Movie Review

Raptor (2001)

Part of the Carnosaur series
2.5/5

There is a whole generation of schlock directors that started out making cheap horror films and are now mostly directing soft-core porn and dog-based family movies. One of them is Jim Wynorski who in the 80s and 90s did films like Chopping Mall (1986) and Sorority House Massacre II (1990) but now makes films like A Doggone Hollywood (2017), which stars “youtube sensation Just Jesse the Jack,” and Bigfoot or Bust (2022), which has the tagline “the BREAST Bigfoot movie ever made!”

Jim directed this flick which is a spin-off from Carnosaur (1993). It’s called spin-off because it reuses scenes from the first three Carnosaur films. The scenes with the dinosaurs. Why anybody watched those scenes and thought they needed to be reused is anybody’s guess. They were laughably bad in them, here, spliced with new footage of Eric Roberts, Corbin Bernsen and random sex scenes… well it’s something.

Raptor (2001)
Raptor (2001)

Eric Roberts plays a small-town sheriff, and that small town has a new problem—90s rubber puppet velociraptors. Corbin Bernsen is the mad scientist who was cloning dinosaurs for the military. His scenes are separate from the other action, which is tradition in the Carnosaur films. Meanwhile, velociraptors are running wild killing people, sometimes the same people as they did in the original films.

One example. Frank Novak was in the original film, and he was killed by the mad scientist in that one by telling him to go into a room. In the room was a T-Rex who killed him. Frank plays another henchman here who is instructed by the mad scientist to go into a room. Then the old T-Rex footage and him ten years younger is shown.

Roger Corman’s magic (and yes, he produced this) is how he can do something with nothing. He knows how to make entertainment, even though it’s schlock entertainment. He creates entertaining bad films and that shines in the Carnosaur films. The first one was so stupid that it was fun, Carnosaur 2 (1995) was such a blatant Aliens (1986) rip-off that it was funny, and this one is amusing in how dumb the whole production is. Reused crappy footage, intertwined with green screen takes and 10-minute soft-core sex scenes. Bafflingly silly.

And of course, he has two masters of dreck, Roberts and Bernsen, to make us just go with it.

Raptor (2001)

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