Carnosaur (1993)

R | 82 mins | Horror, Science fiction | 14 May 1993

Writer:

Adam Simon

Producer:

Mike Elliott

Cinematographer:

Keith Holland

Editor:

Richard Gentner

Production Designer:

Aaron Osborne

Production Company:

Concorde-New Horizons
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HISTORY

       John Buechler, who was responsible for the special makeup and creature effects as designer and supervisor at Magical Media Industries Inc., appears in opening credits as “John Buechler” and in closing credits as “John Carl Buechler.”
       Although a 5 Oct 1992 HR brief suggested that filmmaker Roger Corman offered the role of “Dr. Jane Tiptree” to Faye Dunaway, a 5 Sep 1993 LAT article claimed that Diane Ladd agreed to star in the film as a favor to Corman, who was her long-time friend, after she spoke at his 1991 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. Ladd was reportedly paid in advance for her work.
       A 7 Apr 1992 HR production chart stated that principal photography was expected to begin 17 Aug 1992. However, filming was delayed several times until later that year, when the 3 Nov 1992 HR listed a new start date of 28 Nov 1992, with locations in AZ and NM.
       Despite various reports of a final $4 million budget, the 27 Jan 1993 HR stated that Corman included an additional $2 million of special effects, raising the total budget to roughly $7 million. The 23 Feb 1993 LAT stated that effects included a seventeen-foot, remote controlled animatronic dinosaur weighing one-and-a-half tons.
       The 12 Apr 1993 HR noted that the film was originally scheduled to open 11 Jun 1993, the same day as the similarly-themed blockbuster, Jurassic Park (see entry), starring Ladd’s daughter, Laura Dern. However, a 22 Apr 1993 HR article announced that Corman was expected to premiere the film 13 May 1993, at the Wilshire ... More Less

       John Buechler, who was responsible for the special makeup and creature effects as designer and supervisor at Magical Media Industries Inc., appears in opening credits as “John Buechler” and in closing credits as “John Carl Buechler.”
       Although a 5 Oct 1992 HR brief suggested that filmmaker Roger Corman offered the role of “Dr. Jane Tiptree” to Faye Dunaway, a 5 Sep 1993 LAT article claimed that Diane Ladd agreed to star in the film as a favor to Corman, who was her long-time friend, after she spoke at his 1991 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. Ladd was reportedly paid in advance for her work.
       A 7 Apr 1992 HR production chart stated that principal photography was expected to begin 17 Aug 1992. However, filming was delayed several times until later that year, when the 3 Nov 1992 HR listed a new start date of 28 Nov 1992, with locations in AZ and NM.
       Despite various reports of a final $4 million budget, the 27 Jan 1993 HR stated that Corman included an additional $2 million of special effects, raising the total budget to roughly $7 million. The 23 Feb 1993 LAT stated that effects included a seventeen-foot, remote controlled animatronic dinosaur weighing one-and-a-half tons.
       The 12 Apr 1993 HR noted that the film was originally scheduled to open 11 Jun 1993, the same day as the similarly-themed blockbuster, Jurassic Park (see entry), starring Ladd’s daughter, Laura Dern. However, a 22 Apr 1993 HR article announced that Corman was expected to premiere the film 13 May 1993, at the Wilshire Theater in Ogden, UT, to coincide with the city’s newly-opened George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. The 200-print regional release would occur the following day, 14 May 1993, in Salt Lake City, UT; Indianapolis, IN; Des Moines, IA; Kansas City, MO; and northern FL. A 7 Jun 1993 Var review indicated that Carnosaur also screened at the Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 1993. The film did not open in Los Angeles, CA, until 17 Sep 1993, with additional cities to follow.
       A 22 Oct 1993 HR brief announced that Corman planned to produce another Carnosaur picture titled Carnosaur II, to begin production at New Horizons in 1994. The film was released in 1995 as Carnosaur 2, followed by two direct-to-video sequels in 1996 and 2001.
      Opening credits are superimposed over black-and-white footage of chickens in a slaughtering plant. End credits include the statement: “Read the Tor book,” referring to the 1984 novel, Carnosaur, by John Brosnan, published under his pseudonym, Harry Adam Knight.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
7 Apr 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 1993
p. 4, 22.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
23 Feb 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
5 Sep 1993
pp. 27-28.
Los Angeles Times
20 Sep 1993
p. 2.
Variety
7 Jun 1993
p. 43.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Roger Corman Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
Asst dir, 2d unit
Prod mgr, 2d unit
Addl dir, 2d unit
Addl dir, 2d unit
Addl dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Wrt for the screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Best boy elec
Elec
Key/Dolly grip
Best boy grip
Grip
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Still photog, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Graphic artist
Art prod asst
Art prod asst
Art prod asst
Art prod asst
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Assoc ed
Addl asst ed
Video ed
Film splicers
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Set dresser
Swing
Const coord
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Scenic
Scenic
Scenic
Scenic
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus supv
Orch performed, engineered & mixed by
Score rec at
Newbury Park, CA
Guitar
SOUND
Boom op
Post prod sd & rec facility
Sd supv
Re-rec mixer
Dial ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Sd des
Sd des
Foley walker
Foley walker
Loop group
Sd transfer eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Spec makeup & visual eff
Des & supv, Magical Media
Prod mgr, Magical Media
Controller, Magical Media
Loc eff coord, Magical Media
Key makeup eff, Magical Media
Key loc liaison, Magical Media
Sculptor, Magical Media
Sculptor, Magical Media
Foam sculptor, Magical Media
Mechanics, Magical Media
Dinosaur consultant, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Fabrication crew, Magical Media
Spec laser eff by
Digital eff compositing
Digital eff compositing, Pittard Sullivan Fitzgera
Digital eff compositing, Pittard Sullivan Fitzgera
Digital eff compositing, Pittard Sullivan Fitzgera
Digital eff compositing, Pittard Sullivan Fitzgera
Titles & opticals
MAKEUP
Spec makeup and creature eff
Spec makeup and creature eff
Key makeup
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod secy
Casting asst
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
Post prod asst
Opening title source imagery "Chickens: A Process"
Opening title source imagery "Chickens: A Process"
Loc mgr
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Stage mgr
Asst to Mr. Simon
Asst to Ms. Ladd
Asst to Mr. Elliott
Studio teacher
Craft services
Craft services
Craft services
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Scr supv, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based upon the novel Carnosaur by Harry Adam Knight (1984) and the treatment by John Brosnan.
SONGS
"Strait To The Boogie," written & performed by Regis McNicholas.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 May 1993
Premiere Information:
Ogden, UT premiere: 13 May 1993
Regional opening: 14 May 1993
Cannes screening: 15 May 1993
Los Angeles opening: 17 September 1993
Production Date:
began 28 November 1992
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo
Color
Duration(in mins):
82
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32277
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After creating a controversial genetic alternative to pesticide that eliminated an entire insect species, Dr. Jane Tiptree disappeared from the academic world and received a grant to continue her research at the Food Sciences Division of the Eunice Corporation. Now in Climax, Virginia, Jane splices the genetic material of chickens with that of various reptiles while secretly performing additional experiments using dinosaur DNA. One night, a poultry deliveryman is attacked by something hiding among the chickens in his truck. Dr. Sterling Raven examines the slaughtered corpse and sends a sample to the Advanced Research Projects Administration (ARPA) in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, at the Eunice mineral quarry, night watchman Doc Smith spots a female environmental activist named Ann, also known as “Thrush,” sneaking around the machines. The next morning, Doc and Sheriff Fowler drive to a commune to identify the culprit. Even though Doc sees Thrush among the group, he lies and says he plans to deal with the situation his “own way.” Later, she thanks him for protecting her, but criticizes Eunice for destroying a former dinosaur migration site. In the nearby desert, three intoxicated teenagers are brutally attacked by a small Deinonychus dinosaur. Studying the genetic makeup of the dead deliveryman, scientists at ARPA are confused to discover the DNA of the killer creature supposedly belongs to a chicken. After dark, Thrush and Doc find one of the teenagers, barely alive, and two Eunice employees are killed by the Deinonychus. That night, the dinosaur eats two members of the commune who have handcuffed themselves to the Eunice mining machinery ... +


