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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (Special Edition)

4.3 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews

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Remember the good old days when anyone with a camera, a few thousand bucks, and more ambition than talent could schlep up to Bronson Canyon and quickly make a cheap sci-fi/horror movie? Well, they'reback! THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA is an affectionate, meticulous re-creation of those notoriously cheesy clunkers, as a gaggle of beloved stereotypes pursue "that rarest of all radioactive elements - atmosphereum." Writer/Director Larry Blamire heads a superb cast - including Fay Masterson (Eyes Wide Shut), Andrew Parks (Donnie Brasco), Brian Howe (Catch Me If You Can) and Jennifer Blaire (The Majestic) - that faced a daunting task: having to be brilliant and terrible at the same time! It's one of the most original, clever, and hilarious comedies to come along in eons of your Earth years!

A complete delight for fans of psychotronic cinema and the Saturday-afternoon creature feature. Writer-director Larry Blamire has distilled every cliché of the drive-in movie era of low-budget horror and put it into The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, 90 minutes of pitch-perfect spoofing. The dialogue is marvelously insipid, and the music (taken from a stock music library) cuts in and out of the action with breathtaking suddenness. It was even shot in Bronson Canyon, location of many a cheap B-picture (one knock: the black-and-white image, shot on video, wears the eye out after a while). Aliens from Mars crash-land, setting loose a mutant, while a mad scientist re-awakens a talking skeleton that could hold the key to world domination. And don't forget Animala, a half-woman, half-animal beatnik! Rowwwr! Blamire allows it all to run on too long, yet hardcore fans of this movie world will be hard-pressed to complain. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Blooper reel
  • Q&A at the American Cinematheque featurette
  • "Obey the Lost Skeleton!" making-of featurette
  • Classic "Skeleton Frolic" cartoon
  • Retro-style trailer
  • Bonus trailers of actual 1950s horror films
  • Virtual skeletables

Product Details

  • Actors: Larry Blamire, Fay Masterson, Brian Howe, Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell
  • Directors: Larry Blamire
  • Writers: Larry Blamire
  • Producers: F. Miguel Valenti, Lars Perkins
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020HAY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Praise the cinema gods! The return of kooky 50's Sci-Fi, with cheezy not-so-special effects, dialogue that even Edward Wood Jr. couldn't come up with, and an inane storyline, makes The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra a must see. You've got it all here, a mad scientist bent on world domination. A male and female alien trying to pass themselves off as Earthlings, the hero who wants an unheard of element (atmospheium) to make the world better, and more goofiness than Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Brain from Planet Erous put together.
Note the hot chick Animala. Though she was made from forest creatures, note her tight fitting costume and short haircut. Remind you of anything? No? Than my friend you have yet to see the 50's classic 'Cat Women on the Moon'. Watching her dance is one of the highlight of the film, as is her culinary skills at the dinner table.
Of course no Sci-Fi picture would be complete without a man in a monster suit, and you have it here too. Though you can see the guys boots sticking out of the celery stalk body, you go along with it, knowing that that's how you are MEANT to see it.
And last but not least, this movie introduces 'The Skeleton'. If the skeletons lines don't slay you into a laugh fest, check your pulse. Whether he's laying in the cave giving out orders or 'running' through the woods, you got to love him. His fight scene with the mutant monster can only be described as momentous.
For those who are sick of multi-million dollar movies without personality or fun, than The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is strongly recommended.
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Larry Blamire wrote, directed and stars in this spoof of 1950s b&w science fiction movies that entertained audiences on Saturday afternoons. The movie is not perfect, but if you remember with affection films like Plan 9 from Outer Space and Attack of the Crab Monsters, you will laugh out loud many times. Written in 5 days and filmed in 10-1/2, from props to costumes the film captures the look of old sci-fi standards, and is even filmed in Bronson Canyon, the location of many a schlock feature, and uses vintage film music to excellent effect. While the plot, involving a good scientist and an evil scientist (both of whom travel with their microscopes), aliens and their escaped mutant and the evil lost skeleton (bought on eBay for $100), is very good, the script could have used one more rewrite, and the pacing in the middle third is way too slow. I'm giving it five stars despite those problems because I still laughed over and over, and the DVD features were great.
DVD extras include: a Q&A session at the film's 2002 premiere; trailer; a commentary track with Blamire and crew; a cast commentary; bloopers; cartoon; an 11-minute making-of featurette.
If you enjoy old sci-fi classics in spite of, or because of, the visible wires holding the creature costumes together, you should check out this funny and affectionate spoof.
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In THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA we are introduced to Dr. Paul Armstrong (Larry Blamire) and his lovely wife Betty (Fay Masterson) as they are going away to spend a few days in a lovely cottage in the woods so that Paul can study his science. The opening scene finds them asking for directions from a mysterious farmer (Robert Deveau) who has a strange and foreboding prescence. Unbeknownst to the Armstrongs, an alien ship from the planet Marva has been forced to land in the same woods. In order to fix their ship, the alien couple has to acquire part of the same substance the Paul is studying and after landing the aliens discover that their pet mutant (who is capable of digesting people whole) has gotten loose. As a final twist to the plot, an evil scientist, Dr. Roger Fleming (Brian Howe) is in the same area looking for the same substance that Paul is studying so that he can resurrect the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and become the most powerful lackey in the world. False identities are formed, massive animal killings take place, strange creatures are brought to life, inter-galatic friendships are formed, and all of it in the pursuit of science.

THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA is one of the most hilarious movies I have seen in a long time. It's perhaps the best parody movie to be made in the past decade. The film is a total spoof of the 1950s and early 1960s sci-fi creature features. All of the cliches of those films are paraodized to perfection; from the menacing farmer who seems to have a vision of things to come to the helpful law official (ranger) who is blinded about what is really going on to inexpensive props, mad scientists, bad dialogue, stereotypical gender roles, and a "scary" monster--THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA has it all.
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Corny, pretentious dialogue. Hokey special effects. Stereotypical characters. Inept pseudo-science. A lame plot full of holes.

So why even bother watching "Lost Skeleton of Cadavra"? Well, to start with, there's the fact that it's not a hokey sci-fi movie, but a clever, hilarious spoof of those old cheap movies made in the 1950s. It's gloriously pompous and idiotic, with some of the best/worst dialogue outside a Christopher Guest mockumentary. ("Why shake when we can touch other things... like lips.")

Scientist Paul Armstrong (Larry Blamire) and "scientist's wife" Betty (Fay Masterson) arrive at a rural area, looking for an asteroid made out of (I am NOT making this up) "atmosphereum." Little do they realize that evil Roger Fleming (Brian Howe) has found the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, which needs atmosphereum to move, and subsequently conquer the world, yada yada.

To make matters worse, a pair of aliens have landed. Not only do they ALSO need atmosphereum, but they have let a lethal Mutant loose on the countryside. Both the aliens and Roger manage to infiltrate the Armstrong cabin to find atmosphereum. Now Betty and Paul must befriend the aliens, and stop the evil Skeleton and the killer Mutant.

The entire movie is mockingly affectionate of those old sci-fi movies -- it's even filmed in the same location as most of them. The costumes are cheap, the aliens are cheesy, and very few of the events make any logical sense. When the Armstrongs and aliens sit in a spaceship and drink "cranberroid" juice from decorative candleholders, the goofiness is officially complete.

Admittedly, the plot does slow down to a crawl in the middle, and seems to temporarily lose its way.
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