The bizarre inspiration behind ‘Jurassic World’s’ terrifying dinosaur

Actors come and go, but the “Jurassic” franchise roars on, thanks to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 original “Jurassic Park,” which made dinosaurs the true stars of the show.

The tradition continues with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the fifth flick in the series. Out Friday, it features 20 species of dinosaurs, including the velociraptor from 2015’s “Jurassic World” and a few new creatures, a vicious baryonyx and an adorable stygimoloch among them.

Neal Scanlan’s creature effects team gave human stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard tangible scene partners — in the form of puppets and animatronics — to film with. Working with Scanlan’s team, David Vickery, a visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, led more than 600 people in crafting the digital imagery.

Some dinosaurs seen in the completed film are totally animatronic, with others entirely digital or a mix of both.

“There are certain pieces in the movie where I’m not sure even now which shots are … digital,” Vickery tells The Post. “And I spent a lot of time working on it!”

One of their most terrifying creations is the indoraptor, a genetically engineered horror that spent most of its life confined to a cell and experimented upon. Once it breaks free, it’s every human’s nightmare.

“We really wanted to have this kind of rejected creature that you can feel sorry for,” “Fallen Kingdom” director J.A. Bayona tells The Post. “But at the same time, you can feel terrified.”

Here, he and Vickery break down the making of their mentally unhinged dinosaur.


A photo Bayona found of a shell-shocked soldier in the trenches of World War I was the team’s inspiration. “The soldier had these incredibly haunted, almost mad eyes,” Vickery says. “I think J.A. wanted [audiences] to understand the emotion in this monster by looking in [its] eyes.”


Bayona planned the dinosaur’s mouth specifically with the goal of scaring children. “I felt that for a kid, what makes a dinosaur scarier are the eyes and the teeth,” says Bayona. “[So] when you see the indoraptor in the darkness, you can only see the brightness of the eyes and the teeth.”


The indoraptor’s yellow stripes are similar to those found on Blue, the velociraptor of 2015’s “Jurassic World,” with which this creature shares DNA. “We also liked the idea that since he’s a predator and he’s dangerous, he would actually have some sort of marking like a wasp or bee,” Vickery says.


Snakeskin was the inspiration here, and Bayona wanted it to be black — the better, Vickery says, for it to camouflage itself in dark spaces.


The indoraptor is the Jurassic franchise’s first bloodthirsty carnivore to run on all fours. “I thought that would bring a really interesting twist to the way that it could move,” says Vickery. “It could get down low and slink like a cat.”


“One of the things that [executive producer Spielberg] loved from the design was that the arms are so long,” says Bayona. “They almost feel human. It’s very disturbing.”


Because the indoraptor suffered extensive poking and prodding in captivity, Bayona gave it a nervous twitch in one of its claws, inspired by a video he watched of mentally ill patients. This results in an ominous “tap-tap” on the floor as the dino approaches.

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