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Severed Ties (1992)

When a regeneration experiment on his severed arm grows a deadly reptilian creature instead of a limb, a mad scientist uses the serum on homeless crippled veterans to create an army and get his research back from his evil mother.

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Damon Santostefano

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John Brancato (as Henry Dominic), David Casci (story) (as David A. Casci) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Dr. Hans Vaughan
Elke Sommer ... Helena Harrison
Garrett Morris ... Stripes
Billy Morrissette ... Harrison Harrison (as Billy Morrisette)
Johnny Legend Johnny Legend ... Preacher
Denise Wallace Denise Wallace ... Eve
Roger Perkovich Roger Perkovich ... Lawrence
Bekki Vallin Bekki Vallin ... Uta
Gerald Shidell Gerald Shidell ... Dr. Harrison
Marilyn Penn-Lindley Marilyn Penn-Lindley ... Servant (as Marilyn Penn)
Julian Weaver Julian Weaver ... Policeman
Betty Perkovich Betty Perkovich ... Bag Lady Bum
James Clermont James Clermont ... One-Eyed Bum
Dave Conseur Dave Conseur ... Thin Bum (as Dave Consoer)
Vincent Madeira Vincent Madeira ... Hunchback Bum
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Storyline

Harrison is a young scientist who grew up under the thumb of his domineering rich posh mother Helena. Even in his adulthood she still has a stranglehold over him since she's financing his research based on the discoveries of his late scientist father. His obsession is to successfully use lizard DNA to stimulate regeneration of dead or dying tissue which could lead to cure for cancer or even regeneration of lost limbs in humans. He soon has a breakthrough but all his dreams are crushed when he learns that his manipulative mother and her unscrupulous boyfriend Dr. Hans Vaughn are planing to take all of his research from him and sell it as their own. Enraged, Harrison has an argument with his mother and Vaughn which ends in tragedy when an automated door accidentally sever his right arm. Harrison injects himself with his regeneration serum to try and grow a new hand. Unfortunately, it turns out that his new scaly limb has a killer mind of its own. Harrison runs away and finds shelter in ...

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Science out of control. Terror out on a limb.

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence, and for language. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Army See more »

Filming Locations:

Wisconsin, USA

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

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The only film of Denise Wallace after which she disappeared from the movie business. See more »

Quotes

Harrison Harrison: I had become what I despised most - a killer. My new mutant arms had turned on my friends and killed them. And there was no one to blame except myself. But I had no time for remorse or pity. I had time for only one thing - Eve.
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Armed and Dangerous. A Tragedy.
27 February 2018 | by WisdomsHammerSee all my reviews

The son of a domineering, and conniving widow (Elke Sommer), whose henchman lover is some kind of Nazi doctor (Oliver Reed), tries to recreate his father's gene experiments. The son loses his arm after getting it caught in a door during an intense argument with them and in an act of desperation tries the formula he's managed to concoct so far on himself. Instead of growing back a normal arm, he grows a sort of tentacled monster arm that can detach, crawl off and kill. He runs away from his mother and befriends a bunch of homeless people who take him in (Garrett Morris's character among them). His mother and her brutal accomplice follow him to get the formula. For B-movie fans, this is a pretty awesome treat. My biggest complaint is that they made this a tragedy with a heroes and not a feel-good revenge movie. I got sick of seeing the hero constantly being stepped on and acting like an idiot. He's got an army and a brain but doesn't seem to know how to use either. I realize that wanting a happy ending is my own personal preference. Others will enjoy it regardless. The effects are cheesy but fun, and the acting is well done on every one's part except for the main character, unfortunately. Sommer and Reed are deliciously wicked. The sets are great and the whole production was well done, in my opinion. If it weren't for the main character's acting and the way the script treated him, I would rate this much higher. In many ways, this reminded me of Idle Hands, which I enjoyed a little more. Definitely recommended for any B-movie lover who likes a cheesy, gooey mess of sci-fi and horror.


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