Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Carnosaur, When Dinosaurs Impregnated Women

Ahhh, where would we be without women? Depending on which venue this question is posed, the answers will vary quite a bit. Throw in a mad-scientist geneticist, dinosaurs, and an airborne virus and we have Roger Corman's "Carnosaur" from 1993. This film answers that question and the answer is quite horrific. No cute Barney type dinosaurs here, nope. When the Tyrannosaurus Rex appears in this heartwarming tale, you can bet some human is having his organs ripped out or leg bitten off. Oh yes, the women in this film will endure fates far worse than death all in the name of saving the planet.
Dr. Jane Triptree (Diane Ladd), a mad-geneticist has gone underground in order to continue her experiments. The Eunice Corporation has hired her to produce preservatives that keep food from spoiling. Suckers! When you hire a mad-geneticist (...and I know this from experience), the quack dictates what his or her experiments will be. Triptree creates a virus which in horrifying fashion starts spreading through the Nevada desert. At first, Triptree injected this virus in birds, producing eggs yielding dinosaurs. When chicken eggs are smuggled out of the underground lab, the hatch-lings start eating there way through mankind. A group of Earth-First types chain themselves to the heavy equipment at Eunice Corporation...and will be eaten.  All except for the lovely Thrush (Jennifer Runyon).
Meanwhile the virus infects all the women in the area and they mysteriously become pregnant. When dinosaurs burst out of their bellies, the U.S. Government gets involved. Thrush befriends a Eunice security guard, Doc (Raphael Sbarge), and after Thrush comes down with the virus, he sneaks down into the lab to find an antidote. As the T-Rex eats Eunice personnel and environmental activists, and as women keep popping out baby T-Rex', Doc confronts Dr. Triptree. This meeting won't go well and all the women in the underground lab birth monsters. Now on the run from dinosaurs in the lab, Doc must find the cure and race back to the nubile Thrush before she births a demented Barney.
Grim, ominous, and quite gory, "Carnosaur" would eventually spawn two sequels.  Over-the-top may describe this film. I gotta say, it was quite sobering when the government agents (no doubt all divorced men) realized they couldn't stop the virus. Instead of brooding over the grim fact, they quite cheerfully discussed Plan B...find an alternative to women. Misogynistic?  Perhaps.  True horror fans will have much fun with Roger Corman's "Carnosaur." 

1 comment:

  1. I love B-Grade movies. Your review has been dying to be disappointed by it :)

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