27 is an infamous age. The "27 Club"; Robert Johnson the blues guitarist rumoured to have sold his soul to the devil, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all popped off this mortal coil before their 28th birthday, but that's not the end of the tragedy.
On this day 27 years ago, we saw maybe the saddest death linked to the number 27?
A lawyer getting eaten on a toilet by a Tyrannosaurus Rex In Jurassic Park. The movie opened on June 9, 1993 at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC in support of two children's charities. Two days later, June 11 it was unleashed nationwide in over 2,400 theaters.
Yep, maybe the most ill-conceived experiment in health and safety ever had its premiere at the Uptown Theater In Washington, D.C. at the start of the Cretaceous Period...em I mean June, 9th 1993.
Based on Michael Crichton's 1990 novel we took our first trip to Isla Nublar; John Hammond's Island off Costa Rica, home to newly de-extinct Dinosaurs.
On a budget of $63 million dollars, Steven Spielberg convinced us all that dinosaurs were real again. Maybe more importantly the special effects used to make dinosaurs walk the earth again also inspired George Lucas to make his Star Wars Prequels and Peter Jackson to re-explore his childhood love of Lord of The Rings and King Kong.
Making house hold names of a young-ish Samuel L Jackson, Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum it also spawned four sequels; The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) with a fifth sequel, Jurassic World: Dominion scheduled for a 2021 release.
It gave us multiple comics books, video games and rather ironically Theme Park rides? People died?
Few movie franchises since Star Wars have moved the needle of pop culture zeitgeist like Jurassic Park , inspiring memes and pastiches to this day. In another 27 years time, unlike our unfortunate members of the "27 Club" at the start of this article Jurassic Park will still be alive and well.
If only Phil Tippett had done his job our lawyer friend at toilet may well have been here to see it with us.
Stevie Robinson is from just outside Belfast in Ireland. He’s an 80’s child so nostalgia for that time period is close to his heart. He loves all things North American. From its food, T.V. shows, its cars, to its weird little cultural differences from his home. Basically American Pickers is pornography to him.