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The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2009 (USA)
Jerranium 90, a "little rock" that made all the papers, is buried deep within the Amazon. And everybody wants it, including crooked importer Handscomb Draile, slimy Gondreau Slykes, cheap ... See full summary »

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Larry Blamire

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Larry Blamire
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Cast overview, first billed only:
H.M. Wynant ... General Scottmanson
Frank Dietz ... Reet Pappin
Christine Romeo Christine Romeo ... Sandra Fleming
Brian Howe ... Peter Fleming
Fay Masterson ... Betty Armstrong
Robert Deveau Robert Deveau ... Handscomb Draile
Kevin Quinn Kevin Quinn ... Carl Traeger
Larry Blamire ... Dr. Paul Armstrong
Daniel Roebuck ... Gondreau Slykes
Susan McConnell Susan McConnell ... Lattis
Andrew Parks ... Kro-Bar
Dan Conroy ... Jungle Brad
Trish Geiger ... Dr. Ellamy Royne
Jennifer Blaire ... Animala
Alison Martin ... Chinfa - Queen of the Cantaloupe People
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Jerranium 90, a "little rock" that made all the papers, is buried deep within the Amazon. And everybody wants it, including crooked importer Handscomb Draile, slimy Gondreau Slykes, cheap crook Carl Traeger and evil scientist Dr. Ellamy Royne. Written by Anonymous

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retro | retro horror | See All (2) »

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So Terrifying You'll Wish It Were Only a Movie!

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Comedy

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Not Rated
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Trivia

Of the five characters encoring from the first Lost Skeleton film (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)), all but Dr. Paul Armstrong wear the same costumes they did in the original. See more »

Quotes

Gondreau Slykes: [Hears a noise] What was that?
[pause]
Gondreau Slykes: Hmm, probably just nothing. These things usually turn out to be just nothing. It would be my luck if it turned out to be something, just this one time...
[the Lost Skeleton's head starts floating behind him]
Gondreau Slykes: I heard it again! Could it still be nothing if you hear it twice?
[Gets attacked by the skeleton head]
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

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The Cantaloupe Dance
Composed and Performed by Bill Ferguson
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Skelly's back, and he's cranky!
8 July 2009 | by Silent_LarrySee all my reviews

Oh wait, he was cranky to start with.

I shouldn't have to even mention basic rule of thumb for sequels; they stink, with the occasional exception. I'm happy to report that this is one of those exceptions. Counting myself as a fan of THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, I give this follow-up my seal of approval - a huge relief as I was braced for the worst, knowing the Sequel Rule and all.

The prior film covered a raft of 50's-to-early 60's SF B-movie sub-genres: crashed meteor/Ed-Woodish aliens/rampaging mutant/cat-woman/haunted skull. THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN picks up most all of that and rolls it in a cheesy (of course deliberately so) jungle adventure, harking to movies like LOST CONTINENT (1951) or THE LOST WORLD (1960) or THE LOST _(insert noun here)_. A host of time honored jungle movie clichés are subjected to a Blamiring they shall not soon forget.

All of the cast and nearly all of the characters from TLSOC characters show up in TLSRA, which is a bit of a trick as a couple of them were killed off in the last picture. This seeming non sequitur is explained away in the finest tradition of cheesy film making, and it's on with the show.

Like TLSOC, there is a broad range of humor going on with appeal to all ages; from visual gags to genre in-jokes. Thus providing grown-ups with stuff to quote and kids with hijinks to giggle at.

The standard question when it comes to sequels goes something like "does it work if you haven't seen the previous film?" I'm disqualified to answer in this case, but my money is on 'yes'. There's enough continuity and in-jokes to make persnickety fans happy, but not so much that it would put off first timers - as far as I can tell. But as usual, seeing the previous film first is a plus.

Larry Blamire movies tend to result in either a love-or-hate state. Like most cult movies, it seems you're either a fan of TLSOC who never tires of watching it and quote it in your sleep, or you're one of those who doesn't like it. Bottom line, if you didn't care for the first movie, this one isn't going to make you any happier. But the many fans of THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA will get along just fine with THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN.


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2009 (USA) See more »

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Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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