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Carnosaur 3: Primal Species (1996)

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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Rance Higgins
Dr. Hodges
Rick Dean ...
Anthony Peck ...
Gen. Pete Mercer
B.T. Coolidge
Billy Burnette ...
Morgan Englund ...
Abraham Gordon ...
Police Officer Wilson (as Michael James McDonald)
David Roberson ...
Jonathan Winfrey ...


International terrorists are terrified when their hijacked cargo turns out to be genetically engineered dinosaurs. Now... the army commando team attempting recovery of this secret cargo is about to make the same deadly discovery! Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Terror will never be extinct.


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17 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Primal Species  »

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Adam Simon and Louis Morneau (directors of the first two films respectively) are credited as "Carnosaur Consultants" in this film See more »


In the opening shot, the convoy starts out with a jeep, troop carrier, semi-truck with the dinosaur trailer, and two jeeps at the tail end. Over the following shots, the convoy changes to having one jeep at the end, then two jeeps at the end, then only one jeep again, and finally two jeeps again when the ambush occurs. See more »


Officer: It's like a Friday the 13th Nightmare.
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The American Dinosaur Association monitored all dinosaur action. Scenes depicting violence to dinosaurs were simulated. No dinosaur was harmed or mistreated during the making of this film. See more »


References Bullet in the Head (1990) See more »

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Look out! It's a rubber raptor!
29 October 2000 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Here in England, we've not had the pleasure of seeing Carnosaur 1+2 and the film is just titled "Primal Species". Without the precedent of such un-doubtedly classic prequels, I had no idea what the film would be like (except for some guesswork based on the video cover).

Nothing much needs to be said about the film except that it is one of the worst of the worst of the worst films ever. Not that that's a huge criticism. It's extremely entertaining. To be honest the sight of those men in rubber dinosaur costumes was funnier than many proper comedies. Equally funny is the swat team leader's constant smirk and attempts to sound hard. The main death's were enjoyable too, firstly because the sight of fake monsters chewing on people is funny, and secondly because it meant that another annoying character had been wiped out.

For an alternative night's entertainment, I would recommend this in a double-bill with something like Demolition University. You'll laugh till you ache or simply fall asleep. Either way, you'll be happy.

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