After creating a controversial genetic alternative to pesticide that eliminated an entire insect species, Dr. Jane Tiptree disappeared from the academic world and received a grant to continue her research at the Food Sciences Division of the Eunice Corporation. Now in Climax, Virginia, Jane splices the genetic material of chickens with that of various reptiles while secretly performing additional experiments using dinosaur DNA. One night, a poultry deliveryman is attacked by something hiding among the chickens in his truck. Dr. Sterling Raven examines the slaughtered corpse and sends a sample to the Advanced Research Projects Administration (ARPA) in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, at the Eunice mineral quarry, night watchman Doc Smith spots a female environmental activist named Ann, also known as “Thrush,” sneaking around the machines. The next morning, Doc and Sheriff Fowler drive to a commune to identify the culprit. Even though Doc sees Thrush among the group, he lies and says he plans to deal with the situation his “own way.” Later, she thanks him for protecting her, but criticizes Eunice for destroying a former dinosaur migration site. In the nearby desert, three intoxicated teenagers are brutally attacked by a small Deinonychus dinosaur. Studying the genetic makeup of the dead deliveryman, scientists at ARPA are confused to discover the DNA of the killer creature supposedly belongs to a chicken. After dark, Thrush and Doc find one of the teenagers, barely alive, and two Eunice employees are killed by the Deinonychus. That night, the dinosaur eats two members of the commune who have handcuffed themselves to the Eunice mining machinery in protest. The creature flees just as Doc arrives and finds Thrush unconscious but unharmed. Examining the bodies, Dr. Raven determines that the attacks are becoming increasingly brutal as the creature rapidly grows in size. Deciding to investigate, Doc sneaks into the Eunice plant and holds Jane at gunpoint. Before she can explain herself, however, they are interrupted by the sudden illness of Jane’s secretary, who is one of several women to contract a virus that has impregnated her with a dinosaur fetus. She dies in labor while giving birth to a large egg. Claiming that humans are wasteful and destructive to the planet, Jane hopes to obliterate the human race and once again allow dinosaurs to roam the Earth. Across town, Sheriff Fowler shoots the escaped Deinonychus, but is killed when the creature impales him with its claws. Meanwhile, ARPA officers inform the federal government of the threat and theorize that the rapidly-spreading virus could kill the human population within six months. To counter the virus, they decide to use artificial wombs to breed a new generation of human females immune to the disease. As Jane feels the virus take effect, Doc runs to the roof to escape a full-grown Tyrannosaurus. Instead of giving birth to an egg, Jane screams in pain as a tiny dinosaur bursts from her abdomen. Doc returns home to tend to Thrush, who has also begun to show signs of the virus. He injects her with an untested antidote stolen from Jane’s lab. They attempt to kill the approaching Tyrannosaurus with two skid-steer loaders, but the creature capsizes Doc’s vehicle, and Thrush falls unconscious. Doc takes control of Thrush’s cart and uses its metal prongs to impale the dinosaur. As Thrush dies from the virus, quarantining government officials arrive, shoot Doc, and burn his cabin in an effort to sterilize the town and stop the threat. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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