A genetically manipulated and very hungry dinosaur escapes from a bioengineering company and reeks havoc on the local desert town.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jane Tiptree
'Doc' Smith
Ann 'Thrush'
Sheriff Fowler
'Slim' Friar
Jesse Paloma
Ed Williams ...
Dr. Sterling Raven
Andrew Magarian ...
Brent Hinkley ...
Lisa Moncure ...
Susan Mallard
Myron Simon ...
Lt. Colonel Wren (as Jeff Foster)
Miss Kroghe
Michael Elliott ...


A brilliant geneticist, Diane Ladd, plans to expose a lethal virus to every human being on the planet. Her objective: to destroy humankind in favour of her new strain of prehistoric dinosaurs. Two people stand in the way of her diabolical plan, a cynical night watchman and a lovely idealistic environmentalist. The two must overcome their differences long enough to uncover the scientist's scheme and fight her carnivorous creations in a desperate battle against the extinction of the human race. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Driven to extinction. Back for revenge.


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Rated R for monster violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carnosaur - La distruzione  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)


$1,753,979 (USA)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While Diane Ladd appears in this movie, her daughter, Laura Dern appeared in another dinosaur film, Jurassic Park (1993). See more »


The captions at the bottom of the screen, shown occasionally throughout the movie, show "Infected cells per 1 million" followed by a percentage figure. A percentage figure is unitless and not "per" anything. See more »


Sheriff Fowler: I just want some peace and quiet.
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Written & Performed by Regis McNicholas
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Cheap, trashy, somewhat amusing movie from the producer King of "B" Movies:Roger Corman.
8 December 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A brilliant but deranged geneticist Dr. Jane Tiptree (Diane Ladd) finds a way to bring Dinosaurs back to life by using DNA from Chickens Eggs! Which these Dinosaurs gets bigger by eating flesh's and creating panic in a small town somewhere in the desert. Which slowly several different kinds of Dinosaurs starts to breed like Rats. Which Tiptree is planning to destroy the world by unleashing an lethal virus and letting Dinosaur ruled the world once more.

Directed by Adam Simon (Brain Dead) made an watchable but forgotten horror/sci-fi effort by that was made in the wake of Steven Spielberg's Big Budget "Jurassic Park". Which this movie was out a few weeks earlier before Spielberg's take on Dinosaur. Which oddly enough, Ladd's daughter is the lead actress in "JP". For all it's cheapness, the dinosaur sequences are well done (despite some funny unintentionally moments of the F/X sequences). Which it will recalls films of the special effects era from the 1950's. It is quite gory as well, which it's delivers the good often in a schlock way. Simon's film is surprisingly bleak with some moments of playful black comedy but it is not quite fun as we would expect from a Roger Corman production. A cast of familiar B cast tries to keep it lively. The third act of this thriller is extremely unsatisfying and the quite dark looking cinematography of this film could have better filmed. If u want to see Simon's better work, watch "The American Nightmare". Which it's a documentary on the horror movies of the 1970's. "Carnosaur" is more of a curio movie than someone might actually enjoying. I always find it funny on the VHS Cover of this effort, since the late Gene Siskel enjoyed it very much. If u enjoy this, it's followed by two direct-to-video efforts! Based on a novel by the late Harry Adam Knight (Who's real name is John Brosnan). Simon wrote the adaptation of this depressing movie. (** ½/*****).

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