When people think of movies that are “so bad, they’re good,” some will recall director Ed Wood and his classic Plan 9 from Outer Space, still considered one of the worst movies ever made. However, some movies took this structure and made it an advantage.
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is a spoof of the 1950s B-movie horror genre movies that were well-publicized but didn’t star anyone famous and filmed in color but turned black and white in post-production. The film stars writer-director Larry Blamire as Dr. Paul Armstrong, along with Fay Masterson as his wife, Betty. In The Lost Skeleton, they hunt for atmosphereum, a fictional element, which happens to lead to a smorgasbord of silliness, including mutants, aliens, and the appearance of the legendary Lost Skeleton itself.
The film itself is clearly a comedy, but the actors portray it as a serious film – just as the actors did in the old Ed Wood movies, such as Glen or Glenda? and, of course, Plan 9 from Outer Space.
With lines like, “I hate to see people get horribly mutilated,” “Quick! Fold yourself in the middle,” and “Seriously, we’ll wash the dishes before we leave,” The Lost Skeleton certainly provides many laughs for the audience. The “drama” is portrayed so seriously that it gives this film a comedic level that few comedies these days can obtain.
My biggest love for this movie comes in that it’s a movie that you can watch multiple times and still laugh about it. The movie’s lines are silly, repetitive, and sometimes just plain laughable, yet they’re delivered in a way that makes the movie so much funnier than it would be if it had been done as a comedy. This movie is a must-see.
QUALITY – 5/5
LENGTH – 4/5
CHARACTERS – 5/5
TIMELESSNESS – 5/5
AVERAGE – 5/5