Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

Director: Larry Blamire

Starring: Fay Masterson, Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell, Brian Howe, Jennifer Blaire, Larry Blamire, Dan Conroy, Robert Deveau, Darrin Reed

More info: IMDb

Tagline: This was the day the Earth was disemboweled in terror!

Plot: A dedicated scientist, aided by his clueless wife, rolls up his shirt sleeves and tries to save the world from a radioactive monster, curious space aliens, an evil scientist and a crabby skeleton in this send-up of the best of the B movies of the 1950's.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Rowerrrrr!

Often times when someone sets out to make a picture as ambitious as this, it falls flat. Now this may not be a home run but it is a movie that's fun and captures the silliness of the flicks of the 50s. They also added lots of humor to let you know it's perfectly OK to laugh. LSoC looks like it was a really fun shoot for the cast and crew. I'm Jealous. One of the biggest things Blamire got right was using a score composed of stock library cues that were actually used in a lot of the films they're so fondly recalling. It's a brilliant stroke that goes a long way in living out the conceit. I've seen it twice already and I'm looking forward to hearing the commentary and seeing the other films that Blamire and pals have made. There's some real talent here and it'd be a shame not to encourage it. Besides, maybe Jennifer Blaire (who plays Animala, the sexy gal who does the animal dance) will show up again and make things all tingly again. Rowerrrrr!

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