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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra... - Howard Tayler
Ramblings of a Happy Cartoonist
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra...
I read three reviews of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, which was released on DVD on June 22nd, and all three of them told me the movie would be a nigh-complete waste of my time.

Naturally, I ran right out and rented it.

The movie was filmed in the style of the campy Sci-Fi B-movies of the 1950s and 1960s. It's in black-and-white, the dialog is bad, the acting is bad, the plot is bad, the science is bad, and the special effects are atrocious.

It's perfect.

Well... almost.

See, it's entirely possible to watch this movie and NOT KNOW you're seeing parody. They nailed their subject matter so closely, that the movie MIGHT AS WELL BE a campy, Sci-Fi B-movie shot in 1962. That fact alone ensures that this movie will never be generally accessible.

If they had it to do over, they should shorten the film by 15 minutes (easy) and then wrapper it with 30 minutes of "mockumentary" in full-color. They could then do to B-movies what Spinal Tap did to Rock & Roll films.

Should you rent it? Not if you're going to watch it by yourself. You need to surround yourself with geeky friends, and do your own "Mystery Science Theater 3000"-style voice-overs with it. That may be the best party game ever, or your video party may fall flat on its face.

Sandra and I watched it together. It got pretty stale in spots, but there were laugh-out-loud funny moments, too. And the gag reel on the DVD was like dessert -- you have to eat dinner first, but then the dessert is the best part.


I feel: tired tired

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darksolace From: darksolace Date: July 15th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)

MSTing movies with friends

One of the best times I had with my friends during our movie nights was when we watched Dead Alive, aka Braindead. Nothing has topped it (though Leprechaun in the Hood came close).

"I kick ass for the LORD."
illian From: illian Date: July 15th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: MSTing movies with friends

ARGH! College flashbacks!

Sunday nights with about 20 geeks lounging all over a den watching bad B-movies!
jarod_cain From: jarod_cain Date: July 15th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: MSTing movies with friends

I'm going to have to pick this movie up so we can heckle the snot out of this one, it sounds perfect.
The last movie we all got together to heckle was Equilibrium. That movie honestly was a dissapointment (I was expecting more from the trailer) but it was fun to heckle, especially at the point where he's in the room out in the barrens and puts Beethoven on. The song that they started playing (one of the earlier parts of the 5th Symophony if I remember correctly) was at the beginning of Rejected by Don Hertzfeld and BitterFilms. The three of us there all in unison as the main character was half falling back in near tears at the music all simultaniously yelled "You sir have been... Rejected!"
Amusing stuff.
theswede From: theswede Date: July 15th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: MSTing movies with friends

Braindead is kinda hard to heckle as it doesn't take itself seriously in the least. Kind of like Bad Taste. Not surprising considering they're both directed by the man who went on to direct the LOTR trilogy.

Or maybe it *is* surprising.

Either way, watching Bad Taste is doubly fun once one reads the credits and sees who is playing Derek. (Don't peek and spoil the enjoyment!)
ravingjackass From: ravingjackass Date: July 15th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
My good friend Erik agrees with you, Howard.
kelloggs2066 From: kelloggs2066 Date: July 15th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Hoo! Now this one I gotta see:

I love the trailer!

shannont From: shannont Date: July 15th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
"I hope the owners don't mind their dishes holding a radioactive meteor."
"Don't eat the meteor by mistake, whatever you do. Ha! Ha! Seriously, we'll clean the dishes before we go."

I loved it, my wife absolutely hated it, but it's that kind of movie. I agree with you - it's main detraction is that it's just not campy enough. Still, worth a watch.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: July 15th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


One word: "Rowr!"
shannont From: shannont Date: July 16th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Rowr!

Rowr, meow, and woof! And she was disturbingly cute.
davetheinverted From: davetheinverted Date: July 15th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was fortunate enough to catch it in a (remodeled up to modern standards) vintage one-screen theater with some friends. I have the DVD on order so I can show it to the rest of my friends.


ducttapeavenger From: ducttapeavenger Date: July 15th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
My friends and I used to do that all the time. I remember when Lost in Space came out; we were yelling comments at the screen, and everyone else in the theater just laughed at us. No one cared, because we were more entertaining than the movie was.

But some of the best movies for that are bad horror movies. Watching Uncle Sam at my sendoff before going to Army boot camp was our best party MSTing ever.
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