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Carnosaur (1993)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 May 1993 (USA)
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

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Dr. Jane Tiptree
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'Doc' Smith
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Ann 'Thrush'
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Sheriff Fowler
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Fallon
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'Slim' Friar
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Jesse Paloma
Ed Williams ...
Dr. Sterling Raven
Andrew Magarian ...
Swanson
Brent Hinkley ...
Peregrine
Lisa Moncure ...
Susan Mallard
Myron Simon ...
Vogel
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Lt. Colonel Wren (as Jeff Foster)
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Miss Kroghe
Michael Elliott ...
Siegel
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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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21 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carnosaur - La distruzione  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,753,979 (USA)
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Trivia

Clint Howard's niece, Bryce Dallas Howard stars in another (more successful) movie about a genetically manipulated dinosaur, namely Jurassic World (2015). See more »

Goofs

Dolly tracks are visible in the foreground when Doc gets trapped in the laser projection. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Fowler: I just want some peace and quiet.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

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STRAIT TO THE BOOGIE
Written & Performed by Regis McNicholas
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An Underrated Gem
8 January 2002 | by (Rawlins, Wyoming) – See all my reviews

I rented Carnosaur because I saw Adam Simon's name on the video box. His cameo in the Player made me curious to see if he really had talent. SURPRISE! He does, and he has it in spades.

He took a cheesy idea (basically, the Mad Scientist makes a monster), and got some true scares out of it. The baby carnosaur is shocking and frightening. I noticed that other reviewers have pounced on the shoddy special effects, but...come on! It's a low budget cheapie made before CGI became affordable...for what they are, they work well. At no time was I taken out of the movie by a poor effect.

It begs comparison to Jurassic Park, of course. And well it should. Jurassic park is, mostly, a better movie. But Carnosaur makes for a good, fun, monster movie. Not ideal for a night out, but a must-see when you're in a B-movie mood. Rent it alongside a Romero film or an Evil Dead flick and enjoy the fun!


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