86 user 35 critic

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. A security guard and a girl environmentalist try to stop both it and the company's doomsday bioweapon.


(novel) (as Harry Adam Knight), (treatment) | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Carnosaur 2 (1995)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A team of scientists go to a nuclear mining facility to investigate a possible meltdown and instead find a large amount of cloned dinosaurs.

Director: Louis Morneau
Stars: John Savage, Cliff De Young, Don Stroud
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

International terrorists get a surprise when their cargo turns out to contain living dinosaurs. The army commando team now have to think fast, if they want to prevent the extinction of the human species, instead of the reptiles.

Director: Jonathan Winfrey
Stars: Scott Valentine, Janet Gunn, Rick Dean
Godzilla 2000 (1999)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.

Director: Takao Okawara
Stars: Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida
Raptor (Video 2001)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

When a series of unexplained vicious animal attacks strikes his community, Sheriff Jim Tanner and his assistant Barbara trace them back to a Dr. Hyde, a former military researcher whose ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Wynorski, John Blush
Stars: Eric Roberts, Corbin Bernsen, Melissa Brasselle
Bad Moon (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Red
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble
Chopping Mall (1986)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high-tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

Director: Jim Wynorski
Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd
Crocodile (Video 2000)
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A group of friends including Brady Turner, Claire and Duncan McKay go out on a boat trip on a lake in Southern California, but their joyful weekend turns into horror, when a giant killer ... See full summary »

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Mark McLachlan, Caitlin Martin, Chris Solari
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The Candyman arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O'Leary
Ticks (1993)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of troubled teenagers are led by social workers on a California wilderness retreat, not knowing that the woods they are camping in have become infested by mutated, blood-sucking ticks.

Director: Tony Randel
Stars: Rosalind Allen, Ami Dolenz, Seth Green
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori
Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A successful author moves to a new town after suffering a mental breakdown and is tormented by demons and werewolves.

Directors: John Hough, Clive Turner
Stars: Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamilton
Howling VI: The Freaks (Video 1991)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A villainous carnival owner traps a young werewolf to include in his growing menagerie of inhuman exhibits.

Director: Hope Perello
Stars: Brendan Hughes, Michele Matheson, Sean Sullivan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann 'Thrush'
'Slim' Friar
Jesse Paloma
Ed Williams ...
Andrew Magarian ...
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).

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Driven to extinction. Back for revenge.


Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

21 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carnosaur - La distruzione  »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$142,127, 23 May 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The movie bares little resemblance to the original 1984 novel by Harry Adam Knight, the pseudonym for Australian author John Brosnan. The book is set in England and is about a reporter investigating a strange series of brutal deaths which seem to be caused by a wild animal, but is in fact dinosaurs that have been brought back from extinction by an eccentric lord. The book features much carnage caused by many more dinosaurs than the film adaptation, such as a Deinonychus, Megalosaurus, Tarbosaurus, Plesiosaur, Dilophosaurus, Altispinax, Scolosaurus, Tarbosaurus, Deinonychus, Tyrannosaurus, and Brachiosaurus. 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 »


Fallon: The last thing we need is a biotech panic about chickens!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Credits scroll down instead of up See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1993 (1994) See more »


Written & Performed by Regis McNicholas
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Darkest Dinosaur Movie I've Ever Seen
30 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Carnosaur definitely takes the top spot of the dark and unusual dinosaur movies. The almost noir atmosphere of this movie really makes it creepy, at least until the dinosaurs show themselves. Unfortunately, the spooky air of this movie looses its feel when the rubber puppet dinosaurs show up. Sad to say, the Velociraptor dinosaur in this movie is only a step above a Muppet, and the Tyrannosaurus is only slightly better. However, I still enjoyed the movie for the ham and cheese it is. Dianne Ladd really takes her mad scientist role to interesting places in this movie. The excessive gore I could've done without, but it doesn't detract too much from the film overall. A great 'bad' movie that true b-movie fans shouldn't miss.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 86 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page