At the same time, Brosnan made a living writing various original science-fiction works and tv novelisations. Under the pseudonym Harry Adam Knight (the spelling of the initials seems are intentional and demonstrate the clear contempt that Brosnan has of his audience), Brosnan wrote a number of horror novels and several of these were adapted into films. Though not necessarily any fault of Brosnans, these all ended up as cheap ripoffs of other films this adaptation of Carnosaur (1984) was followed by Beyond Bedlam/Nightscare (1994), which was mounted as a B-budget rip-off of both The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984); and Proteus (1995) for which Brosnan wrote the script, which was a cheap ripoff of The Thing (1982).
Carnosaur has been mounted as a cheap ripoff of Jurassic Park (1993). There is no question about it, no matter how much Roger Corman wanted to grandstand and talk about how Carnosaur the novel had been written before Jurassic Park ever came out. (It was published in 1984). Half the film competently drags Jurassic Park down to the level of a B movie with director Adam Simon throwing in a high gore content. However, the films credibility is shot in by the usual ridiculously immobile puppet effects of John Carl Buechlers Magical Media Industries, which also provided the even worse effects for the other Jurassic Park ripoff the same year, Charles Bands Prehysteria (1993). This is particularly noticeable when it comes to the climax with Rafael Sbarge facing off against a dinosaur with a bulldozer. If the same sequence had been conducted with Industrial Light and Magic effects, one could imagine it having been a titanic struggle of mythic proportions but Buechlers effects make it look like a Tonka Toy fighting a dinosaur hand puppet.
What make Carnosaur laughable is its mid-film jumping of tracks into a completely different film where it develops as a plague outbreak take with cliche images of an ominous military clampdown a la The Crazies (1973). What transports it into the realm of the spectacularly tacky is its mad scientist scheme where Diane Ladd conceives a plot to release genetically-engineered household eggs, which hatch dinosaurs but also impregnate every fertile female and cause them to give birth to dinosaurs, all in order to kill off the human species and allow dinosaurs to repopulate the earth. When it comes to scenes of the military sitting around discussing the construction of artificial wombs in order to preserve the human species, the film descends into the realms of the utterly laughable. Diane Ladd, who was badly slumming it here, has a scene of laughable ignominy, succumbing to her own infection and giving birth in a gory mess, looking on with a mothers adoring eyes as another ludicrous Buechler puppet emerges from between her legs.
Roger Corman produced two sequels: Carnosaur 2 (1995) and Carnosaur 3: Primal Species (1996).
Director Adam Simon began with the fascinatingly weird reality bender Brain Dead/Paranoia (1990) for Roger Corman and went onto the horror documentary The American Nightmare (2000). Simon also wrote the blaxploitation homage Bones (2001) and The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), as well as created/produced the tv series Salem (2014-7).
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