Jurassic World may have revitalized the Jurassic Park franchise this past summer, but nothing can compare to the original. Based upon the Michael Crichton book of the same name, Jurassic Park tells a simultaneously awe inspiring and terrifying story about human hubris and nature itself. A new fan made trailer for the original Jurassic Park has hit the web, and it perfectly captures the terrifying tone of the 1993 classic. Check it out below.
Because basically everyone knows the plot of the original Jurassic Park, this modern interpretation relies less on heavy-handed exposition and narration. It starts with hopeful, sweeping music as we are introduced to the world, but as Ian Malcolm starts to express his fears about the future of the park, the mood begins to change to a more sinister, haunting tone. The piano version of John Williams’ Jurassic Park score – which was also used for the Jurassic World trailer – begins to play as the human visitors in the park are stalked and slaughtered by the creatures.
Modern trailers have become short films in their own right. This fan made creation holds up with the best modern trailers produced by Hollywood these days. What makes it work so well is its minimalist quality, and the fact that the dinosaurs that inhabit Jurassic Park are barely shown. By doing this, the creator of the trailer can preserve the film’s secrets while teasing the audience with the briefest glimpses of the pre-historic monsters. It relies less on spectacle and more on the concept of dread and terror to sell the story of the film; by seeing less, we as an audience are able to feel more.
The original trailer for Jurassic Park, while good, does feel somewhat dated these days; it represents the old guard of movie trailers, which utilized the "in a world" style narration. Check out the original trailer below to see for yourself.
Comparing the two trailers side by side, it’s clear to see: the new fan trailer adheres to the tastes of modern audiences much better than the original. If you haven’t checked out the new fan trailer at the top of the article, do yourself a favor and check it out. Through some fancy editing and brilliant music choices, the maker of this trailer has created something that completely honors the spirit of the Jurassic Park universe while crafting something modern and horrifying. It gives us hope for the franchise and reminds us that there are still directions to take future Jurassic films.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.