2015 is right around the corner - and with it, more info on the upcoming fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World. Today, a memo surfaced via JurassicWorld.org from what looks like the marketing team of the upcoming film:
Along with revealing possible early plans for advertisement, along with the film's DVD release date (or at least what it was when this document was written back in April) the reveal also gave fans confirmation on [Jurassic World](movie:32752)'s rating: PG-13.
This really doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the entire franchise has held a PG-13 rating for all previous installments. Still, some fans had expressed hope for an R rating, saying they were expecting more gore and even horror-movie style jump scares. But does the franchise really need the R rating to be scary or bloody?
This is just my personal opinion, but these days, it's not often that we get the scares and terror that Jurassic Park delivered. Usually, based on ratings, you know what you're getting and exactly how scary it should be. But just a decade and some change ago, PG-13 could have meant anything from a perverted joke to ripping somebody's heart straight out of their chest (by the way, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the movie that created the PG-13 rating, is now rated PG).
I think that Jurassic World can really push those boundaries again. The first movie was easily the scariest thing I had seen as a child (beating out my first movie nightmare, Fantasia) and I trust the team behind the franchise to bring on the terror.
A quick search of nerd blogosphere proves that the fear is real. Here's an excerpt from an IMAX viewing that Bailey of Mustard Ampersand attended:
By far, the moment in this movie that most freaked me out was when Laura Dern goes into the other end of the compound to turn the power back on, and after she does so, the raptor leaps out of the power cords at her. I don’t think that I’ve ever moved that rapidly into a seated fetal position in my entire life.
For many, the scariest moment of the original film is a tense scene between Lex, Tim, and a couple of raptors in the kitchen (which would be a great title for a sitcom, really). I love tense moments - they're probably the sole reason that I'll go to every Tarantino film that hits theaters - so this scene stands out in my mind thanks to the brilliant "point of view" style of storytelling we're given. We don't see directly out of the kids' vision, but can hear them holding their breath as the raptors scour the room for them.
There are, of course, satisfying scares (which aren't 'exactly' scary, but still disturbing, in a weird way) such as the death of everybody's least favorite lawyer, and the antagonistic Dennis Nedry. While I wouldn't say these scenes have ever given me nightmares, they're still pretty freaky. Watching a dinosaur viciously swing a human body left to right, or even the eerie pan-out from Dennis' car after the Dilophosaurus eats him. In the books, Dennis' stomach is slashed open and he's eaten from the stomach outwards by the same dinosaur; later, his corpse is picked at by other dinosaurs as well. So for those of us that read the book, this scene might be a little more graphic thanks to imagination.
The dinosaurs themselves, of course, are pretty terrifying. I encourage anyone who's looking for real terror with this upcoming film to think about seeing it in IMAX just for the full these-dinosaurs-are-freaking-huge-and-scary effect. The smaller dinos are fast and smart, while the larger predators could make quick work of any human with a gulp. Basically? Scary as heck.
As someone who loves dinosaurs, I'm excited to see what Jurassic World has to offer with the numerous new finds since the last film. Honestly, fellow humans, we're pretty lucky that these things are extinct, and I have faith that Jurassic World will show us that.