an ancient blood-thirsty piranha that caused the wounds. Fearing for the lives of all the spring-breakers, the local sheriff attempts to clear the beaches to no avail. Now they must try to save as many people as possible during the fishy feeding frenzy.
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer: Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg
Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss
Sharknado envisions what would happen if a freak hurricane struck Los Angeles and happened to suck up scores of sharks along the way. What follows is a story about a group of people who struggle to evade the furiously flying sharks.
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Writer: Thunder Levin
Stars: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard
Them! is a nuclear danger film that features giant mutated ants terrorizing the New Mexico desert. The local sheriff figures out how to destroy the hive, but two queen ants escape. They start a new colony in Los Angeles and now they must race to stop the threat to the West Coast before it grows out of control.
Director: Gordon Douglas
Writers: Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) and Russell S. Hughes (adaptation)
Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
Night of the Lepus is about an Arizona rancher who attempts to curb all the rabbits devastating his crops. He calls in a favor and a zoologist attempts to stop the rampant breeding of the rabbits. However, instead he creates wolf-sized rabbits that are hungry for cows, horses, and man. Eventually the National Guard is called in as a desperate attempt to stop the ravaging rabbits.
Director: William F. Claxton
Writers: Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney
Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun
Prey follows Nathan and his wife as they struggle to save the family pesticide business during a reunion in the remote countryside. Nathan goes on his first hunting trip when his father is trampled by a runaway deer. As soon as the hunting group starts to investigate what spooked the deer they find out they are now the hunted.
Director: Antoine Blossier
Writers: Antoine Blossier and Erich Vogle
Stars: Grégoire Colin, François Levantal, Fred Ulysse
The Ruins tells the fate of a group of American students who are on vacation in Mexico when they decide to visit some remote Mayan ruins. Once there they are besieged by local natives who will not let them leave after touching the ruins. They soon discover there are worse things than the natives to worry about once the plants start to move around.
Director: Carter Smith
Writer: Scott B. Smith
Stars: Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Jonathan Tucker