When a dinosaur movie is done well, moviegoers will follow. Considered a horror movie for its graphic scenes involving angry dinosaurs, the special effects were incredible. Proving that man should let nature run its course and leave well-enough alone, Jurassic Park and the sequels that followed were huge money makers at the box office. The first movie earned a spot on the Top 6 top-grossing horror movies.
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
Adjusted Gross: $567,234,400
Unadjusted Gross: $357,067,947
Main Subject: Dinosaurs
Another Steven Spielberg-directed classic that was a top earner is Jurassic Park, which focused on the possibility that scientists were able to bring to life by using DNA the blood of a dinosaur that had been preserved inside insects trapped in amber. The man responsible for funding this new dinosaur project is in the process of showing off his achievements to a select group of people, which include a dinosaur expert, a palaeobotanist, and his two grandchildren.
Along the way, one of the workers at the secluded island where the dinosaurs are held, attempts to escape with stolen embryos. In order to make his plan work, he must disable some of the technology that keeps the dinosaurs in their respective enclosures. With the dinosaurs free to roam, the remaining people on the island must find a way to survive and escape.
Facts About Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park took home three Oscars, for Best Effects (Sound Effects Editing), Best Effects (Visual Effects), and Best Sound.
I’m sure William Hurt is kicking himself right now. He turned down the role of Dr. Grant without ever reading the book or the script.
The special effects for the movie were incredibly lifelike. For the most part, any scene that showed a full dinosaur , a computer was behind its generation. If there were shots of dinosaur body parts , that was the doing of animatronics.
Michael Crichton wrote Jurassic Park. He is the same author who penned ‘Twister,’ Sphere’, ‘Timeline,’ and ‘The 13th Warrior.’
Interestingly, Steven Spielberg wanted the velociraptors to measure about 10 feet tall, which was taller than what they were always known as being. However, during production, paleontologists actually discovered specimens that measured 10 feet tall. They were given the name of Utahraptors.
The man who played Dr. Hammond was Richard Attenborough first acting role after 15 years had passed with him being on the silver screen.
The full size of an animatron of the tyrannosaurus rex weighed between 13,000 and 15,000 pounds. When scenes were shot of the first T-rex attack scene, the latex of the dinosaur puppet was absorbed a great deal of water, making it heavy and hard to control. Throughout the night, technicians tried to blow dry the latex. The problem was eventually solved by suspending a platform above the robotic dinosaur (out of the way of the camera) to make sure water did not compromise filming.