Then it hit me. Carnosaur! The trailer for Jurassic World felt a lot like Carnosaur. What’s that? Never heard of it? This was a dinosaur movie that (like Jurassic Park) appeared in 1993. It was produced by Roger Corman and had as a tagline: “They’re back, and it’s no theme park!”
The premise, according to IMDB:
A genetically manipulated and very hungry dinosaur escapes from a bioengineering company and reeks havoc on the local desert town.
Sound familiar? Replace “town” with “amusement park” and that seems like the story being pitched in the Jurassic World trailer.
Carnosaur was a lot of fun to watch. I’d stumbled upon it in a VHS bargain bin in the late 90s and I’d thought, at the time, that it was merely a direct-to-video knock-off of Jurassic Park. I watched it three times in a week (unlike a VHS copy of Jurassic Park we had at the time, which we watched only twice).
Apparently I am not the only one to think “Carnosaur” amid the Jurassic World hoopla. Doing a quick search brought me to a recent write-up by Scott Meslow at The Week from a few weeks back. I didn’t realize until reading Meslow’s article that Carnosaur was actually based on a novel of its own, and that it did get a theatrical release.
It was based on a novel that had been published way back in 1984, written by John Brosnan under the pen name Harry Adam Knight.
While I am not in a big hurry to see Jurassic World, I might watch Carnosaur again. It’s been a while.