Throughout the 1950s, Hollywood saw a lot of filmmakers making quite a few movies that were made for a cheap, low budget. Mostly in the science fiction and horror genres. Movies like “Robot Monster” and of course “Plan 9 from Outer Space” have been called worthy of films that are so bad that they have to be seen because of their bad quality in their production. Luckily, with 2004’s “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra”, we get a fantastic recreation of all those bad films from the 1950s; from bad continuity to over-the-top acting, the movie is a great tribute to cheesy B-movies of the era. But maybe it does its job a little too well. “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra” is an amazing tribute to all things schlock of yesteryear.
The plot has three different groups of people, each with their own unique agenda. A scientist and his wife are searching for meteor that has landed in the mountains. An evil scientist wants to revive the title character so that he can, you guessed it, take over the world. A pair of aliens have crash landed on Earth, unleashing a horrible mutant in the process, and must find a way to get back home. All of these people must come together to stop the threat known as: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!
“The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra” is a great homage to all of the cheesy, low budget science fiction/horror films of the 50s. The writing’s bad as well as the dialogue. The special effects are terrible as you can clearly see the strings on some of the props. The cast does such an over-the-top performance, it’s laughable to watch. Yet, the movie is so fun to watch. Everyone involved with the project knew that this was bad, but they had a blast doing it. Especially since the movie was filmed in Southern California, a place where movies are not being filmed anymore. The cinematography is great is the film is in black and white giving it its nostalgia look. The movie is bad enough that you can’t help but enjoy it. It’s definitely one of those films where it doesn’t need to be taken seriously.
And while the film is intentionally bad, that’s basically the one joke. It’s an expanded tribute to the B-movies that goes on for an hour and a half.
In conclusion, “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra” is a bad movie that has some good connections going for it.