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Directed by Adam Simon
Produced by Roger Corman
Mike Elliott
Written by Novel:
Harry Adam Knight
John Brosnan
Adam Simon
Starring Diane Ladd
Raphael Sbarge
Jennifer Runyon
Music by Nigel Holton
Cinematography Keith Holland
Editing by Richard Gentner
Distributed by New Horizon Picture Corp
Release date(s) May 14, 1993
Running time 83 min
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)
Followed by Carnosaur 2

Carnosaur is a 1993 horror film starring Diane Ladd as a mad scientist who plans to recreate dinosaurs and destroy humanity. The movie is loosely based on a novel of the same name by Harry Adam Knight that was released in 1984, but the two have little in common. They share only a few scenes, the villain still has the same basic motive, and both contain explicit gore and violence.[1]

The movie grossed $1,753,979 - a success, given its extremely tight budget and very limited theatrical release. It spawned two official Direct-to-Video sequels, and stock footage was recycled from all three films for 2001's Raptor.



Doc (Raphael Sbarge) is a drunk security watchman protecting digging equipment from being damaged by environmental activists. However, he ends up making friends with one of them named Thrush. Meanwhile, Dr. Jane Tiptree of the Eunice Corporation is building a better and bigger chicken (as well as dinosaurs) with DNA from crocodiles, iguanas, albatrosses, and ostriches. One of her 'creatures,' a Deinonychus, escapes and makes a bloody mess out of the activists, as well as other civilians. Doc investigates and discovers that Tiptree is creating a virus in order for Carnosaurs and Raptors to reclaim the Earth as their own. The virus causes a terrible fever and impregnates women with dinosaur eggs, which gruesomely end the life of the woman giving birth to them. After narrowly escaping the T-rex and the lab, Doc and Thrush battle it with skidsteers near the end of the film (an action that was repeated in the sequel). The government comes into the community in order to "sterilize" the situation by shooting all the civilians, infected or not. In the end, Thrush dies from the virus and Doc is shot by government soldiers and their bodies are burned.


Gene Siskel gave the film a marginal "thumbs up," while Roger Ebert gave it "thumbs down" on Siskel & Ebert.[2]


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