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THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Larry Blamire

Starring:
Larry Blamire
Fay Masterson
Andrew Parks
Susan McConnell

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Extras:  
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What's it about
"We take our horrible mutilations seriously around these parts."-Ranger Brad

A science-doing scientist takes a trip to a remote location in search of earth's most precious material: atmosphereum. Little does he know, there's some competition: an Evil Scientist who's looking to revive an Evil Skeleton master, and a pair of stranded aliens who have lost their mutant and need to get back home!
Is it good movie?
The answer to this question, 'is it a good movie', is an emphatic yes. This is one of the funniest movies i've seen in a long time, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. This flick, for those who don't know, is a send up of the old days of modern scholck filmmaking, hearkening back to films like Plan 9 From Outer Space. It's all shot in black and white, and is chock full of stock instrumental music that will make your nostalgic heart beat.

The most amazing thing is that this spoof/homage works on every level. In fact, you may have a hard time believing that it isn't an old clunker. All of the conventions are laid out in front of the audience and lovingly mocked: the 'housewife', the foolhardy science hero who doesn't really know much about science, the aliens who feel the need to explain plot points over and over again, the hilariously awful 'mutant', and the king of kings, the animated living skeleton who will haunt your dreams.

What impressed me most is how difficult it must have been to walk the line between absurd and clever, and how well the filmmakers nailed it. The plot is pure cheese, and sure to ring familiar, and there are so many laugh out loud moments that if you're anything like me, you'll be quoting this one at will with all your buddies. In fact, i've already forgotten more hilarious moments than most modern comedies have these days. If you enjoy tribute/spoof flicks like Shaun of the Dead and the more recent Slither, please do yourself a favor and seek this out, I can't say enough good things about it, and i'm sure it's destined to be one of my favorite films. In the words of the immortal Lost Skeleton, "I Sleep Now!"
Video / Audio
Our black and white picture comes to us in glorious 1:85 anamorphic widescreen, and is also filmed in the miracle of SKELETORAMA~!

Audio is a nice dolby 5.1 track that captures the cheese perfectly.
The Extras
"As a scientist I just wish I could appreciate more things like cabins... bicycles... " -Dr. Paul Armstrong

This one's fairly loaded with extras, so let's dig in.

We begin with the Trailer, which is a perfect sampler of what you're going to get. It's quite hilarious and only leaves you wanting more.

The Skeleton Frolic Cartoon is a short little animated film that may have inspired this flick, and features awesome retro animations of skeletons, well..frolicking about, and playing various musical instruments. Neato.

The Obey the Lost Skeleton! Featurette is basically a 10 minute little fluff piece which interviews the actors involved, and the idea behind the flick. Nothing much to see here.

Q & A At the American Cinematheque is exactly what it says it is: an audience tossing questions at the cast and crew after a test screening. I was hoping this would have been better, but this was still a great little piece, which answers all those hard to answer questions about this one. The film was shot in just over a week! I also laughed and smiled quite a bit during this feature, seeing how much the guys and gals involved loved making it, and it showed.

I expected the blooper reel to be about 4 hours long, because I cannot begin to imagine how much the cast and crew must have died laughing while making this. It's a lot of fun while it lasts and they had to have left out so much.

Virtual Skelectables is a really awesome gallery of phony promotional items that would have been out to capitalize on the movie's marketing, like board games, pins, bubble gum cards, lunchboxes, you name it. It's great, and really has a retro feel to it, and meticulous care was taken to bring it around. I really thought this was a quality feature.

Finally two awesome commentaries: one with the Cast, and one with the Crew which are just chock full of knowledge and absolute must listens.

Oh, and there's also some trailers for 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, The Holy Grail, Mr. Sardonicus, The Tingler, Hellboy, Memories, Tokyo Godfathers, and Funnier in Color (old flicks colorized). Awesome touch with the retro trailers.
Last Call
This is one of the freshest, funniest films i've seen in a long time, and I absolutely loved it. It has its tongue firmly planted in cheek, and the acting is pefectly, purposely bad. The film was made by friends who love the genre, and it really shows that if you dig what you're doing, it pays off. It's not scary, it's not gory, it's not vulgar, but its absolutely hilarious and belongs on a horror fan's shelf, as long as you appreciate a bit of satire. All will bow to the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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