Thursday, October 31, 2013

Horror in Jurassic Park

It's finally Halloween so I figured it would be cool to write a bit about the horror aspects of Jurassic Park and how the experience left a mark with me personally.

When I was younger my Mother never really had any problem with me watching horrific or violent movies, some call this bad parenting, others (like myself) call it awesome parenting. Obviously I wasn't desensitised to what I was watching by any means, whether it was seeing Alien at the age of 4, Candyman at the age of 8, or The Thing at the age of 10, I was terrified yet inspired and curious about these horrible movies and the situations these characters faced. Jurassic Park fuelled this obsession too, in a big way.

The thing is, when you're a kid superman doesn't hold a candle to your parents, uncles and aunts, grandparents etc, and this was true for me as well, yet when I was younger I never really liked movies where children were the protagonists. (Home Alone, The Goonies, and Problem child 3 being exceptions.) I was far more interested in more horrible movies because I felt more involved with what I was watching. This was because movies with 15+ ratings had adult protagonists and for me it was far more interesting to see adults in trouble. My parents were never in danger so I was curious to see how my fictional adult heroes, Grant & Ellie for example, could overcome the threats they faced.

"But what about Lex & Tim? Kelly? Or Eric?" I hear you cry. Well for me they were along for the ride but the three JP movies all have adults carrying the weight on their shoulders. They're the ones who are also vulnerable to the dinosaurs of Nublar or Sorna just as much as the kids. When I was young I was scared for their lives and being so young and naive I never knew who was going to bite the dust next. I never thought Eddie Carr was going to be ripped in two! And I wasn't educated enough to guess that blood sucking lawyer was going to get it, they were adults!

So like horror movies that is why Jurassic Park really nailed it for me, adults never got scared but in these movies they were, plus it had dinosaurs! This exploded exponentially when I saw Alien but that is another story I'll save for another time, blog, podcast maybe.

It's also interesting to note John William's score from the original movie. It has some terrifying moments that sound like they belong in a hard hitting horror not a family film! Like this... The other scores have their moments too without a doubt, but the original has some of the crucial moments inspired by horror. This is a huge part of why I love this franchise.

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Life finds a way

- Jack x

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Exciting news: Apps & commentaries!


Well the wonderful people over at have created the ultimate Jurassic Park app for the iOS, apptly named "Jurappic" and it features our podcast! Plus other news updates from us and information on all four JP movies! Download the app via the AppStore or find it through their twitter account @JurappicPark and get all the exciting news and podcasts straight to your phone!

I hope you enjoyed the October podcast with Vanessa Chester it was amazing, oh and guess what?...Novembers podcast is on the horizon!

Life finds a way

- Jack x

P.s I know it's off topic but for those who are interested I released a Godzilla fan film a few days ago "Godzilla Returns" it features both myself and BamSam which you can check out below...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Episode 4 is now available!!!

Episode 4 of Jurassic Cast Podcast is now available to download for
Itunes, Stitcher and on our side menu ------->
This month we speak to the wonderful Vanessa Chester who played Kelly in The Lost World!