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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
 
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
SnakeSexploitation
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
 
Rattlesnakes
Cobras
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas




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Jurassic Park (1993)
 
Spoiler Alert !

Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
 
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This movie is witty enough to stealthily advertise its own merch as you watch, but otherwise it's as subtle as a T-Rex footstep. Still, the dinosaur effects are top notch, and the plot and the action are so good that Jurassic Park has spawned several sequels, none of which even come close to it. Somewhere in the middle of all the wide-eyed Spielberg faces and the beating you take from the film score, there is a brief gratuitous cameo of a Boa Constrictor. Don't blink or you'll miss it.

After Muldoon the African Great White Hunter and Laura Dern step outside so the movie can demonstrate an argument against sexism in survival situations by showing her run and jump over things, they discover that the raptors are loose. Not the Toronto NBA team, the smart, social, deadly dinosaurs. Muldoon creeps around and sees a raptor rustling the foliage ahead. (Too bad he didn't hear Sam Neil explain that raptors hunt in groups using decoys, like we did. We know what's about to happen.) As he sets up his gun to shoot, another raptor shows up right next to him. He calls her a clever girl. She responds by eating him. Then the camera cuts away to a Boa Constrictor crawling slowy from the left to the right until it is under a raptor's eye. That's a wrap. Send the snake back to its trailer. The snake is used to slowly reveal the hiding raptor that I assume is watching Muldoon get shredded, and it gives us time to hear a little more of the Oscar-winning Sound Design bone-crunching carnage happening in the background without showing us Muldoon's guts flying, which probably would have caused the movie to lose its PG-13 rating. Maybe the snake is also there to make the scene a little scarier to the snake haters in the audience. It's hard to say exactly what they were thinking, but it proves my point that Hollywood can't make a jungle movie without showing a snake.

Watch the scene on YouTube.
 
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