Guilty Pleasures: 'Carnosaur 3: Primal Species'

By: Heather Seebach

**The following contains spoilers**

When I was 9 years old I became obsessed with dinosaurs thanks to Jurassic Park. A couple years later, I watched the film My Demon Lover and developed a massive crush on Scott Valentine. So it was inevitable that I'd find my way to Carnosaur 3: Primal Species. And because I was young and didn't know any better, I was pretty obsessed with this movie, too. Looking back, I must have been a horror fan in denial because I loved a lot of bloody flicks like this but always insisted I hated horror movies, especially gory ones. Thank goodness I embraced my inner gorehound or I wouldn't be sharing this b-movie gold with you right now.

The original Carnosaur is a well-known dinosaur horror flick, but few people remember its second sequel, Primal Species. Even a Google Image search for this article yielded very few results. Fortunately I don't need screenshots because the twisted pre-teen version of me used to love drawing as well, and I still have the sketches I did of scenes from this film, so I will be using those as visuals. Enjoy, and be amazed how I turned out so normal.

In this Roger Corman vehicle, a group of terrorists accidentally (?!) steal a crate of dinosaurs instead of uranium and the vicious monsters are unleashed. After the terrorists and some local cops are slain in a warehouse, Colonel Rance Higgins (that name!), played by Scott Valentine, and his Special Forces team are called in to stop the prehistoric beasts. 

The small few who survive soon learn that the dinosaurs are genetic reconstructions intended for disease research, and they must be captured alive. They team up with some Marines (including a tough woman in a bandana) and set out to bring back the monsters intact - for science! Gee, this all sounds so familiar...

So Scott Valentine does his best tough guy face for 85 minutes while we get bad rubber dinosaurs and lots of gore. The Jurassic Park rip-offs are too abundant to count, right down to the dinosaur starting to spontaneous breed. The best part of the film is Polchek (Rick Dean), the southern redneck whose voice is as hilarious as his name. 

Funny enough, my pencil rendering of that T-Rex looks better than the actual one in the movie.

So Carnosaur 3: Primal Species is cheesy as fuck, but fun and gory all the same. Worth a watch if you enjoy bad, bloody movies, especially if you love dinosaurs like I do.

Fun Fact #1: One of the cops in this movie is played by Michael "Look what I can do!" McDonald of MAD TV

Fun Fact #2: The end credits say this:

Here is the trailer:

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