Show Business: Noah's Ark of Horrors

In the old Hollywood, a dog was man's best friend, a cat was something a starlet would snuggle up to, and a rodent was a funny little mouse named Mickey. Now, if it moves and hasn't got a Social Security number, watch out. Whether it be canine, feline, porcine or ursine, according to the moviemakers, it undoubtedly has only one thought flashing through its simple little brain: to kill humans.

The recent vogue in animal horror flicks began last summer with Willard, the tender story of a boy's love for his pet rat, which eventually led the pack that ate him up....