Jurassic Park's Five Best Moments
Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise (though only a spiritual [...]
Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise (though only a spiritual successor to the original), hits theatres next week. The first Jurassic Park film is one of the top grossing movies of all time, filled with iconic scenes and frightening moments. As our anticipation grows for a return to Isle Nublar, here are our five favorite scenes from the prehistoric picture.
Nedry Gets Sprayed in the Face
Despite all the man-eating dinosaurs, Jurassic Park only has one true villain: Wayne Knight's character Dennis Nedry. The park's duplicitous computer programmer, Nedry shuts down Jurassic Park's security system in order to steal dinosaur embryos for a rival company and escape in the chaos. Unfortunately for Nedry, his escape is hindered by a heavy storm, thick mud…and a Dilophosaurus. After encountering the programmer in the woods, the Dilophosaurus follows Nedry back to his car and then blinds him by spraying his face with a tar-like venom.
The Dilophosaurus was my favorite dinosaur from the movie, beating out even the T-Rex and Velociraptors. Unfortunately, there's no evidence that the dinosaur had either the distinctive frills or the venom that made him such an awesome part of the movie.
The T-Rex Escapes
As the electricity shuts down throughout the park, the electric cars containing Tim and Lex, the grandchildren of Jurassic Park owner John Hammond, and lawyer Donald Gennaro comes to a halt right in front of the tyrannosaurus rex pen. As rain starts to fall, Tim and Lex realize that the tyrannosaurus rex is standing right on the other side of the now powerless electric fence. After eating a goat left for the t-rex as a snack, the massive dinosaur breaks out of his pen seeking more prey. He finds it in the form of Gennaro, who hid inside a small outhouse upon seeing the t-rex.
One of the most iconic scenes in the film, who doesn't get chills when Tim first notices ripples in his glass of water? We also learn that tyrannosaurs are the natural predator of lawyers and that toilet stalls aren't effective hiding spots from 40 foot long predators.
While the tyrannosaurus rex was the movie's biggest dinosaur, the movie's second act introduces a more dangerous threat: velociraptors. While trying to restore power to the park, game warden Robert Muldoon discovers that the velociraptors have escaped their heavily secured pen. Muldoon heads into the woods, hoping to distract the dinosaurs while a colleague turns the power back on. Seeing a raptor standing in a clearing, Muldoon compliments the raptor, calling it a "clever girl" before the dinosaur eats him.
"Clever girl" is Jurassic Park's most famous line and I hear people quote the line on a near monthly basis. The next time you want to subtly call someone an emotionless, flesh eating dinosaur, try calling them a clever girl and see if they get the reference!
After surviving the night in a dinosaur infested woods, Tim and Lex return to the visitor center and head to the kitchen for a well-deserved snack. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also infested…with velociraptors. The dinosaurs stalk the children as they try to escape the kitchen, catching them several times. Tim and Lex have the last laugh, though, capturing one of the dinosaurs in a freezer before escaping.
For three minutes, I was convinced that Tim and Lex were dinosaur chow, as there was no way that two kids could ever outsmart the pack hunting velociraptors. This scene gave me and countless others nightmares as a kid. Ugh. Now I don't want to head to my kitchen!
Deus ex Dinosaur
Jurassic Park ends the way all movies should end: with good ol' dinosaur on dinosaur violence. After turning the power back on and using the radio to call for help, the survivors of the park are cornered by two velociraptors in the main hall of the visitor center. However, the tyrannosaurus rex suddenly crashes through the building and kills the two raptors in an epic brawl, allowing the humans to escape and get off the island.
I have no idea why the tyrannosaur saved everyone at the end of the film. Maybe it was out of gratitude for them bringing a lawyer to the island for him to feast on. Maybe it was because he got lost and was trying to ask the humans for directions before the raptors attacked him. No matter what the reason, this rumble in the jungle firmly established the t-rex as the top dog…I mean dinosaur of Jurassic Park.
So what are some of your favorite moments from the original Jurassic Park? Are you looking forward to Jurassic World's release next week? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!0comments