It’s got aliens, it’s got murder, it’s filmed in Skeletorama, it’s got a talking skeleton … it’s The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!
Filmed in 2004, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra was made to look like a 1950s black and white B-movie. You know you’re in for a treat when a single person (Larry Blamire in this case) wrote, directed, and starred in the film. Blamire even provides the voice of the titular skeleton. At least he doesn’t star as the film’s sensuous Animala. (That would be Blamire’s wife, Jennifer.)
“Well, I suppose if I had wanted a safe life, I wouldn’t have married a man who studies rocks.”
Made for less than $100k, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is something between a tribute and a parody of those terrible B-movies. Think “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” but done intentionally. Before watching the film I wasn’t too sure that the idea would work — I mean, aren’t there enough unintentionally bad B-movies out there already without the need to make a new one intentionally? My initial trepidation was unfounded; The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is a howler of a flick.
In 2008 Blamire released the sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again. This film feels more like a parody than an original work, but it is no less funny. If you need a break from the scares this Halloween, both films are worth watching.
Both films are available to rent (disc-only) via Netflix.
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