Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.
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
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This is, in fact, a very loose adaptation of a French novel which had sold very well in English translation over 25 years previously. It had been announced as a Hollywood project (with a screenplay by David Newman and Robert Benton) several times in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 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 confronts Dr. Agatha Webb to remove the arm]
I want it off.
Dr. Agatha Webb:
Are you insane?
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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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.
Interesting sci-fi, unfortunately grouped in horror genre
I saw this film some 10 years ago in a movie theatre in Zimbabwe. It left an impact on me as I am a fan of sci-fi more than of horror films.
Much has been written about "mindless sci-fi" such as the Star War films where sounds are "heard" in outer space where in reality you can't hear anything. Yet sci-fi lovers seem to have missed out on this neat theory of body parts having a mind (NOT, mind you, a "brain") of their own--all belonging to the original individual. It appears to be nothing more than nonsense to us in accepted conventional science but I found it more appealing than some of the works of Lucas and Spielberg.
I think the film needs reassessment as a "sci-fi" film--not merely as a horror film. I am convinced this film is more appealing in subject matter than "Fantastic Voyage" or "The Flatliners", purely as a science fiction movie. Take it or leave it--the subject challenges today's scientific thought however stupid it appears to us today. And as cinema, I have seen worse stuff from well-known Hollywood directors. I would like to read the book "Choice cuts" before figuring out if the film was better than the work of the author. The film has made me curious about the novel--that in itself speaks much for the film's director, Eric Red.
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