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Watch a Homemade 1993 Remake of Jurassic Park, Rescued from VHS Obscurity

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In the summer of 1993, two young fans of Jurassic Park named David Chakrin and Michael Raisch began filming their own version, starring the official, movie-licensed action figures and some spare G.I. Joes.

Typical kid stuff, really, but whereas some kids might have gotten bored and headed outside to ride bikes, Chakrin and Raisch stuck with it, spending six months on the project. In the end, they had a final cut and now, more than 20 years later, they’re sharing their mini-movie with the online world in honor of the release of Jurassic World.

A page on Raisch’s website jokes that the film was made with “cutting-edge technology” for the time period – a Zenith camcorder and a fax machine used to send script pages back and forth, pre-Internet – and even boasts director’s commentary with Chakrin, now 33, and Raisch, now 32, reflecting on the creative choices their younger selves made way back when.

“It’s so bad it’s good,” said Chakrin in an interview with NewJersey.com.

Watch: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Share Their Earliest Jurassic Park Memories


It may actually be one of the earliest Jurassic Park videos ever made, and now it stands in good company with the dozens of others inspired by the 1993 classic.