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The Severed Arm (1973)

R | | Horror | 1973 (USA)
Trapped in a cave, five men cut the arm off of another companion in order to ward off starvation. After they are saved, their victim seeks revenge on them one by one.


(as Thomas S. Alderman)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teddy Rogers
Sgt. Mark Richards
David G. Cannon ...
Mad Man Herman
Doctor Ray Sanders
Bill Hale
Ray Dannis ...
Bob Guthrie ...
Roger Rogers
Cynthia Gabrielle ...
Ruth Sanders
George Dunn ...
Harry the Janitor
Alan DeWitt ...
Construction Worker
R. Lance Thomas
Gwen Cannon
Marcellous Smith
Wally K. Berns ...
(as Wally Berns)


Trapped in a cave, five men cut the arm off of another companion in order to ward off starvation. After they are saved, their victim seeks revenge on them one by one.

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A Vingança Será Minha  »

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I guess I am bucking the crowd, but I liked this one...
1 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

"The Severed Arm" has a very low score on IMDb and the reviews are generally unfavorable. Oddly, I actually liked the film and thought it very unique and worth seeing. I could be wrong, but I was surprised as the title sure makes it sound like a terrible film.

The first part of the film is told as a flashback. A group of six guys go exploring in a creaky old cave. Unfortunately, one of the guys is a stupid idiot and he causes a cave-in...and they are trapped for two weeks. Not surprisingly, they are starving when one of them insists that they only way to survive is to eat PART of one of them. He insists that they draw lots and the loser is eaten...in part. Not all of them are in agreement but he pushes them to do this. After ripping off the poor loser's arm, a rescue party arrives--and the folks all agree to lie about what happened and say that the man with the missing are was injured and they HAD to do surgery on him!

Five years pass. Now bad things start happening to the five who perpetrated this arm-carnage. Some are dismembered...some are killed. But there is a special punishment for the ring leader!

I thought the film very original, quite clever and set a wonderful and tense mood. Is it a great film? Nah...but for what it is, it's surprisingly watchable. Also, I was glad that the who arm ripping off angle was not overly gross and gratuitous!

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