Look to the skies! What Far from Heaven was to Douglas Sirk, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is to those lovable Grade-Z monster movies of the 1950s. Told with poker-faced glee, Lost Skeleton is an “it came from another world” saga featuring a rubber suit mutant, a skeleton intent on conquering Earth (pulled along on a not-so-invisible string), a cat-woman (the lovely Jennifer Blaire, whose sensual hypnotic dance number that lures the hero to near-death is a showstopper), and formal speaking alien visitors dressed in cover-alls and glitter. Writer-Director Larry Blamire has a genuine taste for this material, right down to his Ed Wood performance as the “man of science” whose wife (peppy Fay Masterson) succumbs to alien mind-control. Set in and around Lake Arrowhead and Bronson Canyon, CA (that famous no man’s land from Robot Monster), and scored with vintage music from the period, Lost Skeleton is a nostalgia coup and, frequently, a real hoot. The title fiend’s Johnny Carson one-liners quickly grow tiresome, but he’s thankfully off-screen for most of the running time. That’s a small price to pay among zingers like a climactic battle for world supremacy between what’s obviously a stuffed rag monster and a medical school skeleton. The perilously low budget plays to Lost Skeleton’s advantage, and the scant 90-minute running time assures that it doesn’t wear out its welcome. It may be a one-gag premise, but it’s told with affection and an “aw, shucks” reverence.
- TriStar Pictures
- 89 min
- Larry Blamire
- Larry Blamire
- Larry Blamire, Fay Masterson, Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell, Brian Howe, Jennifer Blaire, Dan Conroy, Robert Deveau, Darren Reed
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