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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: September 26th, 2006.
    Director: Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay
    Cast: Hashmat Khan, Manjeet Kular, Ajay Agarwal, Aarti Gupta, Mohnish Bahl, Puneet Issar, Ajay Agarwal
    Year: 1990/1984
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    The Bollywood Horror Collection Volume One: Bandh Dawarza & Purana Mandir – Movie Review:

    Just as cult movie fans start to complain that the DVD well is beginning to run dry (this was written in 2006, and the well did not run dry, nor has it run dry in the years that have passed), Mondo Macabro digs up another interesting film (or in this case, a pair of films) to smack us outside the head with, reminding us that there’s still plenty of gems out there waiting to be discovered even if fans have to dig a little harder to find them these days. Enter The Bollywood Horror Collection: Volume One, consisting of two brain melting horror films from India: 1990’s
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    by Published on 06-04-2020 08:18 AM
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    Released by: Shout! Factory
    Released on: May 26th, 2020.
    Director: John Carpenter
    Cast: Kurt Russell, Stacey Keach, Pam Grier, Bruce Campbell, Steve Buscemi, George Corraface, Cliff Robertson, Peter Fonda
    Year: 1996
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    Escape From L.A. – Movie Review:

    Made a decade and a half after 1981’s Escape From New York made Snake Plissken a cult icon in the truest sense of the word, 1995’s Escape From L.A. brings leading man Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter back for a second run. The results? Not as good! But definitely a lot of fun in its own, overly goofy way. Where the first film got dark
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    by Published on 06-04-2020 08:17 AM
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    Released by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: June 3rd, 2020.
    Written by: Warren Ellis
    Illustrated by: Jason Masters
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    The first story arc of the new James Bond series from Warren Ellis and Jason Masters beings in Helsinki, Finland. Here we see a bearded man running through the empty streets in the middle of the night. Snow falls as he makes his way into a construction site. We see he has a cross carved on his forehead – we also see that he’s armed. He makes his way through the site, draws his pistol and takes aim but someone else, someone unseen, shoots
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    by Published on 06-03-2020 08:46 AM
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    Released by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: June 3rd, 2020.
    Written by: Ethan Sacks
    Illustrated by: Rodney Buchemi
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    People, let me tell you,
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    by Published on 06-02-2020 08:20 AM
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    Released by: Umbrella Entertainment
    Released on: July 6th, 2017.
    Director: Larry G. Spangler
    Cast: Jack Elam, Ruth Roman, Jeff Cooper, John Kellogg, Gene Evans, Diane Ewing
    Year: 1974
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    Knife For The Ladies – Movie Review:

    "WARNING! When the ripper slashes - grab your throats and pray!"

    A Knife For The Ladies, also known as Jack The Ripper Goes West, takes place in Mescal, a small town in the American southwest. It opens with a scene where a man finishes
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    by Published on 06-01-2020 07:50 AM
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    Released by: Shout! Factory
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Satoshi Kon
    Cast: Toru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto
    Year: 2003
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    Tokyo Godfathers – Movie Review:

    By Robert Morgan

    Before he died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer, the visionary Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon made several highly influential animated features he imbued with imagination, humanity, wit, and a lifelong love of anime, manga, the novels of Philip K. Dick, and Terry Gilliam’s towering comic fantasies.
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    by Published on 05-31-2020 08:05 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: John Carradine, John Durren, Burr Smidt, William Roy, Jill Jacobson, Marilyn Joi, Catherine Erhardt, Vaughn Armstrong, Renee Harmon, Mark Weston, Don Stewart, Jennifer Houlton
    Year: 1977/1977/1971/1983/1983
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day – and today brings us to the big finish!

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.
    You can read coverage of discs nine and ten here.
    You can read coverage of discs eleven and twelve here.

    Here’s a look at discs thirteen and fourteen of this blatant act of high definition absurdity in deluxe boxed set form.

    Disc Thirteen – Sunset Cover/Nurse Sherri/ Cinderella 2000:

    The first feature on disc thirteen is 1977’s Sunset Cove and, of course, Al Adamson at one point made a sexy beach comedy because… whatever. He just did. It isn’t my fault. And it isn’t very good. Yet, here we are, because like most of Adamson’s movies, even if it isn’t good it’s watchable enough. The jokes are obvious and the breasts gratuitous, but that’s okay.

    The story revolves around a group of ‘teenagers’ who are happy to put the school year behind them. They pile into a rad-tastic seventies van that has ‘The Complete Van’ painted on the side, just in case you thought it was an incomplete van. It’s a pretty sweet ride. They’re going to hit up the beautiful beach at
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    by Published on 05-30-2020 08:43 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Herbert Lom, Marilyn Joi, John Kitzmiller, Olive Moorefield, Dobie Gray, Clifton Brown, Dennis Safren, Jim Kelly, Felix Silla, George Lazenby, Aldo Ray, Harold Sakata
    Year: 1972/1976/1976/1978
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t have to toss myself out a sixth story window.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.
    You can read coverage of discs nine and ten here.

