Killing animals in movies, necessary to the storyline or not?

I’ve noticed the past decade more movies are including scenes where animals are being slaughtered by crazed killers. Movies like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo where the adopted cat was left disemboweled on their door step as a warning. But are these scenes necessary to the plot line?

It depends.

Movies like Cujo by Stephan King, I vote killing the dog necessary since it was the only way to keep it from tearing the woman and child apart.

Halloween, I vote it’s a toss-up. If the director used something other than the dog to attempt to keep Michael from entering the house like a realtor or kid, it would’ve been just as effective. However, it also would’ve jumped right into the senseless killing and cut the suspense building up to the first kill.


Halloween movie

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I vote not necessary. The entire scene could’ve been cut and it wouldn’t have taken away from the storyline that the person they were after was a heartless psychopathic killer.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

What’s your opinion I like to know.

About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

4 thoughts on “Killing animals in movies, necessary to the storyline or not?

  1. When it’s important to the plot, I don’t mind, but I think it’s often used as a short cut by lazy writers, like some types of violence against women. Rather than going to the trouble of establishing a character or mood, they can just insert a scene of brutalizing an animal so the audience can easily know that a particular character is bad or that they are supposed to fill horrified at that moment.

    tl;dr version – more often than not, I just find it ham-handed and unnecessary.

    1. I try to keep an open mind being a writer and thriller / horror movie connoisseur, but I find I’ve been turning off movies where they harm animals, mostly since my husband refuses to watch them, but also since those type of movies are generally bad.

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