WHY YOU ARE READING THIS
Our movies have the best fans in the world; vocal, incorrigible and relentlessly supportive of what we do. You have helped make THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA (released ten years ago this year) the cult classic that it’s become, and we are grateful. Never has there been a more hands-on way to be a part of what we do than through the ingenious mechanism that is crowd-funding. Kickstarter was made for our particular fanbase, and is the ideal vehicle for bringing the third and final film of the Lost Skeleton trilogy (as it will now be known) to life. Not only will it allow our Skelites (if we can call you that) to fund THE LOST SKELETON WALKS AMONG US and become directly involved with the production, it will allow us to reach out to others, folks who have yet to discover our particular brand of absurdity. In an era where cinematic comedy is somewhat lacking in the silly and sublimely ridiculous, not to mention family-friendly, we believe there is a greater audience for our brand of wacky and Kickstarter can help us find them. Or them find us.
WHO IS THE LOST SKELETON?
At the center of this series is one of the most expensive and complex movie monsters ever conceived. Actually, he began as a plastic skeleton used for medical studies and cost around 98.00 on eBay. The original LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA was conceived as a loving spoof of bargain basement 1950s scifi-horror movies and a skeleton seemed so absolutely basic (and cheap), particularly amusing when given a stentorian, arrogant and bitingly sarcastic demeanor; far haughtier than his feeble presence could justify. We’re not sure where he came from, we’re not even sure exactly what he wants. Aside from the absolute power atmosphereum can give him and something like world domination.
WHAT STARTED IT ALL - THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA
When Larry Blamire was looking for a creative outlet while trying to survive the Dotcom Crash of 2000 he was suddenly hit with the idea of a low budget movie that was supposed to look low budget; a loving spoof to the 1950s low budget scifi films he’d grown up on. The resulting movie THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, an exercise in cheeky absurdity and good clean fun, followed a determined scientist who likes to say “science” a lot, his faithful clueless wife, a pair of confused aliens, an evil scientist, an exotic woman made from four different forest animals, an escaped monster (the Mutant) and the title character, the world’s haughtiest world-dominating skeleton. This labor of love was shot in 10½ days with a wonderful cast that’s become a stock company and working “family” (calling themselves Bantam Street), and premiered at the Egyptian Theatre before a wildly enthusiastic audience of almost 600. Among them was Sony’s Michael Schlesinger who was determined to pick it up. He did and the movie was released theatrically and on DVD in 2004.
Overall, the reviews were pretty spectacular, as in this sampling:
"A hoot.....Cadavra reaches comic heights that approach the 'Your stupid minds! Stupid, stupid, stupid!' speech from Plan 9."
-- Glenn Kenny, PREMIERE MAGAZINE
"A single, giggle-inducing mutation... A '50s sci-fi spoof that's a silly hit to the funny bone."
-- Michael Rechtshaffen, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Parodic bull’s-eye scored! ... A deft parody of ‘50s Z-grade sci-fi and horror pics, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra will delight...!"
-- Dennis Harvey,VARIETY
-- Tim Cogshell, BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE
"Not just a spoof of Fifties sci-fi/ horror pictures, but a movie of great verbal imagination in its own right ...A charming exercise in escalating absurdity... Blamire seems to invent entire worlds of absurd imagery... This is a gift, and one hopes to see Blamire carry it to greater lengths in future projects...
--Tim Lucas, VIDEO WATCHDOG
"Tinfoil spacesuits, rubber-ribbed aliens, and ray guns.... Writer-director-star Larry Blamire re-creates B-movie scenes with precision.... Cadavra's low-rent indie roots... make it that much more amusing.
-- Jon M. Gibson, WIRED MAGAZINE
"A cheerfully trashy, dead-on spoof of the B-movie genre."
-- Megan Lehmann, NEW YORK POST
"Blamire nails Ed Wood's trademark syntactical acrobatics, and a sublimely awkward set piece featuring masquerading aliens recalls the dinner scene in Eraserhead drained of queasy dread. May be 100 percent cult-in-a-can...."
