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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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Dr. Hans Vaughan
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Helena Harrison
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Stripes
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Harrison Harrison (as Billy Morrisette)
Johnny Legend ...
Preacher
Denise Wallace ...
Eve
Roger Perkovich ...
Lawrence
Bekki Vallin ...
Uta
Gerald Shidell ...
Dr. Harrison
Marilyn Penn-Lindley ...
Servant (as Marilyn Penn)
Julian Weaver ...
Policeman
Betty Perkovich ...
Bag Lady Bum
James Clermont ...
One-Eyed Bum
Dave Conseur ...
Thin Bum (as Dave Consoer)
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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Oliver Reed's last Horror film. See more »

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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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A cross between BASKET CASE, RE-ANIMATOR, and STREET TRASH
8 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

While I liked the above mentioned films more, SEVERED TIES was definitely a good horror-comedy. It was not quite as gory as i had expected. This is probably because my brother and his girlfriend put way too much hype on it. Don't get me wrong, it did have some sweet gore, just don't expect it to be on the level of EVIL DEAD II. There was also some pretty funny parts in the movie, especially the extremely creepy preaching bum. Some of the stuff that dude said had me rolling. I also liked how the old time music in this movie was similar to the music playing in THE SHINING when Jack Nicholson is at the bar. The setting was cool too, kinda like a colorful cross between RE-ANIMATOR and STREET TRASH.

Basically as far as horror-comedy/splatter flicks go, it was better than EVIL ED but definitely not as good as BAD TASTE or DEAD ALIVE. If you like this be sure to check out BODY MELT, SLIME CITY, and of course the RE-ANIMATOR movies.


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