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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »


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


Fallon: The last thing we need is a biotech panic about chickens!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Dinosaur Island (2015) See more »


Written & Performed by Regis McNicholas
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Great movie!!!!!!
6 May 2000 | by (Cranston, RI) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies. I believe it is excellent in almost every way. The only reason everyone on this page hates this movie was because the special effects couldn't compete with Jurrasic Park. They may say they disliked it for other reasons, but in reality, they are just kidding themselves and trying to find flaws that aren't there so they look like they aren't effects-hungry morons who can't enjoy a film unless it has at least 10 minutes worth of CGI. Also, this movie asks its audience to suspend its disbelief, due to the fact the plot isn't very realistic, but as usual, the American people aren't willing to do that and just want to be mindlessly entertained. First off, the plot, while unrealistic, is very creative and inteligent. The style is very creepy and depressing. The fact that this movie is filled with black humor and delights in vulgar nastiness makes this a very strange film indeed, but this is very refreshing due to the fact that it's a dinosaur movie (how many other dinosaur movies do you know about that are like this one?) and the style never detracts from the fun-factor. The acting is excellent and the characters are much more interesting than any that were in Jurrasic Park. Also, the special effects are not bad. While not excellent by any standard, they are still, fun, creepy, and convincing. You never see any zippers, strings, holes, or other such flaws, and the dinosaurs never appear to be "floating" or anything like that. And lastly, (A) despite popular belief, a raptor never laughs at any point. There is one scene where one grunts and breathes hard, and it does sound a bit like laughter, but it was obviously not intended to sound that way, and (B) this is not a Jurrasic Park rip-off. Rip-offs steal ideas and stories. Carnosaur doesn't do this. It was definitely made to cash in on the success of Jurrasic Park, but is a very different movie overall. So in conclusion, I think Carnosaur simply RULES!!!!!!!!!! To all you people badmouthing it, I hope a green and mean raptor visits you tonight...

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