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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  September 2001 (USA)
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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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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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Kro-Bar: Sorry, sometimes my wife forgets that she is not an alien from outer space.
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Not for everyone, but I loved it.
4 July 2004 | by (Barstow, CA) – See all my reviews

I knew this was going to be very much an homage/parody-type of movie, but I still expected to be disappointed, overall; however, I was not. I was amazed at how authentic the cast and crew was about this film.

I presume most people won't like this movie because most people would not know how to appreciate it.

The dialogue in the movie is very well-done, as well as overdone, but that was just fine with me, because I understand the homagesness (I know that's not a real word, but I don't know how to say "dedication to honouring the silliness of old b-movie cheesiness").

I must admit that another portion of this film that totally captivated me was Jennifer Blaire (Animala), but I know I'd still adore the movie, even if she was not part of it.

I've only seen one other movie in my life that seemed to have the same kind of dedication to the "legend" or "spirit" of old, no-budget sci-fi movies, which is "Invasion", but that movie was not as dedicated. "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" had the B&W applied to it, and there was no cussing or violence either. Even though I'm a horror movie fan and violence really never bugs me, I didn't miss it while watching this movie, because this movie was so darn dedicated (how many times have I used that word so far?). These kind of movies are either hit-or-miss; I've seen a few movies in the 90's that tried to do the same thing, and they were ultra-terrible. You just need to have the right-minded folks at the keyboard and behind and in front of the camera, and "Lost Skeleton" has it.




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