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Fall Preview: “Shark Night 3D” director David Ellis’ top 10 animal horror movies (with video)

Fall Preview: “Shark Night 3D” director David Ellis’ top 10 animal horror movies (with video) (photo)

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David Ellis has made a name for himself directing some of the most memorable horror films around, including “Snakes on a Plane” and “The Final Destination.” In his new film, “Shark Night 3D” (opening 9/2), Ellis unleashes the monsters of the deep onto an unsuspecting populace. The result is some awesomely bloody death scenes.

But Ellis is also a cinephile, and he was kind enough to pull together his own favorite animal-focused horror films. So without further ado, take it away David…

10. “THE FLY” (1986)
Jeff Goldblum as a giant fly. What more can you ask for in a movie?

The ’90s had so many great animal horror movies and this movie about a South American killer spider that hitches a ride in a coffin to the U.S. is one of them.

Based on a true story of two lions in Africa that killed 130 people over a nine-month period. Michael Douglas, who I worked with on “Fatal Attraction,” starred, and he is awesome.

7. “CUJO” (1983)
Watch out for a cute Saint Bernard that contracts rabies. This movie shocked people because they always saw Saint Bernards as mountain rescue dogs, and I am sure it pissed a lot of Saint Bernard owners off.

6. “LAKE PLACID” (1999)
Directed by my friend Steve Minor, this movie had the perfect blend of comedy and horror, plus the amazing Betty White.

5. “ANACONDA” (1997)
Who doesn’t love Jon Voight and the sexy Jennifer Lopez? Walt Conti, who made the animatronic sharks for “Deep Blue Sea” and “Shark Night 3D,” made the giant snake for “Anaconda.”

4. “KING KONG” (1976)
This is an epic movie featuring a giant ape that pays the price for falling in love with a blond beauty. I think everyone cried at the end also fell in love with Jessica Lange.

3. “JURASSIC PARK” (1993)
Steven Spielberg does it again as the cloned dinosaurs run amok in a theme park. Filmed on the island of Kauai where I have a second home.

2. “THE BIRDS” (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock freaked people out with one of his best films, as birds attacked people in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

1. “JAWS” (1975)
The best one ever. People still have phobias about swimming in the ocean thanks to a director named Steven Spielberg.

David Ellis’ new film “Shark Night 3D” opens September 2, and is featured in our 2011 Fall Movie Preview Guide.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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