|THE SEVERED ARM (director/writer: Thomas S. Alderman; screenwriter: Darryl Presnell/story by Larry Alexander//Marc B. Rand; cinematographer: Bob Maxwell; editor: Sonny Klein/Joe Ravetz; music: Phillan Bishop; cast: Deborah Walley (The Victim's Daughter), Paul Carr (Detective Mark), David G. Cannon (Jeff Ashton), Marvin Kaplan (Mad Man Herman), John Crawford (Doctor Sanders), Ray Dannis (Ted Rogers), Vince Martorano (Bill); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Gary Adelman; Video Gems (Media Cinema Guide); 1973)|
|"For those who get off over weird
films, this one should be appetizing."
by Dennis Schwartz
exploitation film directed by Thomas S. Alderman
("Coed Dorm"). Larry Alexander supplies the
story. It's cravenly written by Alderman, Darryl
Presnell, and Marc B. Rand. The
acting was amateurish.
cave hobbyist explorers are trapped while exploring an
abandoned cave due to falling rocks. Since they can't
get free and after 7 days are starving, they draw lots
to see who will donate their arm for dinner. After the
loser's arm (Ray Dannis) is
amputated, all are immediately rescued. They tell no
one why the arm was removed, fearing a bad public
reaction. After the rescue, the meek amputee acts
strangely and vows revenge. He's locked up in a mental
hospital. After five years of incarceration, he's
released. Soon his cannibalistic pals start getting
killed off one-by-one and each loses an arm in the
same way he did at the cave. Who the killer is remains
a mystery, as there is a surprise ending.
those who get off over weird films, this one should be
REVIEWED ON 5/6/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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