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The scariest T-Rex moments in the Jurassic Park movies


In an exciting bit of news, director Colin Trevorrow has announced that Jurassic World will feature an appearance from the mother of all dinosaurs: the original T-Rex from the first two Jurassic Park movies.

Apparently, Trevorrow's film ignores the events of the third movie, in which the Rex met a sticky end at the hands (claws) of the even more ferocious Spinosaurus. (Click here to read Colin Trevorrow's interview.)

So to honour the return of the terrifying Tyrannosaur, here are bite-sized highlights of the rampaging, prehistoric reptile. Just keep an eye on the ripples in that nearby glass of water...

The Jeep attack – Jurassic Park (1993)

The Rex's first appearance in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster is one of the most groundbreaking moments in special effects history. The aforementioned build-up with the rippling water builds into an extraordinary display of what was then cutting-edge CGI, as the Rex bursts out of its enclosure and attacks the Jeep containing kids Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello). Thought that their screams sounded too real when the dinosaur presses the glass down on them? That wasn't planned but was instead an accident with the T-Rex animatronic – yes, the terror is real. 

"Must go faster!" – Jurassic Park (1993)

John Williams' spiralling, frenzied score heralds the onset of one of the movie's most breathlessly exciting sequences, as injured Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Ellie Satler (Laura Dern) and Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck) are forced to outrun the Rex in a guest jeep. The beauty is not just in the seamless CGI (even now, it puts most modern blockbusters to shame). It's in the little details: Ellie's bloodcurdling scream of terror, Muldoon's subtly energised smile (he loves the thrill of the chase) and Ian's killer final line: "Think they'll have that on the tour?"

When dinosaurs ruled the Earth – Jurassic Park (1993)

Our heroes, Alan (Sam Neill) and Ellie, along with kids Lex and Tim, are confronted with the hideous velociraptors, who are ready to chow down on a tasty human snack. An unlikely saviour then arrives in the form of the T-Rex, who disposes of the raptors and lets out the thunderously loud bellow to end them all. Interestingly, the Rex wasn't originally intended to appear in this sequence. Steven Spielberg, recognising the majesty of the creature, then reworked the ending and decided to give it a hero's exit.

T-Rex in the tent – The Lost World (1997)

Spielberg's follow-up to his 1993 smash is a much darker and more intense affair, as demonstrated by this chilling sequence in which Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) realises that one of the movie's two T-Rex's is sniffing around in her tent. Yes, in case you've forgotten, we get two Rex's for the price of one in The Lost World, with variously grisly deaths including a hapless hunter stuck to a foot like a piece of gum and a person devoured behind a waterfall. 

San Diego carnage – The Lost World (1997)

In an extended homage to monster movie classic Godzilla, the Rex is brought from Isla Sorna to America where it proceeds to break free from its confinement and cause chaos downtown. Goldblum reprises his role as Ian Malcolm who in this scene must work with Sarah to use the infant T-Rex to lure away the adult. Fun fact: the guy who ends up being chomped whilst trying to escape is screenwriter David Koepp, who's listed in the credits as 'Unlucky b****d.' 

Excited about the return of the Rex? Then click here to book your tickets for Jurassic World. The movie hits on 11th June – take a look at the latest trailer.