Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (2009, Larry Blamire)
Since I'm sure you just read my review for Larry Blamire's The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra , you probably already know that this is a sequel to that film, which surprisingly took 5 years to make. Back are pretty much the entire cast of the first film as well as that hilariously smarmy skeleton. Recently released on DVD by Shout! Factory, along with Blamire's haunted house spoof Dark and Stormy Night, I knew it was going to be another hilarious take on the old fashioned sci fi and monster movies.
Dr. Paul Armstrong (Larry Blamire) is now an alcoholic living in the Amazon jungle when his wife Betty (Fay Masterson) and Reet Pappin (Frank Dietz) find him while on a search for an important rock called Jeranium 90. Unfortunately another scientist, Dr. Ellamy Royne (Trish Geiger) is also heading a group on the hunt for this precious rock, which is infiltrated by two aliens (Andrew Parks and Susan McConnel) from the first film. Throw in an Amazon queen, a trip to a "colorized" lost world and that darn skeleton of Cadavra and you've got quite the little adventure.
The Lost Skeleton Returns Again is a decent follow up to the first Lost Skeleton film with a few laugh out loud parts ("DROP IT...slow-ly"). Overall though the film loses some steam in the second half and starts to try the audiences patience. Fans of the first will definitely want to check it out though because overall it's worth a watch. The production value definitely seems a little higher and the film switches from black and white to color about half way through. The film also tries to branch out a little from the tried and true formula of Cadavra, which works sometimes. The cast is great all around and its good to see a continuation of the characters from the first film.