-- Mark Holcomb, VILLAGE VOICE
"A parody of B-movies stupid enough -- and yet with just enough brains -- to appeal to the most discriminating fans of the genre.... 'Lost Skeleton' might just come close to comedy perfection. "
-- Michael O'Sullivan, WASHINGTON POST
SECOND OF THE TRILOGY - THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN
Though not a fan of sequels, and fueled by a legion of fans that wanted more Skeleton, in 2008 Larry Blamire hit upon an idea for a revisit while watching a jungle adventure on TV. What if super clean-cut Dr. Paul Armstrong became bitter and was living in the jungle and drinking heavily because science let him down? The idea was ridiculous enough and the plot elements all grew out of this notion. It would give the fans the return to these characters they’d been clamoring for as well as allowing a slightly different genre to be spoofed; the 1960s adventure matinee. With strikingly Bernard Herrmannesque music from John Morgan and William Stromberg and imaginative old school production design from Anton Tremblay--not to mention Frank Ippolito’s fun rubber suited monsters--this film had a slightly different flavor while retaining the original’s sense of the ridiculous as everyone treks into a remote region of the Amazon in search of another elusive element, jerranium 90. All the cast returned, and quite a few new faces were added including Trish Geiger, H.M. Wynant, Daniel Roebuck, Kevin Quinn and Frank Dietz. The film was shot by A.J. Rickert-Epstein, now Blamire’s go-to cinematographer. Instrumental in the execution of the film was producer Mark Allen Stuart, who will be executive producer on THE LOST SKELETON WALKS AMONG US (Mark is now Chairman and CEO at Hydraulic Entertainment of which Larry Blamire is Senior VP). Mike Schlesinger, having worked with Blamire and Bantam Street since TRAIL OF THE SCREAMING FOREHEAD, was also a producer on the film. THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN was released in 2010 and the boys back at the lab are planning a 5 year anniversary issue of film in 2015.
THE LAST OF THE TRILOGY - THE LOST SKELETON WALKS AMONG US
Where THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA was set in a rural area and THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN the jungle, THE LOST SKELETON WALKS AMONG US is firmly in suburbia. Yes, everyone's favorite all-powerful skull could be living right next to you.
We find rock scientist Dr. Paul Armstrong and his wife Betty leading the quiet life in the suburbs alongside next door neighbors Kro-Bar and Lattis who have decided to live on earth under the names Hildon and Clackie Pottadew. Meanwhile obsessed renegade East Neulmanian scientist Dr. Neesha Krome has bought the fragments of the Lost Skeleton's crushed skull and managed to piece them back together (sort of) using a highly sophisticated method of tape, bandaids and elmer's glue. The Lost Skeleton forms an alliance with her to take over the world, once his full powers are restored. But for that they need atmosphereum and Neesha quickly detects a source for the powerful element in the peaceful Blendview neighborhood. They move in right next to Paul and Betty and to fit in undetected, Neesha places her skull partner inside an automaton that happens to look exactly like deceased government agent Reet Pappin, a resemblance most confusing to the Armstrongs. After the strange new couple (going by the names Charko and Nettie Panamalanman) ingratiate themselves Betty takes it upon herself to find the awkward Charko/Lost Skeleton/Reetomaton a job, though he seems qualified for very little. At the same time, Animala, sensing a disturbance with her keen animal senses, makes her way from the Amazon. Jungle Brad, now City Brad, shows up in his new job as plainclothes policeman. Seems he's investigating a series of Radiation Murders that have taken place in Blendview, somehow unbeknownst to Paul. Sure enough, we are soon witness to the nocturnal prowlings of a mysterious monster that leaves traces of radiation at the scene of each crime.
Atmosphereum, Jerranium 90, a powerful criminal organization, a stalking creature, the return of General Scottmanson, the president of the United States, uncomfortably awkward neighbors--all things come to a boil, leading to a fever pitch of stark raving terror and a duel of giant monsters that rains destruction upon the once peaceful Blendview, promising the world will never be the same. But rather, different.
THIS KICKSTARTER PROGRAM
This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to raise the money to shoot and complete the film, which we then plan to distribute ourselves (and believe us; for indies this is the way to go). Easily the most ambitious entry in the trilogy we really want to wrap things up in style; with a cast about three times larger than the original film. The climax with its monster effects and cataclysmic destruction will be overseen by TV’s Monster Man himself, Cleve Hall, no stranger to recreating kaiju-style mayhem.
We want to do this right or not at all, and this is the amount that will make it happen. Because the film is set in 1963 suburbia we cannot simply go out and shoot on the streets or in actual homes. The logistics of this would prove costly and time-consuming (not to mention being at the mercy of every lawn mower and leaf blower around). Also it would mean constant company moves, which are incredibly time-consuming. The perfect solution is what we did with DARK AND STORMY NIGHT: shoot the whole film on a sound stage.
