Jurassic Park is a landmark in cinema history - and still holds up more than 25 years after its initial release. Though often considered among the best book-to-film adaptations of all time, it does feature massive departures from the source material. Steven Spielberg did an amazing job crafting a sci-fi adventure film - with some elements of horror - but when it comes to the Jurassic Park movie vs. book, the book is actually much darker.
Some of the goriest events were seriously toned down for the movie or even removed completely. Other disturbing sequences of human-on-dino action were also cut or watered down for the finished product. The novel offers little in the way of catharsis - and boasts a body count much higher than what we see on screen.
Here are the most notable Jurassic Park book scenes that film audiences have never seen.
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A Little Girl Is Also Chomped By The Small Dinos
Despite their small stature, compys prove to be one of the more dangerous species in Jurassic Park. Not only do they chow down on Hammond, they also harm multiple children, as well. It's explained in the novel that a small pack of compys stows away on a ship and makes it to the mainland, where they end up eating an infant.
Another pack of compys also sets upon a young girl named Christina Bowman on the beach - and this scene is actually included in the beginning of The Lost World film. Bowman survives, but is seriously hurt by the compys' toxic venom.Glad it didn't make the cut?
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John Hammond Gets Eaten By Pint-Sized Dinos
If you've only seen the film, you would not recognize the John Hammond that appears in the book. While Hammond is an eccentric but generally well-meaning grandfather in the film, he is portrayed as an arrogant monster on the page. He's all about money and fame, and cloning dinosaurs is only a means to an end for him.
Hammond gets his just desserts near the end of the novel. After fleeing what he believes to be a juvenile T. rex, he falls and breaks his ankle. He is then set upon by a pack of Procompsognathus, or "compys" - tiny dinosaurs that don't appear in the Jurassic Park film series until the The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The compys rip the tycoon to shreds, leaving him slain by the hands of his own creation.Glad it didn't make the cut?
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In True Crichton Fashion, Wu Meets A Nasty End Just After Taking Pride In His Work
While Dr. Henry Wu is something of a minor character in the film, he plays a significantly larger role in the novel. He makes it clear to Hammond that he believes the dinosaurs should be genetically altered to be more docile, but the old billionaire blows him off. Still, Wu is actually proud of his creations when he learns that they have started to breed on their own, which ultimately leads to his downfall.
Wu meets a grisly end when he is slain by Velociraptors while trying to get Dr. Sattler to safety. A raptor pounces on him from above, pinning him to the ground. Unfortunately, Wu is still alive when the raptor starts to feast on him.Glad it didn't make the cut?
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Crichton Describes The Damage Done By The Raptors With Gross Detail
The Velociraptors in Jurassic Park are portrayed as some of the most dangerous animals on Isla Nublar. They are fast, silent, and incredibly smart - and they absolutely love eating people. Raptors are also much more plentiful in the novel, which features a pack of eight instead of the three seen in the film.Glad it didn't make the cut?