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Body Parts (1991)

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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.


Eric Red


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Fahey ... Bill Chrushank
Lindsay Duncan ... Dr. Agatha Webb
Kim Delaney ... Karen Chrushank
Zakes Mokae ... Detective Sawchuck
Brad Dourif ... Remo Lacey
John Walsh ... Charley Fletcher
Paul Ben-Victor ... Ray Kolberg
Peter Murnik Peter Murnik ... Mark Draper
Nathaniel Moreau Nathaniel Moreau ... Bill Jr.
Sarah Campbell Sarah Campbell ... Samantha
Andy Humphrey Andy Humphrey ... Ricky
Lindsay Merrithew ... Roger
James Kidnie ... Detective Jackson
Arlene Duncan Arlene Duncan ... Nurse #1
Allan Price 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 <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos malditos See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,032,258, 2 August 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Larry Gross did uncredited work on the shooting script. See more »


The lead character's car is struck from the rear by a tractor trailer, and we see him fly forward into the dashboard. A rear-end impact would cause the occupant of the struck car to fly backward. In severe cases such as this, the occupant would be ejected out the rear window. See more »


Bill Chrushank: [Bill interviews an inmate on death row] So what happened this morning Ray?
Ray Kolberg: I don't fuckin' no man. It's come over me like something unstoppable, you know? Next thing... I'm on top of him with a fuckin' shiv in his blood. All over the place... all over the place. Fuckin', you know, pumpin' up six feet in the air from his throat right. HAHAHA, HA!
Bill Chrushank: So how does this make you feel Ray, taking someone else's life? How does this make you feel about yourself? How do you feel?
Ray Kolberg: How do you, um, what do ...
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Alternate Versions

Two scenes were heavily cut in order to avoid an NC-17 rating from the MPAA:
  • The car crash sequence was cut back by almost 40 seconds. Deleted was a backwards tracking shot from Jeff Fahey on the road to his twitching, severed arm on the ground. He stares at it in horror until it's splattered by a truck, and he passes out.
  • The surgery scene a few minutes afterwards was cut by well over a minute, deleting several shots of Jeff Fahey's exposed stump/wound, and several seconds of the bloody, twitching donor arm on a medical table.
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Part-ially Hilarious!
30 June 2002 | by jtk57See all my reviews

I saw this movie in college and forgot almost everything about it except for the car chase scene with the handcuffs, so when I saw it again recently, I was pretty much waiting to see if it was as cool as I had remembered. It was, and there were other scenes that induced a chuckle in this cheesy entry. Jeff Fahey, who looks like a poor man's Ray Liotta with better skin and not as much acting ability, plays a nurturing criminal psychologist who spends his days dealing with crazy criminals who say f*ck a lot. After studying a dangerously wobbling wheel on the car in front of him during his commute to work in the morning, he is actually surprised when it snaps off and he gets creamed by an 18 wheeler. Maybe I was in a weird mood, but the sight of him flying through the windshield was unintentionally hilarious. After he gets the killer's arm sewn onto his stump, he begins to act strangely. He starts to cut himself and curse while shaving with the killer's hand. He cracks his kid in the side of the head while wrestling in the family room. He tries to choke out his wife while she's asleep. I found all of this to be really, really funny for some reason. I just couldn't take Fahey's performance seriously. What can I say? It just made me think of the Simpson's episode where Homer gets the hair transplant from Snake the convict. The gore effects where decent, and the sound effects, unusually enough , were very well done, especially the "flesh ripping" sounds that come into play later in the movie. I dare you to keep a straight face when the killer comes back in a neck brace and tries to get his arm back. He is silent except for his mugging face and gurgling sounds as he "takes back what's his". Yeah this movie is "bad", but if that is a good thing to you like it is to me, it's worth seeing. Plus, if you are an unfortunate Blockbuster slave who can't get movies anywhere else, I believe that this is one of the few horror movies they carry that was made before "Scream" and doesn't revolve around Freddy Prinze Jr. or star any Arquette family members. Whatever happened to the talented Mr. Fahey anyway?!

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