Hey all! So, I was reading through a leaked transcript of a conversation between George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan about the development of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Indiana Jones mythos as a whole. In the process, I came across some quotes that y'all might find interesting, regarding the first scene in the Peruvian temple:
And later...LUCAS: We had it first where he sees the light and he tosses a thing in it, a stick, and these giant spikes come out and go...
SPIELBERG: When the spikes come out and go like that, there should be remains, skeletal remains skewered on some of them, of victims that have been there before. It's kind of like one of those rides at DisneyLand.
And then...SPIELBERG: The place should be like a real horror ride, like a DisneyLand ride. Once you're committed to going into that cave, there's seismic rumblings all the time, and stalagmites and things going drip, drip. It's going to really be a sound experience going through that cave.
(The capitalized L in "Disneyland" is from the transcript...don't blame me!)SPIELBERG: What we're just doing here, really, is designing a ride at DisneyLand.
I found these comments very interesting - even as they were developing the first scene for the first movie, before they'd even started on a script or anything, they already acknowledged that this sort of environment would fit in a Disney park. Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that the overall atmosphere of the actual Indy attraction is inspired so much by that very scene.
Anyway, just felt like sharing. I'd strongly recommend reading that transcript to anyone interested in how these filmmakers came up with such an excellent film that eventually led to such an excellent attraction.