The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra


Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
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  1. Delivers laughs most of the way through.
  2. Inspired, inventive and funnier than it has a right to be, Larry Blamire's loopy spoof of 1950s bargain-basement sci-fi and horror knock-offs gets it right where so many well-meaning efforts go wrong.
  3. 75
    A cheerfully trashy, dead-on spoof of the B-movie genre, boasts the kind of cheese-tastic effects, overcooked dialogue and rigid performances that would make Ed Wood proud.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Given that the B-to-Z movies parodied in Cadavra were funny to begin with, it begs the question as to why writer-director-star Larry Blamire and company bothered. I think they’re not so much nostalgic for this type of movie as they are for the kind of laughter it provoked.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Affectionate spoof merits appreciation as a not-so-dumb salute to another era's ultra-dumb genre conventions.
  6. A parody of B-movies stupid enough -- and yet with just enough brains -- to appeal to the most discriminating fans of the genre.
  7. 63
    A terrifyingly cheap-looking B-movie comedy mocking terrifyingly cheap-looking science-fiction B-movies. As such things go, this one has its moments.
  8. As deliberately silly as the film is, it is very knowing and carefully thought out.
  9. Writer-director Larry Blamire has clearly done his homework, and his playful cast nails the requisite acting-so-bad-it's-good pitch.
  10. 60
    Skeleton may be 100 percent cult-in-a-can, but aficionados should feel sated. All others are advised to bring copious amounts of controlled substances.
  11. 60
    A pitch-perfect parody of poverty row horror/sci-fi pictures of the 1950s, Larry Blamire's meticulous takeoff could easily be taken for the real thing, which is both its genius and its Achilles heel.
  12. The skeleton's a hoot, and the score, credited to the solo-monikered Valentino, is pitch-perfect. Some judicious editing would make a huge improvement, however, because even at 90 minutes, it feels like Blamire's stretching the joke a bit thin.
  13. Intended as a parody of B-movie fantasies from the '50s, this satire more directly lampoons kiddie thrillers like "Captain Video," putting it perilously close to the pop-culture trash it aims to mock.
  14. The Lost Skeleton also reminds you that real filmmaking -- the illusion of one event following another -- is actually a skill.
  15. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    A spot-on homage/parody of bad 1950's sci-fi movies.
  16. 40
    It’s amusing, but it also eventually becomes tedious, like a comedy sketch that milks a good joke just a little too long.
  17. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    One of the deadliest things I've ever sat through and which doesn't display someone's strange mind--only someone's predilection for sniggery camp.
  18. 38
    The photography, the dialogue, the acting, the script, the special effects and especially the props (such as a spaceship that looks like it would get a D in shop class) are all deliberately bad in the way that such films were bad when they were REALLY being made.
  19. Like all B-movies (or in this case, pseudo B-movies), "Skeleton" contains sparkling moments of promise and camp performance.
  20. 30
    The question remains: why work so hard to make something deliberately bad, when the world is hardly running a shortage of mediocre movies?
  21. 30
    Works just fine for the first half hour or so, but quickly devolves into a case of too much affection and not enough affliction.
  22. 30
    This didn't make me laugh much, but I liked the music, a patchwork of samples culled from the various atomic-monster epics.
  23. 20
    There's "so bad it's good," but there's also "just plain bad," and Skeleton's pre-processed shittiness spoils the fun.

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