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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.

Director:

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.

Genres:

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

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The last out of the three films released by the cult horror magazine Fangoria in the early 1990s, the other two being Children of the Night and Mindwarp. 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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Silly Fangoria produced gore comedy.
12 April 2008 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A young scientist is trying to carry on his dead father's work on limb regeneration.His overbearing mother has convinced him that he murdered his own father and is monitoring his progress for her own evil purposes.A young doctor uses reptilian DNA he extracts from a large creature and when his arm is conveniently ripped off a few minutes later,he injects himself with his formula and grows a new murderous arm...Admittedly the special effects in "Severed Ties" are pretty good and grotesque,but the rest of the film is awful.The severed arm is behaving like a snake and kills few people.Big deal.The acting is mediocre and the climax is silly.3 out of 10.


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