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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

Released 2001
Distributor TriStar Pictures

Roger Corman-esque in its spirit but mainly in its bottom line, director/writer Larry Blamire’s low budget spoof is a valentine to the cash-poor horror movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Like the best independent producers of that time, Blamire got his movie made by calling in favors and stocking his cast with friends and family (his wife Jennifer plays the alien mutant, “Animalia”). Blamire’s work paid off; the film was picked up by TriStar Pictures and a sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, was filmed in 2008.

About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.