Director: Adam Simon and Darren Moloney
Cast: Diane Ladd, Raphael Sbarge, Jennifer Runyon
Production Company: New Horizon Pictures
Runtime: 83 minutes
It was 1993, and a movie based on a novel about scientifically mutated dinosaurs was ready to be released. Nope. We’re not referring to Jurassic Park (1993), though that would be an easy mistake to make. In fact, we’re talking about the Roger Corman monster classic, Carnosaur (1993).
In the movie, a genetically designed dinosaur, created by a bioengineering corporation, goes on a killing spree in a small desert town. The creature is also responsible for spreading a virus that is infecting human beings, having a particularly gruesome effect on women.
Obviously, this film must have been inspired by Jurassic Park to some degree, and there’s even a moment when a tongue-in-cheek reference is made to a theme park. However, the movie is based on the 1984 novel by Harry Adam Knight, which predates Michael Crichton’s book by six years!
The movie has a great cast as well. Diane Ladd (who is the real life mother of Jurrasic Park‘s Laura Dern) stars in the film as Dr. Jane Tiptree. Jennifer Runyon from Ghostbusters (1984) and Clint Howard of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979), both have notable roles as well.
If you’re a fan of Ed Wood (1994), there are elements of this movie that you will love. The head of the corporation is played by Ned Bellamy, who also portrayed Dr. Tom Mason in the Tim Burton film. Brent Hinkley also appears in a supporting role for both movies.
Throw in some atmospheric lighting effects, and a heavy use of irony throughout the film, and you end up with a fun movie. The gathering and treatment of the infected may even remind you of George A. Romero’s The Crazies (1973).
At the end of the film, the credits scroll down instead of up. This is just one of the ways this movie breaks some of the basic rules of cinema. Main characters, children, and even puppies die at the claws of the beast. Be ready for some unusual surprises…
Carnosaur is not afraid to unleash the gore, providing us with some great practical effects. The dinosaur in this film is one of the most violent puppets you will ever encounter! The movie has an action-packed ending that was very entertaining. Carnosaur is a monstrous good time…
– John Migliore with Nicholas Migliore
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