Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Lost World: Jurassic Park: The 1996 Teaser Trailer...starring The T-Rex from Hell!

I may have taken these screenshots using Windows Movie Maker, which is may seem innocent enough and not scary at all to me, but to anyone who didn't already think they saw the Jurassic Park movies in the 1990's and 2000's and for many of us who saw these dinosaur movies in the '90's and 2000's, it was the most frightening thing on any other Jurassic Park promotional materials ever made or at least any other movie promotional materials ever made.

In exteme cases, this rarely-seen 1996 teaser trailer for Jurassic Park's oddly dull sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), including that glimpse of a roaring dinosaur (a Tyrannosaurus rex to be exact) making a puddle in the water, could well scare the popcorn out of those who are youngsters 12 years ago, and give their parents a few cold chills as well! People like me even called it, The T-Rex from Hell (hence the title of my blog entry). I myself was one of those youngsters, and I was brave enough to track down this rarely seen but terrifying teaser to the Lost World: Jurassic Park at the MovieList forums. Then I put it on YouTube (exactly 6 months before I got my YouTube completely destroyed by the YouTube authorities as punishment for using Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip clips on YouTube!)

And now, I find this symbol an interesting piece of movie trailer materials and worthy of its place in promoting a motion picture. Shown here is the ever-terrifying 1996 teaser trailer for the 1997 Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

The teaser trailer was accompanied by lightning which shows both the film and the book's tagline, "Something has survived," the T-rex glimpse that scares the living hell out of those '90's kids, and the title, followed by the words, "Memorial Day." It was accompanied by music and sound effects created by Jurassic Park sound designer Gary Rydstrom (who now works at Pixar, which is now part of Disney). It was the sound effects, the roaring T-Rex sound, and the dinosaur noises at the end that has been described as "creepy". In fact, most feel it was Gary Rydstrom's sound design and effects for this teaser for the Lost World: Jurassic Park, along with ILM's roaring CG Tyrannosaurus (who made a puddle in the water) made for that teaser that made it so dreadful.

Maybe it was both the lightning and the Tyrannosaurus Rex that was shown in the 1996 Teaser Trailer for The Lost World: Jurassic Park that seemed scary. Perhaps we felt sorry for that dinosaur roaring at us and nearly trampling us while making that puddle (hence the nightmares that followed.). I've seen that roaring T-Rex from that teaser trailer for The Lost World when it appears as the cover art for a Recorded Books presentation of the original 1995 Michael Crichton Novel, The Lost World at West County Library in Odenton, Maryland.

Whatever the reason we were so terrorized by this, this rarely seen 1996 teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) will go down in theatrical teaser or theatrical trailer or promotional/advertising material history as one of the scariest.

I would say the creative mind or minds that created this rarely seen teaser trailer for Lost World: Jurassic Park did an excellent job, they made this teaser so memorable even after all these years, and it still gives you the chills!

Thank you, good luck, and watch out for the T-Rex in the Lost World: Jurassic Park 1996 teaser trailer at your own risk!

Boy, look how frightened those scared little creeps are in 1996 when they saw that teaser trailer for that 1997 Jurassic Park Sequel!


ryanvand said...

I have been looking for this trailer for years! I was very disappointed when it did not show up on the dvd release in 2000. The "teaser trailer" included on the dvd does not have the T-Rex in it. I will never forget knowing that the movie was coming out soon and then seeing this teaser for the first time in front of Star Wars A New Hope Special Edition. Thanks for the memories! Any chance of getting a copy of this file?

T-Rex said...

Roar! Don't worry, we're not all that scary!