    Here’s a look at discs nine and ten of this mesmerizingly silly boxed set.

    Disc Eleven – Mean Mother/Uncle Tom’s Cabin:

    Directed by Adamson in 1976, Uncle Tom’s Cabin features a genuinely strange series of text screens early in the film that almost feel like they were meant for a trailer. This text alerts us to how the film was based on the 1852 novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe and how Abraham Lincoln called it the book that started the Civil War. It’s odd timing and placement for the text, but there it is anyway.

    When the story itself starts, a young slave woman (Marilyn Joi) is raped by white plantation workers, her father on a chain gang nearby. It’s a harsh opening that then leads into a storyline where we meet the Shelby Family who are in tough financial straits and needing to sell some of their slaves to a cruel plantation named Simon Legree (Herbert Lom), a cruel man with a burn mark of some sort on his face. He visits the family and is insulted by their son, George (Thomas Fritsch), who is an abolitionist, at the dinner
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    by Published on 05-29-2020 08:25 AM
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection (Severin Films) Blu-ray Review (Part Five Of Seven)
    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Georgina Spelvin, Susan McIver, Rosalind Miles, Sandy Carey, Sondra Currie, Regina Carrol, Jennifer Biship, Rod Cameron, Timothy Brown, Russ Tamblyn, Geoffrey Land, Alan Tang, James Hong, Aldo Ray
    Year: 1974/1975/1976/1974/1976
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t have to check myself into rehab.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.

    Here’s a look at discs nine and ten of this mind-altering boxed set.

    Disc Nine – Girls For Rent/Jessi’s Girls/Nurses For Sale:

    The first disc starts off with 1974’s Girls For Rent (also known as I Spit On Your Corpse), which opens with a scene set ‘south of the border’ where a prison transport truck brings a gang of female convicts to a work site. They’re let out of the truck to do some manual labor under watch of some armed guards, those guards unaware that a criminal organization has planned to use this opportunity to bust out a woman named Sandra (Georgina Spelvin).

    Once the escape is made, Sandra is
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    by Published on 05-28-2020 08:30 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Gary Kent, Russ Tamblyn, Jackie Taylor, Regina Carrol, Evelyn Frank, Scott Brady, Ross Hagen, Kent Taylor, Preston Pierce, William Bonner, Robert Livingston, Connie Hoffman, Richard Smedley, Donna Young, Marilyn Joy, Sandy Carey, Yvonne De Carlo, Don 'Red' Barry
    Year: 1969/1971/1974/1975
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t shit my pants and start drooling.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.

    Here’s a look at discs six and seven of this ridiculous boxed set.

    Disc Seven – Satan’s Sadists/Angels’ Wild Women:

    First up, a biker-trash epic in the form of Angels’ Wild Women, a late period entry that isn’t quite as entertaining as the second feature on this disc but which works on many of the same levels. When the movie opens, two dirt bags are chasing a foxy black woman (Magie Bembry) dubbed 'Cool Chick' through a field. When they catch up to her, she's raped.

    What the rapists didn't necessarily realize is that Cool Chick was part of a super tough gang of female bikers. Led by Margo (Regina Carrol), they're not pleased at all about what's happened to Cool Chick and they decide to
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    by Published on 05-27-2020 08:28 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Carradine, Kent Taylor, Colonel Sanders, Vicki Volante, Zandor Vorkov, Lon Chaney Jr., John Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, J. Carrol Naish, Angelo Rossitto, Regina Carroll
    Year: 1968/1970/1971/1971
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I my brain doesn’t fry.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.

    Here’s a look at discs five and six of this ridiculous boxed set.

    Disc Five – The Fakers/Hell’s Bloody Devils:

    1968’s The Fakers (which is how it is credited on the packaging), uses a title card that calls the film Smashing The Crime Syndicate. This movie starts off with a weird animation showing swastikas, hammer and sickle logos and ending on an American twenty dollar bill. It doesn’t use the title of The Fakers though it does use a song called The Fakers in it. Silhouettes of naked ladies gyrate behind the rest of the opening titles. It’s quite a sight.

    A man falls out of a car just before it goes over a cliff and bursts into flames. He’s injured but
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    by Published on 05-26-2020 08:27 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Caroll Montour, Al Adamson, Shirely Tegge, Robert Fix, John Carradine, John Bud Cardos, Barbara Bishop, Alex D'Arcy, Jennifer Bishop
    Year: 1960/1970/1969/1970
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t pass out from exhaustion.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.

    Here’s a look at discs three and four from this voluminous effort.

