Body Parts (1991)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  2 August 1991 (USA)
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After losing his arm in a car accident, a criminal psychologist has it replaced with a limb that belonged to a serial killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Agatha Webb
Karen Chrushank
Detective Sawchuck
Charley Fletcher
Ray Kolberg
Mark Draper
Nathaniel Moreau ...
Bill Jr.
Sarah Campbell ...
Andy Humphrey ...
Detective Jackson
Arlene Duncan ...
Nurse #1
Allan Price ...
T.V. Reporter #1


When Bill Chrashank loses his arm in a car accident, the arm of an executed death row inmate is grafted on in its place. The only problem, as Bill soon discovers, is that the arm is possessed by a force he cannot control. Written by Michael Silva <>

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A medical miracle has become a murderous nightmare. See more »


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Rated R for violence and gore, language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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2 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos malditos  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$9,188,150 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Body Parts is very similar to a 1971 episode of Night Gallery titled "The Hand of Borgus Weems." See more »


The "wrecked" car is back at the house, at least four months later, after the accident. It is shown for a few seconds after the lead characters first day back at work. Also, at least four months after the accident, there is still snow on the ground and on the house. However, there is more of this snow, which is in the same pattern, than the amount of snow on the first day of the movie. See more »


Bill Chrushank: [Bill confronts Dr. Agatha Webb to remove the arm] I want it off.
Dr. Agatha Webb: Are you insane?
Bill Chrushank: I've got serious problems doctor. I hit my kid, I tried to strangle my wife, I have nightmares every night! Look it's, it's okay alright? The arm's fine, I don't want it. Just give it to somebody else, just give me a hook or something.
Dr. Agatha Webb: Do you realize what I and my team accomplished with that arm of yours? Don't you realize that if a gun were put to my head I wouldn't jeopardize the accomplishment that your surgery ...
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Unusual horror film nicely blends with thriller and science fiction
24 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Criminal psychologist Bill Chrushank (Jeff Fahey) survived from an horrible car accident but he loses his arm. But when a gifted mysterious Dr. Agatha Webb (Lindsay Duncan) manages to find a donor to have a new arm for Bill. When his wife Karen (Kim Delaney) agrees with the doctor for the operation. When the operation is a success and then its takes weeks for Bill's new arm to be working. In fact, he finds his new arm to be much better than his old one. But then, it's starts doing things that he doesn't want to do and being having vivid nightmares. He finds out that his arm belongs to Charley Fletcher (John Walsh). A violent serial killer, who got executed on the operation table. When Bill got his new arm from. But Bill finds out that he's not the only one, who got spear parts from the infamous murderer. Then after meeting two people (Brad Dourif and Peter Murnik), who got spear body parts from Charley. But when Bill wants his arm off, the Dr. Webb refused to do it. Bill has a feeling or two that Dr. Webb is not what she seems to be and he feels, there's something out there is coming for him.

Directed by Eric Red (Bad Moon, Cohen and Tate, Undertow) made an intriguing horror film with some effective moments of suspense and thrills. This was an box office disappointment, when it was released in the summer of 1991. The critics were not kind to this movie as well. Sure, the premise isn't original anymore. But director Red tries to make something different here by adding some neat ideals to the already often filmed premise of the picture. The underrated Fahey gives an strong performance. Dourif gives an memorable small role as the artist, who finds sudden success with his paintings. Red does his best work so far as a filmmaker here. Red wasn't made a movie or wrote a script in years but it seems, he trying to make a comeback with his latest work "100 Feet". That film will be released sometime in 2008. Like most of Red's works, "Body Parts" has become a cult classic. It's certainly one of the most underrated horror movies of the 1990's. Effective music score by Loek Dikker. Insipred from the novel "Choice Cuts" by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac (Which they wrote the classic book together "Diabolique"). Co-scripted by the director and Norman Snider (Dead Ringers, Rated X). Screen-story by Patricia Herskovic (Producer of cult classics like "Deadly Blessing", "Mother's Boys" and "Toy Soldiers") and Joyce Taylor. Don't miss it. Panavision. (****/*****).

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