Most Gruesome Deaths In The Jurassic World Series Ranked
When it comes to delivering a scary monster movie that also works as a thrilling, intelligent adventure, no one does it better than Steven Spielberg. Just as Jaws terrified and thrilled audiences in the mid ’70s, so Jurassic Park did the same for a new generation of film fans in the '90s. The movie brought dinosaurs to life via groundbreaking CGI, and made sure that everyone knew how dangerous these beasts were by killing off many of the characters in a variety of inventive and memorable death scenes.
Spielberg’s sequel, 1997's The Lost World, was even darker, and pushed the limits of its PG-13 rating with intense dino attacks. And while Jurassic Park III was a bit tamer on that front, 2015’s Jurassic World features the biggest body count of the lot, with some wild and scary dinosaur mayhem.
The latest movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hits theaters this week, and given the horror background of director J.A. Bayona, fans can expect a new batch of juicy kills. So here's a look back at the most gruesome death scenes in the series so far.
13. Supervisor Nick, Jurassic World
One of Jurassic World's earliest victims, this poor guy gets munched on by the Indominus Rex after it crashes through the gate to its paddock. Nick hides behind a truck, but when the Indominus smashes the vehicle out the way, he sits there, totally exposed. The resigned look he gives Owen just before a giant pair of jaws clamps down on him is both sad and hilarious.
12. Udesky, Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park III is notably lacking in decent dino-death scenes, but there is one memorable moment. As in the first movie, the Velociraptors use their superior intelligence to set a trap, incapacitating pilot Udesky to lure the other characters into a forest clearing. Luckily, they realize the plan in time, and with no further need for Udesky, the Raptors kill him and stroll nonchalantly away.
11. Dieter Stark, The Lost World
This is one of those deaths that's played for gruesome laughs as much as anything, InGen hunter Stark becomes lunch for dozens of Compsognathus. These small, speedy critters bite hard and attack in massed groups, and overcome Stark with sheer numbers. Spielberg takes ghoulish delight in the sight of the "Compies" biting Dieter's face off, and while his ultimate demise is hidden by a log, his screams tell us everything we need to know.
10. Ray Arnold, Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park was one of Samuel L. Jackson's most notable early roles, released the year before Pulp Fiction made him a big star. While we don't actually see the death of his character, chief engineer Ray Arnold, it does provide one of the franchise’s most ghoulish laughs. As Satler backs away from a hungry Raptor, she feels a reassuring hand on her shoulder. Unfortunately, as she discovers when she turns round, it's attached to Arnold's severed arm. The rest of him is presumably in a dinosaur somewhere.
9. Vic Hoskins, Jurassic World
From Men in Black to Netflix's Daredevil, actor Vincent D'Onofrio knows how to deliver a great bad guy performance. He's the human villain of Jurassic World, a security specialist who has a dubious plan to use dinosaurs as military weapons. He nearly makes it to the end of the movie, but checks out when the Raptor called Delta invades the lab. Hoskins attempts to reason with Delta, explaining to the dinosaur that "we're on the same side." Funnily enough, it doesn't work.
8. Peter Ludlow, The Lost World
While many deaths in the Jurassic series are designed to shock, there's still something deeply satisfying about seeing a bad guy get eaten. In The Lost World, John Hammond's evil nephew Peter Ludlow is trapped by the T-Rex and its young son, which Ludlow has used as bait throughout the movie. Daddy Rex knocks Ludrow to the ground, but it's the kid that gets to give Ludrow his well-earned death.
7. Jophery, Jurassic Park
The very first person to die in the entire franchise, this InGen employee only gets a minute or so of screen time, but he does have a shocking death. Just as he did with Jaws, Spielberg doesn't need to show much to make a scene scary--just the sound of the screaming Jophery being pulled into a cage, intercut with close-ups of the Raptor's eyes, is enough to give the franchise an unforgettable start.
6. InGen Hunters, The Lost World
Spielberg's sequel to Jurassic Park might not be quite up to the same standard, but The Lost World does contain a couple of the greatest sequences in the whole series. The Raptor hunt is an amazing scene, in which the mercenaries hired to track the dinosaurs are themselves hunted through the long grass of the island by a pack of Velociraptors. The terrifying genius of this scene is that Spielberg doesn't let us (or the hunters) see the Raptors until the last second, as they move swiftly through the grass toward their helpless prey.
5. Dennis Nedry, Jurassic Park
Crooked programmer Dennis Nedry meets a nasty end in one of the series's most memorable scenes. Dennis (played by Newman himself, Seinfeld's Wayne Knight) is attempting to smuggle dinosaur embryos off the island when he encounters the Dilophosaurus. This small dino doesn't seem to pose much of a threat until it spreads its colourful trill and sprays him with venom. Blinded, Nedry staggers into his jeep, where the dinosaur somehow now sits, ready to attack. It's a scene in which Spielberg shifts the tone from funny to horrifying without missing a beat.
4. Eddie Carr, The Lost World
What's scarier than one T-Rex? Two T-Rexes! One of the nastiest deaths in the series happens in The Lost World, when field equipment expert Eddie Carr becomes dinosaur chow while bravely trying to save the main characters. Eddie rescues Ian Malcolm and Sarah Harding by pulling their trailer from a cliff edge, but in doing so finds himself cornered by a pair of hungry Tyrannosaurs. One pulls him from his jeep, and between them they tear him completely in half.
3. Robert Muldoon, Jurassic Park
The game warden in the original Jurassic Park certainly knows dinosaurs; he's hardly some innocent who has just arrived at the park. Unfortunately, that's not enough to stop him from getting eaten by a Velociraptor. In a key scene that shows just how smart the Raptors are, he's tricked by two of the creatures, one of which sits as bait while the others sneak up on him from the side. "Clever girl," he says, just before he's pounced on.
2. Zara Young, Jurassic World
The death of Claire's assistant Zara in Jurassic World is by far the most controversial in the entire series, with critics and audiences taken aback by just how sadistic it is. While the series usually saves its nastiest deaths for the most villainous characters, Zara's biggest crime seems to be, as original star Sam Neill put it in this hilarious interview, being "on the phone too much." Poor Zara is grabbed by a Pteranodon, and then tossed around in the air between three of the flying menaces. She's then dropped into the water, fished out again, and finally eaten alongside the Pteranodon by the giant Mosasaurus that emerges from the lake. All seemingly while still alive. Brutal.
1. Donald Gennaro, Jurassic Park
Perhaps the most iconic death in the entire series, the departure of sleazy lawyer Gennaro kicked off the tradition of the most unlikable human characters receiving most satisfyingly gruesome deaths. The slimy lawyer is hiding out in a rickety wooden toilet while Ian Malcolm attempts to lure the T-Rex away from the Murphy kids. The T-Rex smashes the walls down, revealing Gennaro on the toilet. Rexxy pauses before snatching him up in his jaws, whipping his body around like a useless rag.
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