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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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... Betty Armstrong
... Kro-Bar
Susan McConnell ... Lattis
... Dr. Roger Fleming
... Animala
... Dr. Paul Armstrong
... Ranger Brad
Robert Deveau ... The Farmer
... 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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Cadavra elveszett csontváza  »

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$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,425, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$143,121, 15 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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Ranger Brad: Well again I didn't mean to throw a damper. Believe me that's the last thing I'd like to throw. I don't want to throw anything at all really. But when folks are horribly mutilated, I feel it's my job to tell others. We take our horrible mutilations seriously up in these parts.
Betty Armstrong: I'm sure you do. Honey, the Ranger's just doing his job.
Dr. Paul Armstrong: Of course he is. I'm sorry Ranger Brad. I guess all this talk of horrible mutilation has me on edge.
Ranger Brad: That's all right Dr. Armstrong. This horrible mutilation has a ...
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This One Took Me Back
21 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I really liked this movie, and I think those of us old enough to remember the awful sci-fi films shown on TV on the weekends (in the afternoons and, especially, late at night, when the TV stations figured no one sane or sober was watching) can really appreciate the satire. Dialog isn't the only thing that is parodied, although the purposely stilted, strained dialog here is very funny. I also enjoy the clunky editing - the long close-ups, the awkward reaction shots - as well as the claustrophobic scenery and the props that look like whatever happened to be in someone's garage at the time. The people who made this film have apparently seen and studied many of these old sci-fi/horror films, and have made an affectionate and accurate send-up of the genre. Lack of subtlety was a hallmark of such films, and the makers here get it just right.


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