Carnosaur (1993)

Posted: May 19, 2012 in Movie Review
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Carnosaur (1993)

Directed By: Adam Simon

Starring: Dianne Ladd, Raphael Sbarge, Jennifer Runyon, Clint Howard, Ned Bellamy, Harrison Page

Subgenre: Creature Feature, Sci-Fi

Carnosaur

Synopsis: A mad scientist plans to recreate Dinosaurs in a lab and destroy humanity.

Thoughts: Carnosaur is a precursor to the low budget Sci Fi originals that were made to take advantage of bigger budget Hollywood fare.  Carnosaur was released right before Jurassic Park and sported a budget of around a million dollars.  It’s loosely based on a 1984 novel with the same name, authored by John Bronson.

Carnosaur lives up to its low budget, in both the acting and the creature FX.  There are a few dinosaurs in Carnosaur, but most of them are clearly hand puppets, with a few larger models thrown in.  John Carl Buechler, noted genre Director and FX guru, only had 10 weeks to get everything done, and it really shows.

As a can expect, the acting is pretty rough as well, although the always awesome Clint Howard does play a part in this mess.  You’ll probably recognize Jennifer Runyon from her small role in Ghostbusters as well.

I can’t really recommend Carnosaur, but it has its place in the genre along with recent entries such as Mega Piranha and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus.  I think John Bronson, the author of the source material said it best when he said this movie is “Crap, but interesting crap.”

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