The Severed Arm
Written & Directed by Thomas S. Alderman
Jeff Ashton...David G. Cannon
Dr. Sanders...John Crawford
Madman Herman...Marvin Kaplan
After "five nightmarish years", the past comes back to haunt a group of estranged friends. It seems that they all used to share a bit of a foolish hobby: exploring old, abandoned mines without any concern for their personal well-being. A hobby like that is going to go south sooner or later (which is why I stick to safer pastimes, like comic book collecting and chain smoking), and a cave-in leaves them trapped beneath the earth, with "no food, and damn little water."
It's actually pretty impressive that they managed to last as long as they did before losing their shit. After a week, one of them recounts a story about sailors trapped at sea who resorted to cannibalism to survive. They laugh this off at first, some sort of a sick joke, but a few more weeks later, and it's suddenly not seeming like such a bad idea.
They don't want to kill anyone, of course. They just want to feast on him. So they draw straws to see who the lucky donor is, knock his ass out, and chop off the poor fellow's arm. But no sooner than the hatchet is through the sinew do they hear the tell-tale sounds of a rescue crew. The remaining quadrupeds blame the amateur amputation on the victim himself, saying that he had gone crazy and cut off his own arm in some misguided attempt at heroism.
Flash forward to "modern" day, and the One-Armed Wonder has escaped from the mental institution and is seeking revenge.
Give him a hand, ladies and gentlemen!
When I saw this available for streaming on Netflix Instant Watch, I was hoping this was some undiscovered gem, on par with Blood Feast, whose sparkling qualities couldn't immediately be seen because it was so thoroughly coated in slime and sleaze. What I found instead was that there was a definite reason that this has remained undiscovered: Every time someone discovers it, they are quick to put it back where they found it.
An almost mind-numbingly dull proto-slasher flick. I'd be hard-pressed to find much of a reason to recommend this to anyone.
Although that title screen was pretty damn sweet.
"I asked you to wait...I begged you...I won't forget!"