A paper written from a perspective of cultural animalistics, i.e. cultural zoology and genre theory, tackles the opposition between humans and animals in science fiction and horror films. In the first part of the paper, the author outlines a possible methodological link between cultural animalistics and genre theory whereas in the second part he outlines configurations of animal, human and liminal figures appearing in different types of films, particularly in two film phantasy subtypes. In the second part of the paper, apart from determining some necessary characteristics of horror films, such as monstrosity, threat and transgression of some basic biological characteristics of the species, the author also stresses the importance of the zoomorphization of human figures and anthropomorphization of animal figures. As part of the third part of the paper, the author analyses the relationship between zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures as well as plots and narrative structures which are always based on human protagonists. The author specifically emphasizes the narrative and symbolic dependance of liminal figures, bordering between humans and animals, and a heterosexual romantic twist connected to them.