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You know, we’re starting to think that bringing dinosaurs back from extinction isn’t the safest idea. For this list, we’re taking a look at the most intense, frightening moments from the first two “Jurassic World” movies. If you’re not caught up, keep in mind we’ll be delving into spoiler territory. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Scariest Jurassic World Moments.

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Top 10 Scariest Jurassic World Moments

Top 10 Scariest Jurassic World Moments

You know, we’re starting to think that bringing dinosaurs back from extinction isn’t the safest idea. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Scariest Jurassic World Moments.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the most intense, frightening moments from the first two “Jurassic World” movies. This naturally means we won’t be including scenes from the “Jurassic Park” trilogy that started it all. If you’re not caught up, keep in mind we’ll be delving into spoiler territory.

#10: The Elevator

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)
As the Indoraptor gives Ken Wheatley his just desserts, Gunnar Eversol tries to make a break for it. The wormy auctioneer tries to operate the elevator, but a screaming woman he pushes out of the way catches the dinosaur’s attention. With the beast charging at full force, the elevator doors slam shut just in the nick of time. The survivors seem to be in the clear - until a lucky swing of the Indoraptor’s tail stalls the elevator. Just as Gunnar lets his guard down, he turns around to find out that he’s the one about to go extinct. While the situation is certainly alarming, the audience mainly feels satisfaction as Gunnar gets his comeuppance.

#9: Truck Chase

“Jurassic World” (2015)
Reminiscent of the iconic car chase from “Jurassic Park,” Claire and her nephews “must go faster” when a raptor ambushes their ambulance. As a man is torn to shreds, Claire slaps her high heel on the pedal and creates some distance between them. Another raptor is close behind however, leaping through the glass and snapping its fearsome teeth right in front of Claire’s face. With two raptors hot on their trail, the trio gives them the slip with an oxygen tank, some sharp maneuvering, and a shock prod. Well-staged and fast-paced, this scene hits the gas from the get-go without ever slowing down.

#8: The Raptors Switch Sides

“Jurassic World” (2015)
Although Owen has his reservations, the raptors he’s been training seem to be the only ones that can track down the Indominus rex. Owen riding his motorcycle alongside the Velociraptors is easily one of the most badass images in the entire franchise. He’s unable to lead the raptors for much longer, however, because something is clearly amiss from the second they locate the Indominus. The audience and our heroes are overcome with a sense of impending doom as these dinosaurs communicate with each other, realizing that the Indominus is part raptor and has thus become the new alpha. Watching the raptors turn on the humans is a spine-tingling moment, as matters go from bad to worse.

#7: Helicopter Getaway

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)
In the opening of “Fallen Kingdom,” a couple of mercenaries stumble across the Indominus’ skeleton, although they fail to realize that the Mosasaurus is still kicking before it's too late. The others are having their own problems on land, as the Tyrannosaurus has also managed to survive. A particularly oblivious mercenary doesn’t catch on until Rexy is roaring in front of him. Keeping the audience on edge around every corner, he runs for the ladder hanging from a helicopter. Even after the T-Rex loses a game of tug of war, the celebration is fleeting with the Mosasaurus lurking in the waters below. Featuring several chilling shots draped in moonlit terror, the sequence commences the film on a high note.

#6: The Indominus Rex Escapes

“Jurassic World” (2015)
The Indominus Rex is certainly a clever girl, using its camouflage and heat signature masking ability to make it appear she’s broken out. By the time control pinpoints its location, the escape plan is already in motion. The dinosaur busts through the open gate and devours two park employees along the way. The Indominus isn’t the only one that can blend in with its environment, however, as shown when Owen takes cover under a truck and hides his scent. Owen may get out of this jam alive, but the Indominus is also running wild now. Following the “Jaws” rule, the Indominus is kept cleverly concealed throughout much of the scene, although just seeing a fraction of its body is enough to make our hair rise.

#5: Indoraptor in the Bedroom

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)
Director J. A. Bayona made his feature film debut with 2007’s “The Orphanage” and his horror roots can definitely be found in “Fallen Kingdom.” The second half is essentially a haunted house movie, except ghosts have been substituted with dinosaurs. Although the “Jurassic World” movies are full of gigantic set pieces, some of the scariest moments are the smaller, more intimate ones. Nowhere is that better exemplified than in this scene, as Maisie hides under her covers while the Indoraptor lurks about. The sequence builds to an especially tense moment when the Indoraptor intrudes into the bedroom, slowly extending its menacing claw towards the quivering little girl. Owen thankfully shows up, but it’s Blue who really comes to the rescue as a dino brawl erupts.

#4: Indominus Rex Camouflage

“Jurassic World” (2015)
Creating a genetically-engineered dinosaur may sound like a profitable way to drive up attendance, but Jurassic World made a huge miscalculation when they gave the Indominus camouflage abilities. This scene is like something out of “Predator,” as the Indominus uses the green environment to its advantage and the hunters become the hunted. The special unit was basically doomed from the second they entered the danger zone without any lethal weapons. A they stumble upon a detached tracking device, blood rains from the leaves above and the Indominus emerges as if from nowhere. The soldiers don’t stand a chance. Back at control, a screen full of flatlines confirms that all hell has officially broken loose.

#3: Ultimate Showdown

“Jurassic World” (2015)
Even after getting the raptors back on their side, our heroes realize there’s only one dinosaur that can contend with the Indominus. In a moment that perfectly balances heart-racing thrills and epic nostalgia, Claire breaks out a flare and releases the T-Rex. Thus ensues the ultimate showdown in which the two towering titans duke it out while the humans do their best not to get stepped on. The Indominus may still have the upper claw, but the Tyrannosaurus has Blue in its corner. She’s not the only one that provides backup, as the Mosasaurus bursts out of the lagoon to finish the job. Throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, this monster mash delivers all the thrills and chills one could want from a climax.

#2: The Volcano Erupts

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)
This is another electrifying sequence where the danger levels just keep rising. First, the volcano erupts, marking the beginning of the end for Isla Nublar. Owen rushes from a cloud of smoke followed by a stampede of dinosaurs, each of which looks more threatening than the last. Trees collapse, fireballs plummet from the heavens, and even the Tyrannosaurus briefly drops in. The only means of escape is in a gyrosphere, which rolls away with Claire and Franklin inside. With nowhere to go, the fleeing dinosaurs and the gyrosphere are sent charging over the cliff. The sequence reaches its most chilling moment as water leaks into the gyrosphere, creating a claustrophobic sensation that leaves our hearts sinking. Luckily, literally nothing can stop Owen!

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Brachiosaurus Death Scene
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

Indoraptor Final Fight
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

Blood Transfusion
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

#1: Pterosaur Attack

“Jurassic World” (2015)
While definitely familiar, “Jurassic World” does something its predecessors didn’t: actually opening the park to the public. This significantly ups the ante when pterosaurs flee from captivity, feeding upon countless guests. Claire’s assistant Zara is one of the unfortunate souls that gets snatched up with the flying menaces throwing her around like a rag doll until the Mosasaurus joins the buffet. Zach and Gray nearly meet the same fate as a pterosaur lands within inches of them. Even in the midst of all this carnage, Claire and Owen find the time to share a passionate kiss. With crowds running from a swarm of intimidating beasts, this scene recalls Toho’s classic monster productions, albeit on a bigger budget and grander scale.

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