Friday, June 29, 2018

Two Movie Reviews for the Price of One!

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

Reviewed by
Joe Bonadonna

 "I'm a scientist, Ranger Brad. I don't believe in anything."

Having seen this wonderfully campy film several years ago, I mentioned to my friend and fellow author, Ted Rypel, that I wanted to see it again; Ted is good friends with the film's star, writer and director, Larry Blamire. So Ted bought me a copy and had it sent to me. This is a highly-enjoyable film, a nostalgic romp back in time for those of us who grew up on films like this -- except those films were unintentionally funny. This film has every intention of making you laugh and smile. Larry Blamire's silly and brilliantly funny spoof of those old, black-and-white sci-fi films of the 1950s and early 1960s is even better the second time around. Two scientists, one more dim-witted than the other, are searching for a meteor that contains the most valuable "mineral" in the universe: atmospherium. Professor Paul Armstrong, one of the scientists played by Larry Blamire himself, does "science things." His wife, Betty, is the perfect 1950s housewife, and not too bright herself. "I know it's hard being a scientist's wife, being the wife of scientist," he tells her at one point. The aliens from the planet Mavra are also in need of the atmospherium to repair their damaged spaceship, which looks as if it was made by a 10 year-old kid out of tin foil and an empty paper towel role. Both aliens are as dumb and as strange as you can get, and they drink cherry wine out of candle holders! An evil scientist uses the aliens' caulk-gun gizmo to turn four forest creatures into a sexy but very bizarre human woman who likes to dance to rock and roll music. The mutant is the funniest looking and most hilariously conceived creature since those old Italian "pepla" films. The lost skeleton itself is held together by wires and manipulated with strings that are all too clearly visible. He's a wise-cracking skeleton straight out of vaudeville. Every time the skeleton appeared on screen I kept expecting him to use that old Three Stooges' gag: "Greetings, gents! My name is Red!" To which Curly replied: "Oh, Red Skeleton!" But Blamire is too clever a filmmaker to borrow a bit from another source. With quotable dialogue that is far from clich├ęd and you won't see coming at you, with the cheesiest special FX since Ed Wood picked up a camera, with a silliness that is highly contagious, and with cinematography that captures to perfection those classic B and C movies, this one is in a class of its own. Great cast that surely had a ball making this film.
If you loved Young Frankenstein, you're really gonna love The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.

And don’t miss the equally funny and outrageous sequel. . .  

The Lost Skeleton Returns Again

It's called Jerranium 90: a little rock that made all the papers, science magazines and social media sites. However, what wasn't mentioned was that the source of this bizarre, new element is buried deep within the Amazon Jungle. And everybody wants it, including a crooked importer, a cheap crook, and an evil scientist. So when "secret agent" Reet Pappin is sent on a super-secret mission to find Professor Paul Armstrong, who's now a bitter alcoholic and totally disenchanted with science. But Reet may have more than he can handle when he's joined by Armstrong's loyal wife, Betty, and the mind-controlled, not-too-bright twin brother of one Dr. Roger Fleming, who is carrying the skull belonging to the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!

As the characters find themselves in the scary Valley of the Monsters, other familiar faces from the first film begin to pop up, and with some truly brilliant and funny explanations of who they are, or who they were, and why they're there now! Needless to say, there's  a variety of monsters and an ancient race known as the Cantaloupe People, led by a one truly loony-tune of a queen. So what happens to the skull? What happens to the skeleton? Will Professor Paul Armstrong stop drinking and start "doing science things" again? Will his loyal wife Betty be content to being the wife of a scientist who does science things? The answers to these questions and the mysteries of the Lost Skeleton are there for you to discover. So sit back and enjoy yourselves. You're in for quite a wild and crazy ride! 

Larry Blamire brings his own brand of adventure to side-splitting life in this sequel to The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra! Check out The Lost Skeleton Returns Again: It's the perfect tongue-in-cheek celebration of the adventure/horror serials of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, and both films are presented in the glorious black and white process called Super Skeletorama! Oh, but wait! Near the half-way point in The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, there's a surprising and hilarious shift in cinematography that is certain to leave you shaking your head in disbelief and laughing until your own skeleton starts coming apart at the joints. 

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

The Lost Skeleton Returns Again!

Larry Blamire

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