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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 33

Lost Skeleton is clever at spoofing B-movies, but the joke isn't sustainable for its running time.

57

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 9

Lost Skeleton is clever at spoofing B-movies, but the joke isn't sustainable for its running time.

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Mad scientists, bug-eyed monsters, alien invaders, and black-clad women who perform interpretive dances battle for center stage in this parody of '50s sci-fi flicks. Dr. Paul Armstrong (Larry Blamire) is a scientist studying alien rock formations that have crashed to Earth. When Armstrong and his wife Betty (Fay Masterson) learn that a cache of Atmospherium, a radioactive mineral found in meteorites, has been found in the desert, he sets out to find it, but he has competition -- Dr. Fleming

PG,

Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Larry Blamire

Jun 22, 2004

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (33) | DVD (18)

It's all great fun, and Blamire has at least as promising a future as all this dot.com nonsense.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Since there's no shortage of enjoyably bad movies out there, why settle for processed cheese when there's real cheddar to be devoured?

April 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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A little too true to it sources and ends up reminding you just how boring inept acting, editing and story-telling can be.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It's not really cheese, it's Velveeta. As many who have tried have learned, midnight movies can not be manufactured, they must be discovered.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Has been made by people who are trying to be bad, which by definition reveals that they are playing beneath their ability.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Stands out for its convincingly spellbound, Wood-like hermeticism: It feels like the very first '50s sci-fi parody ever made.

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Obey the skeleton. Forget all about Mesa of Lost Women. This is the one you've been looking for.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Everything is just half-hearted in spite of the entertainment value.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A bland inside joke for genre aficionados.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Watching campy movies can be almost as funny as as watching a well-written comedy. However, watching a movie that intentionally mimics bad filmmaking is excruciating.

July 16, 2004

It sounds like a marvelous idea... until you actually watch the movie.

June 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comment (1)
Creative Loafing

No, Cadavra isn't for everyone, but what a great gift to fans of drive-in flicks the world over.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Blamire tires to re-create [Ed] Wood's stilted dialogue, but just because Wood was bad, it doesn't mean this is an easy job.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

In a way, this failure is a product of its success: so adept is Blamire's backhanded homage that it results in a film every bit as gruelling as its antecedents.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

An affectionate, amusing tribute to the Ed Wood-style, no-budget science fiction films of the 1950s.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It's campy, bad, and fun. Unfortunately, "bad" isn't always good.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

When such amazing artifacts of genuine 1950s ineptitude as 'Robot Monster' are available on DVD, it's hard to imagine why anyone would prefer this ersatz cult readymade...

March 30, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

[The] slavish devotion to the shlock of the '50s that prevents the movie from ever becoming anything more than a bizarre curiosity.

March 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There are only so many jabs you can take at B-movie genre tropes before you run out of gags.

March 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Some judicious editing would make a huge improvement, however, because even at 90 minutes, it feels like Blamire's stretching the joke a bit thin.

March 13, 2004 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Very clever and very daffy, and it will remind you how delicious trash cinema can be.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

A well-engineered B-Movie. It's quite funny in parts. Intentionally cheap and cheesy. The actors did well to ham up their roles. I got a bit bored with how over-the-top things kept being.
August 3, 2007
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I love these soft earth funnels.
June 21, 2007
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Curtis Lilly

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Like Spinal Tap and The Office left people scratching their heads, wondering "Is this real, or what?", this movie tried to emulate some of the cheesier horror flicks of the 50s and 60s (mostly of the MST3K caliber), and while it was shot in b/w, had bad effects and ponderous dialog, it was shot on video (!), thereby removing any doubt. The best way to do comedy (the poet reckoned), especially satire, is straight, and this movie is constantly winking at the audience, rather than going on with a straight face. Some funny stuff, but ultimately didn't work for me.
December 29, 2006
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Steve B.

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