A series of five Creator/RogerCorman-produced [[BMovie B]] horror films. The first film received a limited theatrical release, whereas the remaining four were DirectToVideo.


[[DuelingMovies Several weeks before]] ''Film/JurassicPark'' premiered, in 1993, ''Carnosaur'' [[TheMockbuster hit]] [[DirectToVideo video stores]] and a limited theater release. [[InNameOnly Loosely based]] [[FilmOfTheBook on the novel]] of the same title by John Brosnan (a.k.a. Harry Adam Knight), the film stars Diane Ladd as Dr. Jane Tiptree, a MadScientist who has been fiddling around with the DNA of chickens, thus causing them to lay dinosaur eggs. When one of the egg hatches into a [[strike:cheap hand puppet]] ''deinonychus'', it escapes and starts tearing up the local countryside. The attacks lead local security guard Doc (Creator/RaphaelSbarge) and hippie Thrush (Jennifer Runyon) to Jane's hideout, where they find out she is planning to wipe out humanity by unleashing a virus that will make all women in the world become fatally pregnant with dinosaurs, whereupon they will take over the earth.

Gene Siskel gave the film the thumbs up. Make of that what you will.


''Carnosaur 2'', released in 1995, takes place a little after the events in the first movie. A special team is sent to investigate an underground laboratory that has apparently shut down. When they arrive, they discover that the crew has been reduced to nothing but bloody limbs; obviously eaten. Then after finding a young boy who survived the carnage, they begin getting taken out one by one by the remaining Carnosaurs that were being held down there. The dinosaur effects in this one are improved since the first one, but it is nowhere near as interesting. The end Carnosaur Vs. Bulldozer scene is basically a rehash of the Carnosaur Vs. [[ForkliftFu Forklift]] scene from the first movie. Not the best but decent. By the way, plotwise, it's [[{{Expy}} a shameless rip-off, erm, that is, somewhat inspired by]] the [[Film/{{Aliens}} second Alien movie]]. Watch the two back-to-back and you'll understand.


''Carnosaur 3: Primal Species'', released in 1996, has a team of terrorists hijack a top-secret military convoy, thinking they have captured weapons-grade plutonium. Instead, the convoy was carrying dinosaurs, and the dinosaurs attack and kill the squad of terrorists. A military recovery team learns the convoy is stopped in a warehouse on the local waterfront, and immediately goes out to retrieve it. The dinosaurs attack the squad, leaving only three soldiers. Back at their headquaters, their captain refuses to go back unless they kill the dinos, but the scientist in charge of the operation orders them to merely capture the dinos. Heading back out to the warehouse, the team gets additional help with a Marine Task Force. Together, they still can't control the dinosaurs. They finally find a way to get them under control: luring them out to a ship, sailing them out to sea and blowing the ship up.


Composed largely out of stock footage from the previous three films, ''Raptor'', released in 2001, features Sheriff Jim Tanner and his assistant Barbara trace a series of unexplained vicious animal attacks striking his community back to a Dr. Hyde, a former military researcher whose government funding for a dinosaur cloning project was cut. When the Pentagon discovers Hyde obtained foreign backing to continue his experiments, they send in a strike team to save Tanner and Barbara and stop Hyde.


In 2007, the series received a new installment, ''The Eden Formula'' (''Tyrannosaur Wrecks'' in Australia), also a Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie. Jeff Fahey stars as Dr. Harrison Parker, a scientist who invented the titular formula, which is capable of resurrecting any corpses it comes into contact with. The Calgorin Industries tests the formula by reviving a T-rex, much to the chagrin of Parker. Then, James Radcliffe (Creator/TonyTodd) and his henchmen raids Calgorin trying to get their hands on the formula and accidentally releases the now revived T-rex, which escapes and runs amok at the (empty) streets of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Parker, joined by Calgorin's exec, Rhonda Shapton (Dee Wallace) attempts to stop the dinosaur while escaping from Radcliffe's men. The movie is perhaps notable for featuring a leaping T-rex.

Curiously, despite being meant for Syfy, the film has yet to debut on the channel, at least in the US.
!!These films provide examples of:

* ActionizedSequel: ''Carnosaur 3''.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: One of the few scenes lifted from the novel into the first film was the ''Deinonychus'' attacking two teenagers inside a car. In the book, it makes sense as it happens at night and involves a man-sized, fully grown dinosaur. In the film it's in broad daylight with a juvenile who's barely bigger than a schnauzer, making the teen look like idiots for just standing there as what looks like a demented Kermit T. Frog rips into them.
* AnArmAndALeg: At least one character per movie in the first three has either an arm or a leg brutally torn off before dying. It gets taken UpToEleven in the fourth film due to StockFootage.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The American military uniforms in ''Carnosaur 3'' are absolutely nowhere near accurate. Perhaps the most {{JustForFun/egregious}} example is the convoy soldiers at the beginning of the movie, with the T-shirts, M1 helmets, etc.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Featuring an upright T.rex with a weirdly skinny tail, alongside "velociraptors" and deinonychus who are really closer to LizardFolk than anything found in the fossil record.
* BMovie: Par for the course from Roger Corman.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted in the first movie- the sheriff is the last character to die before Doc and Thrush. Played straight(er) in 2 and 3 where the black characters aren't the ''first'' to die but don't exactly make it past the first act either.
* BloodlessCarnage: In the ambush scene in ''Carnosaur 3'', no one bleeds at all. A rather interesting example, since the rest of the film is soaked with blood.
* CliffHanger: The third movie's ending reveals that [[spoiler:not all of the dinosaurs were on the ship; the sole surviving terrorist gets killed by a raptor]].
* CluelessAesop: The first movie tries to preach a GreenAesop about the dangers of man destroying nature with machines and that nature belongs to the animals but it is undermined by being a movie about killer dinosaurs and Dr. Tiptree's solution of eradicating the human race through artificial means.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: In ''Carnosaur 2'', by means of OffscreenTeleportation, no less.
* DisneyVillainDeath: The ''T. rex'' in ''2'' dies when it falls down on an elevator shaft.
** The ''T. Rex'' in ''Raptor'' dies the same way, via StockFootage
* DownerEnding: The first film ends with [[spoiler:Doc and Thrush getting shot]].
* DumbDinos: Played straight, unlike the book - the dinosaurs are dumb, murderous monsters.
* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey
* FilmOfTheBook: The first film.
* ForkliftFu: The first film.
* GaiasVengeance: Of the ''Gaia's avenger'' variety.
* {{Gendercide}}: Jane's plan involves having all women die so that men cannot mate and humans go extinct.
* {{Gorn}}
* {{Irony}}: Out of the three dinosaurs used in the film, none are carnosaurs, at least by the modern definition. The book is slightly better in this regard, in that it has one (Altispinax).
* KillEmAll: The first film. [[spoiler: None of the characters who matter anything to the plot survive.]]
* LargeHam: Radcliffe in ''The Eden Formula''. Tony Todd was clearly having fun with his role.
* LighterAndSofter: Every subsequent sequel after the first film, which was fairly dark. That said, the second movie in particular isn't a cake walk. A female member of the team has her arm torn off and is brutally eviscerated on-screen.
* HellishCopter: The crashing helicopter in ''Carnosaur 2''.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Heavily averted in the first three films, two of which have absolutely ''no'' female survivors. In fact, it's flat out inverted in the first film, with the main human antagonist wanting to [[{{Gendercide}} wipe out the human female population.]] Number four gets it as well but this is thanks to StockFootage from those first three films.
* MisanthropeSupreme: Jane.
* TheMockbuster: One of the earliest deliberate examples. The first film and the fourth coincided with the release of [[Film/JurassicPark the first]] and [[Film/JurassicParkIII third]] ''Jurassic Park'' films while the third film was released not much earlier (roughly two months) before ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' hit theaters.
* NearVillainVictory: The antidote for the quickly spreading virus was destroyed in the first film's DownerEnding, so it would seem Jane's plan was a success.... but the fact that there was a sequel meant it was averted ''somehow''.
* PoliceAreUseless: The police are no match to the T-rex in ''Carnosaur 3'' and ''The Eden Formula''.
** Subverted in the first one. A policeman is able to [[spoiler: kill the Deinonychus, albeit at the cost of his life. This accomplishment is made a moot point by the aforementioned downer ending]]
* ProductPlacement: The first film features inexplicable ProductPlacement for Coca-Cola.
* RaptorAttack: The raptors in these films aren't remotely realistic.
* RecycledInSpace[=/=]WholePlotReference: Carnosaur 2 is ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' WITH DINOSAURS! And its blatant enough to almost cross the line into direct rip-off ([[spoiler:researchers killed by hostile lifeforms with only one kid survivor? Check. Backup is called in to investigate and nearly get killed on their first trip into the facility? check. Their pilot is disabled by hostile lifeform just as they are about to takeoff? check. Survivors hole up in the command center and set traps to keep lifeforms out? check. Facility will blow up soon? check! Lifeforms attack the command center and Heroes escape through the air vents, where two of their own are left behind to suicide bomb the lifeforms?? One member of the group is left behind and the hero has to go back into the facility to get them? Final showdown between the hero and a giant hostile, using construction equipment? Check check check!!!!]])
* SemperFi: Averted terribly. [[spoiler: The marine task force from ''Carnosaur 3'' got killed off along with the remainder of the spec ops team save Rance]].
* ShoutOut: ''Carnosaur 2'' throws one to ''Film/ApocalypseNow''; when the team is on board the helicopter "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" can be heard.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationFaithfulness: a clear level 1. The only way this could have less to do with the book is if it wasn't about dinosaurs at all.
* StockDinosaurs: The first film features a deinonychus (essentially a velociraptor) and a T-rex. All of the later films renamed the deinonychus into "velociraptors" and ''The Eden Formula'' only has a T-rex.
* StockFootage: Used throughout the first two sequels and ''The Eden Formula''. ''Raptor'' is almost completely made up of it, making it a borderline ClipShow.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Subverted in ''Carnosaur 2'', where Rawlins outlives the more feminine Galloway only to get horribly mauled to death near the end of the movie. Played straight in ''Carnosaur 3'', with soldiers Coolidge and Proudfoot getting killed while scientist Hodges becomes the first woman to survive a ''Carnosaur'' movie.
* WesternTerrorists: The terrorists in the third film, also Radcliffe and his men in ''The Eden Formula''.
** Jane Tiptree arguable counts, although her means are a tad more batshit.