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

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Ladd ... Dr. Jane Tiptree
Raphael Sbarge ... 'Doc' Smith
Jennifer Runyon ... Ann 'Thrush'
Harrison Page ... Sheriff Fowler
Ned Bellamy ... Fallon
Clint Howard ... 'Slim' Friar
Frank Novak ... Jesse Paloma
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Dr. Sterling Raven
Andrew Magarian Andrew Magarian ... Swanson
Brent Hinkley ... Peregrine
Lisa Moncure Lisa Moncure ... Susan Mallard
Myron Simon Myron Simon ... Vogel
V.J. Foster ... Lt. Colonel Wren (as Jeff Foster)
Martha Hackett ... Miss Kroghe
Michael Elliott Michael Elliott ... Siegel
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Driven to extinction. Back for revenge.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnosaur - La distruzione See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$142,127, 23 May 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,753,979
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Horizons Picture See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the dinosaur is gnawing on the girl's foot, In the green POV a hand is visible at the far right of the screen for a few frames pulling her leg. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jane Tiptree: Oh, a human being is the worst. Human species is a disaster, and they gotta be stopped.
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STRAIT TO THE BOOGIE
Written & Performed by Regis McNicholas
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An Underrated Gem
8 January 2002 | by TimothyPSee 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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