If the Jurassic Park movies have taught us anything, it's that humans and giant reptiles really don't mix. And the upcoming Jurassic Worldpromises the most spectacular action sequences in the series to date, with attacks from marauding hybrids, soaring Pteranadons and much more besides.
So to mark the imminent release of Jurassic World, we've selected our favourite jaw-dropping deaths from the series. Expect rampaging raptors, towering T-Rex's and more besides.
Toilet trouble – Jurassic Park (1993)
Cowardly lawyer Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) has the dubious honour of being the first person in the series to be devoured by the terrifying T-Rex. He meets his end when the Rex, in pursuit of the fleeing Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), crashes through the toilet stall where he is cowering. Is there a more humiliating demise in the franchise?
No frills – Jurassic Park (1993)
Now, this beastie really doesn't play fair. Whilst attempting to flee Jurassic Park with a selection of prehistoric embryos, double-crossing Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) comes across the apparently benevolent Dilophosaurus. However, the creature quickly unveils its true intentions, revealing a frill and deadly spitting poison that it uses to blind Nedry and eat him alive. If your eight year old self had nightmares from the film back in 1993, chances are this scene was one of those responsible.
'Clever girl...' – Jurassic Park (1993)
One of the first film's most terrifying scenes is this one, where game warden and Velociraptor expert Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck) meets a sticky end. John Williams' unnerving score expertly builds tension and during the attack itself, we're not privy to a full view. Instead, in classic Steven Spielberg fashion, glimpses and sound effects fill in our imagination. In Michael Crichton's original book, Muldoon not only survived but also blew up loads of raptors with a rocket launcher. What wouldn't we have given to see that?
T-Rex twosome – The Lost World (1997)
The giant beasts make a human pinata out of hapless Eddie (Richard Schiff) in this scene from Spielberg's sequel. Yes, there's both a mommy and daddy T-Rex in The Lost World, which makes survival all the more difficult. Poor Eddie – all he's trying to do is save his pals Ian Malcolm, Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) and Nick van Owen (Vince Vaughn) from plummeting over the edge of a cliff in the trailer. Still, it proves that Spielberg isn't averse to killing off the nice guy in order to raise tension.
Compy attack – The Lost World (1997)
This has got to be one of the most painful deaths in the series. Separated from his team, hunter Dieter Stark (Peter Stormare) is set upon by a pack of tiny Compys, who proceed to take little bits off him before finally finishing him off. Yikes. At least with a T-Rex, it'd be pretty instantaneous. Although the clip isn't online, here's a behind the scenes video exploring the making of Stan Winston's remarkable animatronics. Just imagine a host of these little guys swarming all over you for real. Actually, let's not.
Dinosaur in San Diego – The Lost World (1997)
It's just an average evening in the city, you're taking a stroll down the street – and your day happens to be ruined by a marauding T-Rex. Talk about unlucky. When the enormous reptile is shipped across to America for the misguided purposes of featuring in a planned dinosaur theme park, the beast inevitably escapes, heads downtown and devours this poor guy. Just think, if the doors had opened inwards, he might have made it... The character is actually played by the film's screenwriter David Koepp, who's credited, brilliantly, as 'Unlucky B*****d.'