The Lost Skeletons of Cadavra on DVD
Schlock horror or sci-fi movies can be a lot of fun, and spoofs of such schlock
can be even more fun.
Were reminded of Amazon Women on the Moon, Flesh Gordon, Army of Darkness
and, more recently, Bubba Ho-tep.
Except for one really big thing: the abovementioned movies are all good.
Which brings us to the Lost Skeletons of Cadavra, a black and white throwback
to the black and white throwaways of the 1950s. This movie reminds us
of Plan 9 from Outer Space, except that Skeletons is deliberately bad whereas
Plan 9 was merely bad.
Writer/Director/Star Larry Blamire gives us a little bit of alien invasion,
creature creation and some dogs breakfast. The story surrounds the search
for the rarest element, atmosphereum, which is being sought by various parties
including competing aliens and humans.
What we get is an hour and a half of really cheesy dialog, really cheesy acting,
really cheesy production values and really cheesy special effects. This makes
it no surprise that the result is a really cheesy movie.
The movie was apparently shot in Bronson Canyon, where many cheap B-pictures
were made over the years.
The plot, such as it is, sees Martians crash landing on earth and releasing
a mutant upon the landscape as they search for the elusive atmosphereum (which
theyll undoubtedly discover to be a real breath of fresh air). Meanwhile,
a mad scientist (there has to be a mad scientist, doesnt there?) re-awakens
a mysterious, talking skeleton that may possibly hold the key to world domination
(there has to be a world domination plot, doesnt there?).
The theres Animala, a half-woman, half-animal beatnik-type thingy who
during a dinner scene combines with the aliens (who are trying to hide the fact
that theyre aliens) to provide the funniest sequence of the movie!
Its all rather silly and even rather lame and even 89 minutes is too
long. But on the other hand, while this one didnt elicit the chortles
for which wed hoped, its worth seeing if only for its unbridled
silliness. Besides, we want to encourage this type of movie because they can
be so much fun.
If you grew up watching creature features on TV (or if youre older still,
watching them in the movie theaters), youll probably get a kick out of
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. If youre looking for a high quality spoof
or even a high quality sci-fi/horror flick, youll probably want to look
elsewhere. And thats fine: this movie doesnt pretend to be anything
other than it is an homage to the schlock films of yesteryears.
The DVDs fine. Its presented in black and white, of course, so
the colors leave a bit to be desired (ya think?), but the picture is presented
in anamorphic widescreen - though its also rather cheesy looking, which
is undoubtedly intentional.
Audio is Dolby Digital and it matches the quality of the picture. You wont
want this movie to use as a home theater showcase, but of course that isnt
what its all about anyway.
Extras include a director/cast commentary, character commentary, a blooper
reel, a Q&A featurette at the American Cinematheque. You also get an "Obey
the Skeleton" making-of featurette, photo gallery, Skeleton Frolic" short
film and bonus trailers of actual 1950s horror films that are a real blast from
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
89 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital
Starring May Masterson, Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell, Larry Blarmire
Produced by F. Miguel Valenti
Written and directed by Larry Blamire
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