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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".

Director:

Larry Blamire

Writer:

Larry Blamire
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fay Masterson ... Betty Armstrong
Andrew Parks ... Kro-Bar
Susan McConnell Susan McConnell ... Lattis
Brian Howe ... Dr. Roger Fleming
Jennifer Blaire ... Animala
Larry Blamire ... Dr. Paul Armstrong
Dan Conroy ... Ranger Brad
Robert Deveau Robert Deveau ... The Farmer
Darrin Reed ... The Mutant
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Paul Armstrong: Mutilate... Mutant... I wonder.
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Crazy Credits

The End? Or Is It? Isn't it more like a kind of beginning in a way? Like a new beginning? For everyone? Hm... I wonder... Oh well. See more »

Alternate Versions

A slightly shortened version (one scene removed) of "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" was released by Sony/Tristar (with a 2003 copyright); 35mm prints played commercially, theatrically early in 2004. Columbia Tristar Home Video released a special edition DVD in the summer of 2004. Another company also exhibited this particular print overseas. See more »

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Oh yeah, he's a scientist
21 July 2004 | by conkeestadorSee all my reviews

`Betty, you know what this meteor could mean to science. It could mean actual advances in the field of science'. I laughed so hard my teeth hurt. Unfortunately, the world is full of knuckle dragging mouth breathers who are not capable of appreciating fine parody. If you are a knuckle dragging mouth breather (or a big Ashton Kutcher fan) you are going to hate this movie.

Be warned, there are gigantic plot holes. The acting is wooden to say the least. The special effects are not at all special and look like they could have been done by a 10 year old. All of the clichés are covered. The woman runs around in high heels and faints at the first sign of danger. There is an evil scientist, aliens (from another planet), a mutant, and a skeleton. And let's not forget Animala (rowrr). Made up of four woodland creatures, she steals the show. In short, it is an incredibly accurate and funny send-up of 50's drive-in movies.

I recommend it to those with a more advanced sense of humor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,425, 8 February 2004

Gross USA:

$143,121

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$143,121
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (production logos)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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