This isn’t going to be much of a blog entry, but I wanted to recommend a movie Lena and I had just seen. It came out in 2004 as a small-budget independent film (the giveaway is the use of the word “film,” as opposed to “movie”) so some of you may already have seen it. I personally hadn’t heard of it until it was suggested (strongly) by a friend of mine.

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is a spoofy send-up of all those shlocky sci-fi horror movies of the 50’s and early sixties. The “man-in-a-rubber-suit” monster movies of post-cartoon creature feature Saturdays the world over. I was a little leery before watching it… I loved those movies as a kid, but as an adult had seen more than enough of them skewered on MST3K to realize I had pretty well outgrown the genre. (Though there are always exceptions!) Anyway, within the first minute I was completely hooked. If the entire movie had been nothing more than the actors sitting around a table reading their lines it would have been worth it. The dialog was hysterical. It not only captured the language, but the actor’s delivery perfectly replicated the typically static and wooden performances of those old, basement-budget movies.

And this was the brilliance. Whereas The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra is a spoof, it is played as straight-up as possible. (Given the material.) The actors are not actually playing the parts given them in the film, but rather they play bad actors, struggling to give the best performance they can. Combined with the outlandish premise and the reverential faithfulness to the genre, it all adds up to an amazingly fun romp.

I found it on Netflix, but I suppose it’s probably available on Blockbuster or whatever movie service you might choose to use. Funny + Geeky = The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!

Just wanted to let you guys know that I am now finishing up the last few items for H.O.L.E., Book II: Glandiri’s Gold. I won’t be taking preorders this time, and will instead be making it available for everyone at the same time. This book will include strips 116 through 272, and a book exclusive Playorc interview with the big man himself, Enkidu!

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