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The fact that this came out the same year as Jurassic Park makes me sad.
A few weeks before Jurassic Park brought us wonder, awe, and intensity, we had Carnosaur. An annoying, ugly-looking trash-heap that to this day shocks me as to how it was released in theaters.
Written and directed by Adam Simon and partly produced by legendary b-movie producer, Roger Corman, "Carnosaur" was actually released prior to the blockbuster smash "Jurassic Park." While it beat "JP" out of the gate, this schlocky flick wasn't really aiming for the big time.
"Carnosaur" is about a secret organization that is attempting to breed dinosaurs by combining the DNA of chickens, vultures, iguanas, and other such reptiles. When a Deinonychus--which is really a janky-looking puppet-- is birthed as a result of the experiment, it goes on a rampage and kills the scientists and ordinary people living in the desert.
The film follows Doc Smith (Raphael Sbarge), a drunkard security guard and Ann or "Thrush" (Jennifer Runyon), an environmental activist. Both of them uncover the strange plot of the Eunice Corporation who is trying to bring back dinosaurs, a project spearheaded by Dr. Jane Tiptree (Diane Ladd).
Memorable scenes from "Carnosaur" include:
Clint Howard (Ron Howard's brother) getting his head ripped off by the Deinonychus as it swings down from the rafters.
A group of unsuspecting young adults being disemboweled by the Deinonychus while frolicking in their Jeep.
And finally, the big showdown with the T-Rex with a skid loader.
I have to mention, that the ending of the movie is very unexpected and dark.
The effects are low-budget and cheap looking, but that's the charm of it. The acting isn't so great, but it's not cringe-worthy either. The kills are over-the-top and gruesome, and the epic final conflict with the T-Rex is the definite highlight of the film.
I would place "Carnosaur" squarely in the "It's So Bad It's Good" category of horror films.
Get your friends together, have some drinks, and enjoy the mayhem!
Clint Howard and an adorable dinosaur puppet bump this up
-IGNORE THIS "OUT OF FIVE" RATING
Lifeless, needlessly gory JURASSIC PARK rip-off about a mad scientist wanting to breed dinosaurs and whip out the humans. Second-rate effects combine with murky plot. This might not have been THAT bad . . . but the ending leaves viewer appalled. Diane Ladd is quite good however, as the crazy woman.
Haha this is so terrible, so cheap, but funny. Oh no! A puppet! And the acting was so bad, which made it even better. The story made no sense and the movie was full of WTF moments that made me giggle. And that ending, wow. 3/10 for being terrible, but 7/10 for being entertaining. Split the difference.
It has potential but it's unfortunately a disastrous mess with good special effects by John Carl Buecheler and a few decent scenes the film is just unfortunately a letdown at least the sequel is an improvement also the ending why in the world would you end with the people that killed the dinosaurs die? Just stick away from this and watch the sequel. Overall forgettable film with its moments like the teenagers getting killed in the jeep,the hippie saying "greetings green brother" to the dinosaur and getting killed,and the characters were just ehh.
So bad it's nearly good. a few minor points keep it from being a better movie or having a bigger cult following.
it's ok but the ending was dumb
Some silly entertainment value here and there. Mostly it sucked.