The Lost Skeleton

Posted on 12 August 2011

Page 6, which, if you squint and hold your head to the side, might have something to do with lost skeletons. That is a coincidence, as it happens.

To the main body of today’s post, I watched a movie called “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.” It was actually a rather new production that was made to resemble the old b-movie low-budget horror films of fifty years ago. It was amazingNow, this surprises me. Usually, I don’t like movies that try to be bad-funny. In example, I don’t really care for Evil Dead 2, although I loved Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. The difference is Evil Dead was truly bad-funny, Army of Darkness was honestly just funny, but Evil Dead 2 was a “well, I accidentally made a comedy when I meant to make a horror, let’s do it again!”.

Yet, Lost Skeleton actually worked for me. It had so many of the old tropes that are still in use today, even if in much more mature forms. In fact, the movie felt like a bit of an homage to where Sci-Fi and Horror have come from. It had a re-animated skeleton, aliens, and evil scientist, a good scientist, and a mutant. It had the grim farmer on the side of the road that gives directions to ominous locations, laced with likewise dark warnings. It had the hapless local authority that didn’t believe in the legends.

It also had the mark of good acting and good writing, which is to say the ability to write badly while not actually writing badly. A similar example I would point to was John Sclazi’s April Fools joke: The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City. He spent a long paragraph saying “it was a dark and stormy night”, and did it in one sentence! And yet, it wasn’t totally painful to read, like actual bad writing that is often found in fan fiction or under author’s bed where they keep their first manuscript in an airtight sarcophagus.

So, to be short for once, “Lost Skeleton of Cadavra” his hilarious. You should watch it, preferably with friends and booze. You won’t be disappointed.

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