The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11

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  1. CameronS.
    Apr 2, 2004
    4
    Several friends of mine made an exceptionally campy film called "What Man Becomes." It is about humanoid aliens (or is it?) who are trying to kill the dumb people of today in order to make a better future in a world less overpopulated. They created a highly entertaining, campy delight. However, they did not want to make a campy B-movie, but were instead interest in making a witty popcorn Several friends of mine made an exceptionally campy film called "What Man Becomes." It is about humanoid aliens (or is it?) who are trying to kill the dumb people of today in order to make a better future in a world less overpopulated. They created a highly entertaining, campy delight. However, they did not want to make a campy B-movie, but were instead interest in making a witty popcorn movie. They achieved that goal, and if I had to choose between paying $8 to see their 30-minute film on the big screen or The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, I?d definitely see What Man Becomes. The ?Lost Skeleton of Cadavra? is like the TV show, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, except instead of being an audience watching an audience make fun of a bad movie, we become the middle men while there is no one watching us laugh at a bad movie, which is like watching the MST3K movies without the guys ? how dull. The movie was filmed in Skeletorama, which apparently makes all present-day things look like digitized versions of Ed Wood movies. The plot is about a good scientist and his wife, a cockeyed, dumb evil scientist, and a shipwrecked alien couple are in search of atmosphereum, which with a tablespoons-worth could take us from Earth to the Moon six times, roundtrip. I kept track at the amount of times I laughed, and it is a number that can be counted amongst your hands and feet. One of these laughs worth ruining is when Dr. Fleming asks Ranger Brad about the Cadavra cave. Ranger Brad asks ?You don?t believe in those silly stories, do you?? Dr. Fleming replies, ?Of course not I?m a scientist, I don?t believe in anything.? When the films routine started to get very tiring and wearisome, I was reminded of a far superior and more focused skit on Saturday Night Live that involved the funny black guy playing a serial-type adventurer of space who meets big breasted alien girls and speaks his mind about what he would want to do to them. That skit could be tiring if it were a 90-minute film, but at a brisk four minutes, it produces plenty of laughs and fun, which is what Lost Skeleton of Cadavra should be, a four minute skit. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra?s goal was to be an authentically campy 50?s movie. It has achieved its goal to the extent that it is an unentertaining snooze-fest of sloppy filmmaking where everybody is working below their talents. The filmmakers may have achieved their goal, but I can still despise it for having such a low standard of entertainment. Note: There is an animated short that plays before the movie that is more efficiently a replica of old Disney musical shorts of the 1930?s. In its infinitesimal running time, it produces as many laughs as The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. Expand
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. 40
    A spot-on homage/parody of bad 1950's sci-fi movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Affectionate spoof merits appreciation as a not-so-dumb salute to another era's ultra-dumb genre conventions.
  3. 40
    It’s amusing, but it also eventually becomes tedious, like a comedy sketch that milks a good joke just a little too long.