Having been raised on the monster movies of the 50's, I have a deep appreciation for their cornball appeal. At night in our bunk beds, my brother and I would take turns quizzing one another about how various monsters (e.g. Invaders from Mars, The Thing, The Mole People, Attack of the Crab Monsters, This Island Earth, Tarantula, The Amazing Colossal Man, The Monolith Monsters, The Giant Claw, etc.) were finally vanquished by the earthlings under attack.
The Lost Skeleton Returns Again takes such conventions as 1) show a part of the monster - a claw, a shadow, a left-over body part - early in the film, but 2) don't reveal the entire monster until near the end for the final battle. Add a surfeit of 3) cheesy dialogue, blandly nuanced performances, scenes which tell but don't show, plus lots of filler to stretch it out to feature length...voila... you've got a perfect Saturday matinee monster movie.
Sure, there were classics like The Incredible Shrinking Man, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the Hammer Films, but we still loved those B & W sci-fi, nuclear radiation, giant monster movies. For 25 cents my parents had the greatest weekend babysitter of all time - the Saturday matinee. My brother and I could sit through a double feature twice, especially if Harryhausen's The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad was playing.
Once, I had to take him out in the lobby when he got scared during Killers from Space - remember the aliens with the black dots painted on ping pong ball eyes?. We screamed "MUSH!" if Robin Hood kissed Maid Marion, or laughed at Danny Kaye in The Court Jester, or watched a baby colt being born in Gallant Bess. But, most of all, we loved monster movies.
Thanks to the inspired writer, cast and crew of The Lost Skeleton Returns AGAIN. I laughed aloud and was transported back to those joyous days of my childhood. Kudos for an affectionate knowing spoof of the genre. I'm not going to provide any SPOILERS since we've all seen this movie a thousand times already. Lost Skeleton gets its homage to matinees right; it is really twisted in a fun way. Many returns.