‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is full of killer animals, just like these five films


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Evil chimps, gorillas and monkeys return in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” out Friday, and they’re after more than just our bananas. Adding an animal to a movie can up the cute — or the death count.

Raptors
These clever girls from 1993’s “Jurassic Park” were so terrifying they made the T. rex look LESS scary. That takes talent. And talons.

Scar
Not only does the villain from 1994’s “The Lion King” kill his brother, he gaslights poor little Simba into thinking it’s his fault. We can’t officially say he should be turned into a rug, but it would look nice in a wood-paneled den.

Cujo
The titular Saint Bernard in this 1983 film gets bitten by a rabid bat and is such a BAD DOG! BAD DOG! that he tries to kill everyone. And then pees on the rug.

Bruce
The great white that ate a bunch of New Englanders in 1975’s “Jaws” actually doesn’t have a name, but Steven Spielberg named the mechanical shark after his lawyer. He probably meant it as a compliment.

Nine bazillion spiders
In 1990, somebody thought it would be a good idea to make “Arachnophobia,” which to the spider-averse is only SLIGHTLY less scary than … wait, did you feel something on your leg?

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