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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

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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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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September 2001 (USA)  »

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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), 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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Betty Armstrong: Moons... teaspoons... that's all gibberish to me I'm afraid.
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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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