Synopsis

Jeff Ashton recoiled in horror after finding a severed arm inside a package just delivered to his door. It immediately reminded him of what happened five years ago, when he and five of his pals were trapped in a cave inside a desolate mine they'd been exploring. After two weeks and facing starvation, their only option had been to resort of cannibalism in order to survive. Reluctantly they agreed to draw straws and Ted sacrificed a limb so everybody could have a meal. Seconds after cutting off their friend's arm they were rescued and blamed the amputation on the rockfall. The five men swore never to tell anyone what had really happened. Ted said he'd never foget what they'd done to him and vowed revenge.

Director

Thomas S. Alderman

Cast

Paul Carr
as Detective Mark
Marvin Kaplan
as Mad Man Herman
John Crawford
as Doctor Sanders
Ray Dannis
as Ted Rogers

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 6 /10

more worthy of attention than it's low average score would suggest

This is far better than some make out and certainly more worthy of attention than it's low average score would suggest. However appropriate the title, I guess it does give the impression that there may be more blood and guts than there is and some may be disappointed in that respect. The direction is certainly uneven and the acting perhaps more so and maybe there could have been less driving about in the dark but I still enjoyed it. There are some standout scenes including two excellent lift sequences and the early scenes down the cave are pretty grim. I thought the crazy DJ was going to irritate but in the end I found his antics quite endearing, especially as we (and he) are anticipating the inevitable. Admittedly the film slows now and again but never for long and the great ending is worth the wait.

Reviewed by slasherfan-591-817764 8 /10

Dark and Underrated Slasher from 70s

One of those dark and forgotten slashers from 70's that fans never stop look for. From a somewhat illogical and implausible premise, the film will catching as the story unfolds. This is facilitated by the atmosphere of mystery surrounding the characters and the dark ambient that envelops the entire film. The deaths, without being spectacular and bloody, are quite effective and interpretations, even without moving from discrete, are above average for this type of films. Actors appear in the movie as Paul Carr (Sisters of Death), Deborah Walley (The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini) or Marvin Kaplan (Snakes). The director Thomas S. Alderman (Coed Dorm) unfortunately did not return to direct more films. Although I know there are opinions against, for me it is a jewel of I declare unconditional follower.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 /10

I guess I am bucking the crowd, but I liked this one...

"The Severed Arm" has a very low score on IMDb and the reviews are generally unfavorable. Oddly, I actually liked the film and thought it very unique and worth seeing. I could be wrong, but I was surprised as the title sure makes it sound like a terrible film.

The first part of the film is told as a flashback. A group of six guys go exploring in a creaky old cave. Unfortunately, one of the guys is a stupid idiot and he causes a cave-in...and they are trapped for two weeks. Not surprisingly, they are starving when one of them insists that they only way to survive is to eat PART of one of them. He insists that they draw lots and the loser is eaten...in part. Not all of them are in agreement but he pushes them to do this. After ripping off the poor loser's arm, a rescue party arrives--and the folks all agree to lie about what happened and say that the man with the missing are was injured and they HAD to do surgery on him!

Five years pass. Now bad things start happening to the five who perpetrated this arm-carnage. Some are dismembered...some are killed. But there is a special punishment for the ring leader!

I thought the film very original, quite clever and set a wonderful and tense mood. Is it a great film? Nah...but for what it is, it's surprisingly watchable. Also, I was glad that the who arm ripping off angle was not overly gross and gratuitous!

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