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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

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A bad scientist and wife, a mad scientist and skeleton, two aliens and their escaped pet are all searching for the elusive element "atmospherium".

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A dedicated scientist, aided by his clueless wife, rolls up his shirt sleeves and tries to save the world from a radioactive monster, curious space aliens, an evil scientist and a crabby skeleton in this send-up of the best of the B movies of the 1950's. Written by Laurie Trotta

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This was the day the Earth was disemboweled in terror! See more »

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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September 2001 (USA)  »

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Cadavra elveszett csontváza  »

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$40,000 (estimated)

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$10,425 (USA) (6 February 2004)

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$110,536 (USA) (9 April 2004)
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Principal filming was done at Bronson Canyon, which was also used in filming many movies to which 'Cadavra' paid homage (the site permit was the single largest expense in the film's entire budget). Among the 50s science fiction and horror films shot at Bronson Canyon are: Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) , Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Earth vs the Spider (1958), It Conquered the World (1956), The Brain from Planet Arous (1957), King Dinosaur (1955), Invisible Invaders (1959), Night of the Blood Beast (1958), The Return of Dracula (1958), Robot Monster (1953), Teenage Cave Man (1958), and Teenagers from Outer Space (1959). The canyon gained additional fame from Batman (1966) for the 'exit' of the Bat Cave (which was actually used in filming 'Cadavra'). See more »

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Most errors in continuity and acting are purposeful and are part of the gag in recreating the '50s B movie experience. For example during the cabin sequence, Dr. Fleming's jacket disappears between shots immediately after Ranger Brad arrives, Animala suddenly sprouting furry gloves without explanation during the last half of her appearance in the film, the visible wires on the Skeleton, and the shoes of the actor portraying the mutant during some of the walking scenes. See more »

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Kro-Bar: Sorry, sometimes my wife forgets that she is not an alien from outer space.
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22 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dead-on spoof of bad b movies is just done so perfectly. Close ups are too close, edits are too slow, minor points are hammered home. It's as though the director has seen every bad movie every made and crammed them all into this one movie. He doesn't go for cheap laughs like technical screwups, it's actually the equivalent of a relatively well made grade z horror movie. It plays it all straight, although the movie will occasionally go ahead and throw in a laugh that's a little too smart for this type of movie.

This movie isn't any funnier than a true bad movie like Plan 9 from Outer Space, but it is more consistently funny. Real bad movies generally have some scenes so badly done that they are hysterical but also scenes that are just mediocre and tedious, but Skeleton keeps that so-awful-it's-wonderful feel throughout.

The director has proved he can create a very smart bad movie. I'll be curious to see what happens when he tries to create a good movie. 7/10


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