Horizons. 1 hour 25 minutes. "Terror will never be
Colonel Rance Higgins: Scott Valentine (doofus boyfriend on Family Ties)
Dr. Hodges: Janet Gunn
Polchek: Rick Dean
General Mercer: Anthony Peck
Sanders: Rodger Halston
Proudfoot: Justina Vail
Rossi: Morgan Englund
B.T. Coolidge: Terri J. Vaughn
Furguson: Billy Burnette
Produced: Roger Corman
Directed: Jonathan Winfrey
Story: Rob Kerchner
Special Effects: Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Visual Effects: Anthony Doublin
Music: Kevin Kiner.
An army convoy is attacked by terrorists with Irish accents who
discover they have stolen a truck of seemingly frozen "fuckin'
reptiles" instead of uranium. The dinosaurs attack them.
One terrorist gets away; police capture him and gag this
for "mumbling something about monsters." They then
enter the dockside warehouse to find what they expect are drug
smugglers. After blood discoveries and racist comments, the police
An anti-terrorist special force led by Colonel
Rance Higgins is called in by General Mercer and they too find
pieces of bodies and a refrigeration truck rather than uranium.
They maneuver through warehouse boxes until two get slashed to
death by "lizards on steroids."
The survivors learn from Dr. Hodges that these
are the last three "carnosaurs" in existence: two male
velociraptors and one female T-Rex left from the genetic reconstructions
of the prior Carnosaur movies. Higgins is peeved that
they're "risking our asses for a research project?"
For some spurious reason, the dinosaurs need to be caught alive--it
has something to do with the potential for curing major diseases.
The soldiers bitch about this assignment, but Rance says tellingly,
"Quiet, this is not a democracy; we have orders."
A massive meat shipment resides at the dock,
so the three hunt in that area, meeting up with a unit of Marines
who have come as backup. Army soldier Polchek ("Monk"
in Carnosaur 2) mocks Hodges and arm wrestles female Marine
Proudfoot who, after barely losing to Polchek, turns out to be
left-handed. Polchek is given drugs to shoot into the dinos,
"enough to stop a white rhino." They set up a lure
and net trap with "the only piece of meat left inside the
perimeter." "Except us." One of the dinos reasons
through the situation and almost succeeds in dragging off Polchek,
but is shot down. "You sayin' they're getting smarter?"
Hodges theorizes that the T-Rex is breeding since Polchek was
being dragged off, perhaps to hatchlings. The presumed-dead dinosaur
gets up and rips off a head, which we see mostly through a subjective
shot in black-and-white.
The next plan is to set off whatever structure
they're on into the Pacific and freeze the dinosaurs somehow.
When time comes to explore the lower decks of the ship, Polchek
is happy to "go down into Barney Central and play in that
sandbox." But the dinos knock out the lights and kill a
couple more soldiers. The rest get to an elevator, but a dinosaur
chews the cable through and they crash on the bottom level, discovering
the nest of eggs which they begin to shoot. The T-Rex is mad
and rips out Polchek's arm. Rance and Proudfoot rejoin Dr. Hodges
and Marine Rossi, split up again and rig dynamite. Rossi is eaten
by the Rex; Proudfoot's head is ripped off; and the remaining
two shoot two of the dinosaurs. Hodges senses the T-Rex is close.
She and Rance hide behind lockers which the dino head-butts.
Rance throws an explosive in the mouth of the dinsosaur and its
head blows off. The two race against time to jump in the ocean
before the ship explodes. Hydro-smarm.
Back in the police car at the Port of L.A.,
the terrorist is still gagged in the back seat. A dinosaur appears
and he gag-screams.
Like Carnosaur 2, this film is also
a sort of D&D vision, but here the dungeons aren't very intricate.
makes no sense; since the value of the dinosaurs involves their
DNA, dead dinos would actually be preferable, for obvious reasons.
I have a military plan! Let's not keep sending people down where
dinosaurs live; it just feeds them.
Male-female dynamics make no sense here, and
we get just a vague but choking cloud of misogyny. The Polchek/Proudfoot
arm wrestling is intercut with scenes of Rance vs. Hodges debating
the operation. Hodges' "women's intuition" is partly
credited for her sensing the mother T-Rex is close by. And why
we're supposed to think that Rance and Hodges will now emerge
from the Pacific and have a deep relationship just because no
one else survived is peculiar.
The nauseating horror of the first Carnosaur
film has been excised so that now the scientific characters merely
discuss the DNA reconstruction of the dinosaurs. That this film
freely uses the term "velociraptors" also suggests a
Jurassic Park influence.