Severed Ties (1992)
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Severed Ties is a lost early 90's gem of a balls-out, over the top horror/comedy film. It's a story about a young scientist Harrison Harrison(Billy Morrissette)bent on rediscovering his dead father's formula for tissue regeneration, which he thinks he destroyed, along with killing his father in a freak accident. Lurking in the shadows is his overbearing, clingy, and suspicious mother (former beauty Elke Sommer) and her equally suspicious boyfriend (the late, great Oliver Reed) who want to take the formula and do evil with it. In a freak accident, Harrison loses his arm and runs off with the formula when he discover his mother's plans. Naturally, he tries the formula out and grows a reptilian (and farily dangerous) new arm, befriends a bunch of homeless people (including Garrett Morris, whose a joy to watch in this), and battles his mother and boyfriend in a climatic ending that isn't going to be a happy one! Like I said, this film is wholly over the top and insane, mixing elements of Re-Animator, Freaked, and Street Trash. The gore is definitely prominent throughout, as are a gaggle of outdated visual effects to keep avid fans of these kinds of films engaged. Fun performances from the cast, especially an off the wall (not to mention VERY creepy) performance from musician Johnny Legend as a raspy voiced preist with a few screws loose. This is a cult classic film that desperately needs to be released on DVD, which may never happen. If you can obtain a copy of this film somehow, get it and watch it. Terrific film.
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