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The Buzz:


     A 2001 black and white film written as a spoof to classic 1950's-60's era sci-fi thriller flicks the like would have been seen
in drive-ins across the US. This amazing throwback to a bygone time of cinema delivers comedy that just about anyone should be able to appreciate, but ultimately will warm the hearts of die hard cinephiles who have seen plenty of these old black and white schlock fests to appreciate just how spot on of a spoof this really is. 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

      Talking too much about this film ruins a lot of the humor of it; it really has just about everything you'd want out of a spoof of this kind of movie. Hand sewn monster costume? Check. Skeleton on visible strings? Check. Overacting? Check. Oblivious women? Check. Scientist? Check. Aliens? Check. Made up words? Check. Random shots of canyons? Check. I could go on. The build up in absurdity as more and more classic sci-fi tropes are stacked on top of each other is fantastic. Couple that with being largely shot in Bronson Canyon which was a well used location for old school B-movies and camera work so painstakingly accurate to the era it emulates that if you like spoofs or even if you like old black and white sci-fi films: do yourself a favor and check out this cult classic.

 

I do cocaine..... 

Potential Hangovers:

      The movie is a tad long for what it is. On top of that much of it's humor is a one trick pony, which makes it feel even longer at times. That being said just when you think that you've had enough of the same joke… they throw a change up at you that gets a great laugh. Yeah, they'll often go back to beating that dead horse; however, I think that's done on purpose. The old sci-fi films this spoof tended to be overly drawn out and repetitious in dialogue. So while this does hurt Lost Skeleton, it also shows a bit of understanding and love for the classics. Really the sure fire way to make watching this loads better is to do so with friends and some drinks in hand - follow my Drinking Game below and you'll have a plenty of laughs and lines you and your friends will be repeating for years.

 

Skeletons need substitutes for choking it... 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering

     This was a film I was introduced to by some friends of mine (shout out to Tim, Nate, Elvis, et al) during my college years. Having grown up watching lots of MST3K I was well accustomed to the type of film Lost Skeleton was making fun of. This picture is like watching MST3K, but the jokes are baked into the script itself. We watched a copy of a VHS at the time and I've actually never seen it for sale anywhere, so when I saw that this is now watchable on Netflix I got really excited. I can't recommend this movie enough, there's nothing like it out there. Even if you don't end up loving it (though, I hope you do), hopefully you'll appreciate it for what it is.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Spoof done right

+ Great cinematography

+ Absurd

- A bit long and drawn out.

- Beats a dead horse at times.

 

Drinking Games:

- Drink any time someone says "science" or some derivation thereof.

- Drink any time someone says "I wonder…", finish the drink if they end it with "oh well."

- Drink every time Lattis and Kro-Bar say "Earth".

- Waterfall for as long as the mutant is on screen.

- HARDCORE MODE!: Drink whenever someone is redundant or a phrase or word is repeated in dialogue, yell out what that word is before taking the drink. 

 

 

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