The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, written and directed by Larry Blamire, is an independent film spoof of sci-fi monster B-movies of the 50’s. The story begins when rock scientist Dr. Paul Armstrong and his air head wife Betty on their way to a cabin in the woods. They are soon lost, but get directions from Ranger Brad who informs them about a mutant mutilating people: “Well again I didn’t mean to throw a damper. Believe me that’s the last thing I’d like to throw. I don’t want to throw anything at all really. But when folks are horribly mutilated, I feel it’s my job to tell others. We take our horrible mutilations seriously up in these parts.”
The central plot revolves around an element called atmosphereum, which can fuel the stranded alien couple Kro-Bar and Lattis’s rocket: “You think the earth people think we are strange, you think? It is strange how the ways of different people on different planets differ.”
It can also bring a lost skeleton back to life, and evil scientist Dr. Roger Fleming does just that: “You’re against me, aren’t you? Of course you are. All Skeletons are against me; they always have been. Even when I was a child I was hated by skeletons.”
The movie is very involved, with several characters that seem to be randomly thrown together (Animala literally). However, for an intentionally “bad” movie, it works splendidly. All plot points are (mostly) pulled together. And the sight gags are hilarious. From Animala’s enchanting rock dance to watching a skeleton awkwardly climb over rocks, they are some of the funniest things I have seen in cinema. The script is just fantastic; each sentence seems to be carefully constructed to be absolutely brilliant when said with a straight face. Nothing I say can truly convey how funny this movie is. If you like B-movies, spoofs, ridiculousness, or comedy in general, see this movie!
As Dr. Armstrong says “You know what this meteor could mean to science. If we find it, and it’s real, it could mean a lot. It could mean actual advances in the field of science.”
Already seen it? Check out Blamire’s other movies, including Trail of the Screaming Forehead, Dark and Stormy Night, and the sequel to The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: The Lost Skeleton Returns Again There is also a third sequel in production: The Lost Skeleton Walks Among Us.