Sterilized with Fear!
Worldcon Masquerade Presentation
LACon IV, 2006

We're a group of costumers and friends who did a Lost Skeleton of Cadavra presentation for the L.A.con IV (Worldcon) Masquerade in 2006. We made everything you see - even the mundane clothing worn by Paul and Roger - with only a few exceptions (like Betty's sweater). We were fortunate to have help and support from some of the people who worked on the original film.

Although (we think) we did a great job, it was a tough competition and we didn't win anything. Still, we had tons of fun and a lot of people took pictures of us.

'Sterilized with Fear!'

Master Division, Re-creation Category

Photo by Oscar CwajbaumThe Cast: Presentation sound recording and narration: Erik Prill

Costumes and props made by: Julie Zetterberg, Lynn Kingsley, Peg Satterlund, Nels Satterlund, Qeldas Pickett, and Greg Sardo

Special thanks to: Lisa Satterlund, Marci Malinowycz, Robert Deveau, and Cortney Skinner

Our inspiration

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra - Theatrical Trailer

Our presentation

Photos and video from the audience, by various photographers:

"Unofficial" and "Official" videos:

MC: The following preview has been approved for ALL audiences by the MPAA.

Announcer: Never a motion picture like this!
Supreme shock sensation of our time!
Do you dare see...?
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

Announcer: He was a man... of science!
Paul: "Betty, you know what this meteor could mean to science.
It could mean actual advances in the field of science."

Announcer: He was a man... of evil!
Roger: "Ahhahahaha!"

Announcer: They were aliens -- from outer space!
Kro-bar: "Aliens? Us? Is this one of your Earth jokes?"

Announcer: It was a Mutant -- that killed for kicks!

Announcer: And... the most horrifying fiend mankind has ever known: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!
Skeleton: "I have risen!"
Paul: "May God have mercy on us all!"

Announcer: See: The titanic battle for world supremacy!
See: The unbridled fury of Animala!
See: The sensuous 'dance of the aliens!'

Announcer: Years in the making, on the world's most spectacular locations!
A cast of thousands! A cost of millions!
Filmed in the miracle of SKELETORAMA -- new screen wonder of the age!
You'll be sterilized with fear!

Roger: "You don't know the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra... but you will... YOU WILL!"
Betty: "Aaaaaaaaaah!"
Skeleton: "Ahahahahaha!"

Announcer: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
It's another scream gem from the company that gave you
Zombies of Mora Tau and Lawrence of Arabia!

Official (and Unofficial) Photos from Backstage and Fan Photography Area:'re not supposed to make it all look better than the original. Nice work!

—Email from Larry Blamire to Julie Zetterberg, July 9, 2006.

I just realized that your task in making the Mutant was similar to what Larry asked of his professional actors, crew and artists when Lost Skeleton was in production...he had them actually pull back on their talent in order to simulate something flawed and clunky...and you as a professional costumer had to do the same thing...use your very high level of expertise to turn out something that looks clunky and pasted together.

—Email from Cortney Skinner to Julie Zetterberg, August 21, 2006.

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