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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 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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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

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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 »

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Army See more »

Filming Locations:

Wisconsin, USA

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Ultra Stereo

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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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An armful of mutation trouble.
23 October 2006 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A young scientist Harry Harrison is continuing his late father's scientific research into limb regeneration with flying colours, but his interferingly dominate mother and her doctor lover want to sell off the serum. When he finds out, there is an accident involving Harry losing an arm. So, he tries out the serum and what eventuates is a genetically deranged arm that has a mind of its own.

Oh we've seen this oh so many times before, but what lifts this very campy and quite rubbery shonky junk is the performance of movie icons Elke Sommer and Oliver Reed. Actually it's not a bad flick by Fangoria films; just there are better ones out there, which are similar in vein. "Servered Ties" simply lacks it own distinctive style. The oddball nature and unpleasant splatter resembled "Re-animator" and even a touch of slapstick stuck out like something from "Evil Dead 2".

The comic story is truly whacked out with it's black humour, but it can get melodramatic and a bit in dry in the fun factor. Surprises do crop up, especially the flick's final outcome. Which is well accepted, as I thought it could have copped out with something more accessible. For a low-budget production the FX makeup can look rigid and very goofy, but there's some grotesque moments that will make you smile than actually cringe. Even a brush of sexual tension streamlines the story, thanks to Elke Sommer's sternly juicy performance as the mother. Oliver Reed is quite humorously deadpan in a wicked sense and he pulls it off extremely well. They were both immensely diverting as the couple you loved to hate. Billy Morrisette is delightful in a erratic performance as Harry. Director Damon Santostefano briskly paces the film and orchestrates some stylish scenes of gripping and bamboozling horror.

Yeah it's juvenile and basically silly nonsense, but you got to hand it to it for some undemanding entertainment.


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