CAST AND CREW
Writer-Director: Larry Blamire
Executive Producer: Mark Allen Stuart
Producer: Michael Schlesinger
Line Producer: Melanie Elin
Production Designer: Anton Tremblay
Cinematographer: A.J. Rickert Epstein
Editor: Bill Bryn Russell
Monsters: Cleve Hall
CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE (Based on availability)
Mailman: Ernie Charles
Betty: Fay Masterson
Neesha Krome: Alison Martin
Paul: Larry Blamire
Kro-Bar: Andrew Parks
Lattis: Susan McConnell
Garmy Kurston Mupf: Michael McKean
Tremmer Boiland: Fred Willard
Handscomb Draile: Robert Deveau
The Reetomaton: Frank Dietz
City Brad: Dan Conroy
Sgt. Joe Fleming: Brian Howe
Animala: Jennifer Blaire
Garlene Ruthemsby: Trish Geiger
Putt Ruthemsby: Kevin Quinn
Kyler Thewsy: Sam Witwer
General Scottmanson: H.M. Wynant
Philling: Bob Burns
Madstom: Tom Reese
President Trafton: Monte Markham
As you can see we have a terrific cast planned (pending availability), and you should know that all have agreed to work for scale plus ten. This is the absolute minimum allowed by the Screen Actors Guild, plus an additional ten percent for the performers’ respective agents. These are the kind of folks that make this series what it is, and of course they have a pretty good idea they’re going to have fun.
A large portion of the budget will go to the sets that comprise the film’s suburban setting--the “studio look” will be important to the overall ambience. Add to that a decent lighting package, the best cameras we can get (we’re shooting digital), props for a fair amount of sets, and period costumes for a fairly large cast. For musical score we are licensing various cues represented by David Schecter’s wonderful Monstrous Movie Music label; choice vintage music that will perfectly color the period proceedings in that classic monster movie feel.
We have some exciting incentives (including two speaking roles as well as crowd-terrified-by-giant-monster parts!) and we look forward to having you on board. Our fans are the best in the world; the most vocal, the most enthusiastic, and believe me that enthusiasm is infectious. They've always been a part of the Lost Skeleton experience. Now's a chance to be even more involved; as fellow producers of what we think will be the best, and funniest, movie in the Lost Skeleton Trilogy. Thank you so much, and welcome aboard!
LARRY BLAMIRE is an actor, writer, director, and artist, known for such feature films as THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. A graphic novel of his epic steampunk adventure LARRY BLAMIRE'S STEAM WARS (http://steamwars.jerrickventures.com) is completing production, coming soon from Blamire and Jerrick Ventures. Also in production, THE ADVENTURES OF BIG DAN FRATER, a series of audio comedy adventures written by Larry and directed by Brian Howe. His play ROBIN HOOD has been performed worldwide, while his western horror stories are collected in TALES OF THE CALLAMO MOUNTAINS. Larry is married to actress Jennifer Blaire and they have a son Griffin, and Larry also has a grown son Cory.
MARK ALLEN STUART
MARK ALLEN STUART has been an officer in four publicly held companies and has had the opportunity to lead several world class organizations. He started his career at P&G where he managed studio partnerships for the consumer goods giant. Mark went on to become Blockbuster Entertainments head of product acquisition and helped grow the company to over 9000 stores worldwide. Post Blockbuster he became part of the team that took Linen’s n Things public and then opened his own strategic consulting firm. Concurrent with this Mark is the CEO of Hydraulic entertainment (www.hydraulic-entertainment.com) focusing on writing, directing, production and distribution of experiential film/video/ and music projects as well as talent management. Mark and his wife Jackie, daughter Natalie and Princess the puppy reside outside of Valley Forge PA.
A MESSAGE FROM THE SKELETON
THIS IS THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA WITH AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
NORMALLY I AM DEAD SET AGAINST CROWD-FUNDING OF ANY SORT UNLESS THE CROWD
HAPPENS TO BE ME, OR AT LEAST ONE OF MY COUSINS. HOWEVER IN THIS CASE I AM
WILLING TO MAKE AN EXCEPTION IF ONLY TO SEE WHAT LIES LARRY BLAMIRE IS WILLING
TO PERPETRATE ABOUT ME THIS TIME. THEREFORE, YOU MAY FEEL FREE TO THROW
MASSIVE, ALMOST PAINFUL, AMOUNTS OF MONEY AT THIS POSSIBLY WORTHWHILE PROJECT
PACKED WITH MADCAP COMIC HIJINKS AND GENERAL MERRIMENT. YOU FUND NOW!!!
--SINCERELY, THE LOST SKELETON