The skeleton is a fixture in the realm of horror and all things spooky. What’s more creepy than a reminder of our own mortality. We all end up bones in the end.
Animated skeletons are just cool. My favorite being the skeletons in the classic Jason and the Argonauts movie. These are brought to life and animated by the brilliant Ray Harryhausen. A single Harryhausen skeleton was also featured in 7th Voyage of Sinbad. This one was not the most formidable fighter, but certainly memorable.
The movie Lost Skeleton of Cadavra has an intentionally hilarious evil skeleton attempting to gain the elusive element atmospherium. This is a fun-loving send-up of cheap science fiction B-movies of the 1950s.
He-Man’s nemesis Skeletor is a skeleton, as is Marvel Comic’s Ghost Rider when in vengeance mode, and of course there is Jack Skelington, the pumpkin king.
Who can forget the cursed pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The light of the pale moon reveals the true nature of their curse, nothing but walking bones, living a life of the dead, forever attempting to restore the cursed treasure they stole in the first place, and gain true life again. Pirates sort of took the symbol of the skull and ran with it, so a combination of skeletons and pirates is a perfect mix.
Beware the skeleton.