I remember watching the old Science Fiction B movies on the sci-fi channel when it started broadcasting in the 90’s. In fact I remember watching some of the corniest sci-fi out there on that channel, and absolutely loving it! I think some of the greatest movies out there from that time period was the “B-Movie” the scripts were horrific and clever at the same time, the acting bad (but in that time that’s not much of a statement) But largely, the creativity of the time was lost to the pandering films that are predominate today
But look out! 2001 saw Larry Blamire write, and direct the campiest B movie that I’ve seen in a long time! In fact he even played the Scientist lead in the movie. The film were talking about here: “The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra.” This movie was written to be corny, budgeted to be corny, and the delivery of acting talent checkmate and matched for an experience that either brought you back to the B-movie era or introduced you to the genre.
The joke in this movie is, take all the corny, irritatingly simple plots, simplistic and badly delivered dialogue, bad special effects and the obvious stereotypes and make them even more painfully obvious through the film. For instance: The B-Movies of the past had a bad habit of having scientists that had no specialty and or actual career…they were just there. This movie delivered that perfectly! Also prevalent in the film was the stereotypical blond female of the genre. You know the one I’m talking about, the one that starts out not understanding anything about whats going on around her until the end. I didn’t know whether she was going to die or become a hero! Basically watching this movie shows you every production, acting and writing problem that made B-Movies so bad, and yet so good at the same time.
The best thing about Lost Skeleton is you don’t forget that this is a movie paying homage to an old and now forgotten genre. The cast, with such names as Jennifer Blaire (The Majestic), Fay Masterson (Eyes Wide Shut), Andrew Parks (Donnie Brasco) and Susan McConnell (The Rosa Parks Story 2002) did a superb job of acting badly, being corny and just having fun. The writer, the earlier mentioned Larry Blamire, did a spectacular job balancing the duties of writing, directing and staring in “Lost Skeleton”.
The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra is a great movie to have on hand for Halloween parties and gatherings, and an excellent edition to your B-Movie library. Over all it gets an A from me.