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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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From the company that brought you "Zombies of Mora Tau" and "Lawrence of Arabia." See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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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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The words "scream gem" in the trailer's tagline "It's another scream gem from the company that brought you Zombies of Mora Tau and Lawrence of Arabia" refers to the Columbia Pictures subsidiary Screen Gems, the television distribution arm of Columbia Pictures. Notable for first bringing the classic Universal horror films, and the Three Stooges shorts to television to be admired by the baby boomers of the 1950's, the company would soon be recognized by it's TV sitcoms like Bewitched, I Dream Of Jeannie, and The Partridge Family. In 1974 Screen Gems changed it's name to Columbia Pictures Television, retiring the Screen Gems name. Columbia Pictures resurrected the Screen Gems name for it's lower budgeted, genre film releases, beginning with the film Arlington Road, released in 1999. 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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Dr. Paul Armstrong: Looks like a perfect day for hunting space rocks, wouldn't you say Betty?
Betty Armstrong: Oh Paul, I'm frightened.
Dr. Paul Armstrong: Wh-what is it darling? What's the matter? Tell me?
Betty Armstrong: I don't know. Nothing I can put my finger on. Not something I can see or touch or feel. But something I can't quite see or touch or feel or put my finger on.
Dr. Paul Armstrong: Oh well. Shall we find that meteor?
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Hugely entertaining film for low-budget classic sci-fi and humor fans
2 August 2004 | by (Virginia Beach, VA) – See all my reviews

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Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is a remarkable little film that recreates the look and feel of old low-budget black and white sci fi films, but it has a refreshing spirit all its own that is smart and silly at the same time. You've never seen a film like this before. It's the best new film I've seen in years.

Lost Skeleton is fun in its own right because it takes the archetypes of sci fi and its cliché's and mixes them together to make something that is more entertaining than straight parody.

Those who look at Lost Skeleton as only parody or a recreation of old movies are missing Blamire's unique accomplishment. It's a mixture of late 50's pompousness and innocence with modern perspective and grace.

Done in good taste that reflects the boy-scout best of the 50's genre, the movie is unlike anything else that Hollywood or indies are putting out. It's refreshing, inviting, friendly, goofy, and true to a singular vision.

I've seen it now with four different small audiences, and for the most part everyone has enjoyed it immensely. You need to view this film with a group to get the most out of it--it's easily the most quotable movie I've ever seen. Blamire's sense of those delightfully absurd pitfalls many sci-fi writers have fallen into time and again is uncanny. Halfway between Shakespeare and Ed Wood, almost every line of dialogue is a wooden comic gem laced with a sense of sweetness rather than mean-spiritedness. It's hard to tell where the parody ends and the celebration of these loftily ambitious lines begins.

This makes the film a joy to watch again and again. Blamire is hitting something deeper than a stiff sci-fi parody, and his touch makes this a much greater film than on the surface it has any right to be.

I predict that Lost Skeleton will go the way of Young Frankenstein and establish itself as a comedy classic over the next couple of decades. It's just that good. Perhaps indescribably good, but I did my best.


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