The Lost Skeleton Returns Again
The Lost Skeleton Returns Again is a sequel to the 2004 The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. Both films are straight-faced parodies of crappy science fiction films from the 50’s. The first is a sendup of independent, low-budget films (cf Ed Wood); the second is more a sendup of studio stinkers. Both are played straight, with no winking at the audience.
For the most part, both are faithful and respectful of their targets, and have no elements you couldn’t find in 50’s film. The only exaggeration is that the entire film is made of the crappiest parts of crappy movies. Some scenes force the actors to portray bad actors portraying bad characters. It’s incredibly funny in a way that would be impossible if it were produced as a comedy. Jokes, and the pacing required for them, would only get in the way.
Returns Again deviates a little fromt his, and, I think, suffers for it. The Cantaloupe People take it one notch too far. Now it’s just a comedy. Still funny, and still, for the most part, played straight as well as possible, but the melon bra cannot be taken seriously. Or rather, the audience cannot take seriously that the notional B-movie director took it seriously.
Because that’s the whole joke: the idea that someone made these films and thought they were okay. If the audience isn’t in on the joke — and they could be forgiven for not getting it — it’s just a seriously bad movie. But even at that it’s faithful, and so-bad-it’s-good movies can still be fun to watch, and this would be one if it weren’t intentional.
I’m treating the two films as one piece mostly. Even with the differences, it feels like one film with a switch flipped in the middle. Both movies feature an ensemble cast of unknowns (and thank goodness. A Jim Carrey or a Mike Meyers would have destroyed everything) that in character or out earnestly pursue their roles in the story. I’d very much like to see more from them.
Larry Blamire (can that possibly be a real name?) has a YouTube channel, though. No new feature films seem to be in the offing.
This is Scix in the Back Row … doing SCIENCE!
The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (2009) Directed by Larry Blamire; starring Larry Blamire, Fay Masterson, Brian Howe, The Skeleton