Even 20 years later, ‘Jurassic Park’ still scares the crap out of you

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Hold on to your butts — “Jurassic Park” comes to McCarren Park this month.

On Aug. 10, Steven Spielberg’s epic science fiction thriller screens as part of the free SummerScreeen series.

Based on the Michael Crichton novel, the landmark film takes place largely on one day, following a disparate group of ill-fated visitors to a park populated with cloned dinosaurs, created by an eccentric billionaire.

The plot addresses some important questions about the ethics of cloning before the team is quickly running around the island, trying to escape a loose T-Rex and clever velociraptors.

The film is not without its comic moments, too, thanks to memorable performances by Samuel L. Jackson as a chain smoking technician, Newman from “Seinfeld” as a traitorous computer programmer, and Jeff Goldblum in quintessential Jeff Goldbum form as, uh, a mathematician and, uh, chaos theorist.

The other stars, of course, are the groundbreaking special effects, which, nearly 20 years after the film came out, still give you chills.

“Jurassic Park” at McCarren Park ballfields (Bedford Avenue and N. 12th Street in Greenpoint, no phone), Aug. 10, movie starts at dusk. Free. For info, visit

Updated 11:25 am, August 5, 2011
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