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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 7,243



Movie Info

When a rocket ship from the planet Marva crashlands on Earth, Krobar and Lattis, the husband and wife co-pilot team, are in for some nasty surprises. "This world is strange to us--even different!" There, at lovely Lake Arrowhead, the alien "Marvins" encounter good scientist Dr. Paul Armstrong and his wife Betty, who are in search of a mysterious meteor and the elusive element, Atmosphereum. Into this mix slithers evil scientist Fleming and a wise-cracking mutant skeleton.

PG (for brief mild language)
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Larry Blamire
In Theaters:
Jun 22, 2004
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Critic Reviews for The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

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 nonsense.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

Since there's no shortage of enjoyably bad movies out there, why settle for processed cheese when there's real cheddar to be devoured?

Full Review… | April 1, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A little too true to it sources and ends up reminding you just how boring inept acting, editing and story-telling can be.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Has been made by people who are trying to be bad, which by definition reveals that they are playing beneath their ability.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Stands out for its convincingly spellbound, Wood-like hermeticism: It feels like the very first '50s sci-fi parody ever made.

Full Review… | March 11, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Obey the skeleton. Forget all about Mesa of Lost Women. This is the one you've been looking for.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
East Bay Express

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A bland inside joke for genre aficionados.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2004
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

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.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2004

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

Full Review… | April 7, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 13, 2004
New Times

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

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

Mostly funny sendup of 50's Sci-Fi films is not as quirky or as witty as the similarly influenced 'Invasion!' but it still makes for a nice companion piece.

A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer


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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

I love these soft earth funnels.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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