Carnosaur 3: Primal Species (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  17 January 1997 (USA)
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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 »


The AK-47s and M16s in the movie are clearly semi-automatic (the bolts are ejecting only one round at a time whenever they're fired), yet the sound of fully-automatic gunfire is heard whenever they're fired. 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 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Were they serious??!!??
10 December 2005 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most hilariously bad movies I have ever had the privilege to see.

I watched this on DVD with a bunch of friends one Friday night and we just couldn't stop laughing from start to finish.

The story is simple enough: terrorists hijack a convoy they think is carrying weapons grade uranium, but it's actually carrying a bunch of man-eating dinosaurs. Easy mistake to make. Cue a startlingly incompetent team of Army Special Forces to tackle the prehistoric beasts. They are led by Colonel Rance, played by Scott Valentine; a man who seems to have perfected 'Smell the fart' acting, as advocated by Joey in Friends.

There's plenty of gore and an awful lot of shooting, but unfortunately Rance's team seem to have a problem aiming their weapons in the general direction of a horde of giant, lumbering monsters. Also, the lights always seem to flicker and go out whenever a Velociraptor attacks (preumably so we can't see how bad the creature effects are).

Having said all that, we all had a great deal of fun betting on who was going to get their head bitten off next.

As a Jusassic Park / Aliens style action adventure this movie stinks worse than a dinosaur's crotch, but as ludicrous, tongue-in-cheek entertainment it's a roaring success.

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