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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020HAY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
firstly i have to say this about the film, the writing is second to none, the jokes and movie references come flying of the screen, the look and feel of the movie left me believing that if it was made in the 1950s it would be concidered the classic film of the decade.

like the new grindhouse movies it captured the genre it was paying tribute to in a mannor that treated the viewer as someone of intelligence, someone who will understand the in jokes, but they also give plenty of other references and things to enjoy even if you have never seen a b-movie before.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James NN on 11 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
not much more can be said about this movie...it rules. if you grew up watching cheap b-movies, you'll get every joke, every subtlety and every nuance. it takes a lot of skill to act deliberately badly, and the script must have taken ages to perfect.

For fans of Ed Wood Jr.'s films
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So far, the american Larry Blamire has completed five features, achieving in my opinion an admirable and likable body of work, beginning with the well-received Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra (2001). Of the four I have managed to see, each has the distinctive style of its writer-director-actor: genial and humane humour, consistently amusing parody of older genres, allied with use of an increasingly familiar stock company - all of whom seem to be enjoying themselves as much as director and audience.

Blamire writes, directs and frequently acts in his own films, his careful scripts reveling in non-sequiturs and deliberate longueurs whilst eschewing coarse dialogue. The surreal Trail Of The Screaming Forehead stands the most apart from its fellows I have seen, being made in colour, perhaps more expressly silly, with increased special effects work and the inclusion of special guest players (Dick Miller and Kevin McCarthy). Perhaps because of that, whilst still very amusing, it seems a little less characteristic and considered.

I think Blamire is an auteur to treasure, one who gives the art of parody back its name and quality - especially after the dismal, bigger-budgeted attempts of the likes of Jason Friedberg and the Wayans, directors who seem to have no affection for the films they imitate and always aim for the obvious. Their films are, arguably, hardly films at all - merely narrative clothes pegs on which to hang cheap laughs, slapdash and vulgar in equal measure, where Blamire is neither.

Speaking for myself, a sure-fire indication of a good parody is my willingness to revisit the work when the original joke has been seen and gone; this is true of most of Blamire's films, which grow more amusing and endearing upon re-acquaintance.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
Corny, pretentious dialogue. Hokey special effects. Stereotypical characters. Inept pseudo-science. A lame plot full of holes.

So why even bother watching "Lost Skeleton of Cadavra"? Well, to start with, there's the fact that it's not a hokey sci-fi movie, but a clever, hilarious spoof of those old cheap movies made in the 1950s. It's gloriously pompous and idiotic, with some of the best/worst dialogue outside a Christopher Guest mockumentary. ("Why shake when we can touch other things... like lips.")

Scientist Paul Armstrong (Larry Blamire) and "scientist's wife" Betty (Fay Masterson) arrive at a rural area, looking for an asteroid made out of (I am NOT making this up) "atmosphereum." Little do they realize that evil Roger Fleming (Brian Howe) has found the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, which needs atmosphereum to move, and subsequently conquer the world, yada yada.

To make matters worse, a pair of aliens have landed. Not only do they ALSO need atmosphereum, but they have let a lethal Mutant loose on the countryside. Both the aliens and Roger manage to infiltrate the Armstrong cabin to find atmosphereum. Now Betty and Paul must befriend the aliens, and stop the evil Skeleton and the killer Mutant.

The entire movie is mockingly affectionate of those old sci-fi movies -- it's even filmed in the same location as most of them. The costumes are cheap, the aliens are cheesy, and very few of the events make any logical sense. When the Armstrongs and aliens sit in a spaceship and drink "cranberroid" juice from decorative candleholders, the goofiness is officially complete.

Admittedly, the plot does slow down to a crawl in the middle, and seems to temporarily lose its way.
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By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
Okay it is my fault for not reading reviews that said it was over the top hokey before watching the film. Little did I know that what was supposed to be a 50s spoof was just plain goofy as they tried too hard to be campy.

Unfortunately they try way too hard at this spoofing thing and it comes out ridiculously unfunny. However I am a brave soul so I went through the whole movie waiting for that little piece of redeeming social value. I even sat on my hands so I would not press the fast forward button.

They did include many of the proper characters such as Paul the scientist and Betty wife of scientist. Then there is the infamous Dr. Roger Fleming the mad scientist. Toss in aliens, a mutant, and a mysterious girl that know how to act with her tongue.

While most of the things that we here are clichés and purposely stilted dialogue every once in a while we catch a line from a famous movie. I am wondering how many lines I just did not realize were from famous movies? Such as when Kro-Bar (Andrew Parks) exclaims ""You know it's funny but in a strange way I feel almost at home here." well close to a enough to Forbidden planet.
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