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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Eric Red

Writers:

Pierre Boileau (novel), Thomas Narcejac (novel) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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 ... 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 ... Nurse #1
Allan Price Allan Price ... T.V. Reporter #1
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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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The transplant was a success. Then the donor came to take it back. 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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Advertisements for the movie were cancelled in Wisconsin due to the Dahmer killings. See more »

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While set in New York City the door shields on the NYPD police cars randomly change from correct NYPD crests to generic 'Metro Police' crests. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Two scenes were heavily cut due to Paramount's insistence:
  • 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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Star Bar Jam
by Mike Moran
Performed by Graham Walker
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You must own this Horror to make others watch it at gunpoint.
6 September 2007 | by RabbitMayhemSee all my reviews

This is what happens when the two best movie genres in the world meet each other and have passionate sex. It's SCI-FI mixed in with sick old fashioned HORROR. It's the most beautiful mix ever and it was done in this ERIC RED masterpiece. All the best aspects for a good horror/sci-fi were perfectly aligned for this one. An outstanding lead actor, JEFF FAHEY (The Lawnmower Man), a great movie maker, ERIC RED, and a good book, "CHOICE CUTS" from BOILEAU-NARCEJAC. It's starts off good, then it gets better, but it doesn't stop there. It becomes eerie, then sick, then crazy, and all of a sudden you end up watching a violent twisted ending. Once you get passed the "yeah right" idea of the body grafting, you're in and hooked. You cannot expect CGI, or witty modern dialogue, due to the fact that it was made in 1991 just before the big change between good old-fashioned bloody gore and the new commercial stuff you see today. You will, at the very least, be moved by the fact that you saw it and can make a constructive criticism yourself without outside judgment. It was missed by the popular audience but will always be remembered by HORROR fanatics everywhere. It's a definite keeper.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Body Parts See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,032,258, 4 August 1991

Gross USA:

$9,188,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,188,150
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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