    Disc Three – Half Way To Hell/Five Bloody Graves:

    1960’s Half Way To Hell is actually Al Adamson’s directorial debut. His work in the director’s chair on this picture may be uncredited, but it’s still definitely his work and an interesting glance at the utterly bizarre career that would follow. Adamson actually co-directed the film with his father, Victor Adamson, better known as old-timey cowboy movie star Denver Dixon. The making of this film and the importance of its role in Adamson’s ‘evolution’ as a filmmaker are well-covered in the Blood & Flesh documentary on the first disc.

    Anyway, what is this legitimate cinematic obscurity all about? Set in 1902 in the days before the Mexican Revolution, we meet Maria San Carlos (Caroll Montour),
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    by Published on 05-25-2020 09:42 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Al Adamson, Nesa Renet, Lon Chaney Jr., Russ Tamblyn, Roy Morton, Tacey Robbins, John Carradine
    Year: 2019/1971/1964/1971/1964
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t pass out from exhaustion.

    Here’s a look at the first two discs in this massive set.

    Disc One – Blood & Flesh/The Female Bunch:

    Al Adamson led an interesting life and David Gregory’s 2019 documentary Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death Of Al Adamson does an excellent job of exploring that life, as well as the late filmmaker’s unusual death.

    We open with a bit of a teaser as to how this all ends before then settling down into a more linear look at Adamson’s life and times. We learn a bit about his childhood, about his parents and how his father, Denver Dixon, starred in plenty of early western films, which led to Adamson’s first getting into the film business as an actor. From here we learn that he was better at telling people what to do than at being told what to do, and he made the switch from actor to director with his first feature, Psycho-A-Go-Go. The flood gates soon opened and once he paired up with distributor Sam Sherman, he was off and running, cranking
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    by Published on 05-24-2020 08:47 AM
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    Released by: Artsmagic
    Released on: March 29th, 2005.
    Director: Chûsei Sone, Noboru Tanaka, Toshiharu Ikeda, Takashi Ishii
    Cast: Machiko Ohtani, Sanshô Shinsui, Megu Kawashima, Yûki Mizuhara, Keizô Kanie, Jun Aki, Eri Kanuma, Takeo Chii, Mimi Sawaki, Jun Izumi, Masahiko Abe, Kyoko Ito, Mayako Katsuragi, Naoto Takenaka, Hirofumi Kobayashi
    Year: 1978/1979/1979/1981/1985
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    Angel Guts - The Nikkatsu Series – Movie Review:

    The Angel Guts series, all based on some unusual erotic horror manga by Takashi Ishii (who would later become familiar to Japanese film enthusiasts as the director of the Black Angel films, the Gonin films, and Freeze Me) are not particularly accessible films – at least not by the standards of western viewing audiences. On the surface, they blend sex and violence (something still rather taboo on these shores) and they all deal with the act of rape, never shying away from depicting it either.

    While at first glance these films are nothing more than the crass glorification of sexual violence towards women, when one takes a closer look at them and gives some thought to the context in which the events in these films occur, it does become obvious that although these stories are told very graphically, there’s a lot more to them than first appears. The ‘guts’ in the title of the series doesn’t represent a woman’s innards but in fact refers to the courage they portray by surviving their predicaments. Hardly something you’d want to show at a rape survivor support group meeting, but not quite
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    by Published on 05-23-2020 08:33 AM
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    Released by: Impulse Pictures
    Released on: June 24th, 2008.
    Director: Dan Wolman
    Cast: Christina Lindberg, Monica Ekman, Kriter Ekman, Leif Naeslund
    Year: 1971
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    Maid In Sweden – Movie Review:

    An American-Swedish co-production bankrolled by none other than Cannon Films, Maid In Sweden has been at the top of many a Lindberg fan's wish list for some time now. While the film follows a formula almost to a fault, it features enough of Christina in her birthday suit to more than make up for whatever
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    by Published on 05-22-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: May 22nd, 2020.
    Director: Tanya Rosenberg
    Cast: Gregory Scott Cummins, Laura Albert, Shelley Abblett, Ken Carpenter, Ross Hagen, Don Dowe, George 'Buck' Flower
    Year: 1990
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    Blood Games – Movie Review:

    "At the bottom of the ninth, it's every man for himself!"

    Sports ruin a lot of things, don’t they? It's time to celebrate the birthday of one Roy Collins (Gregory Scott Cummins) and his dad, Mino (Ken Carpenter as Luke Shay), his arranged
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    by Published on 05-22-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: June 30th, 2020.
    Director: Joel Bender
    Cast: Ron Ray, Chris Crone, Clarke Lindsley, Melody Patterson, Steve Jamieson
    Year: 1989
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    The Immortalizer – Movie Review:

    “If you’ve been thinking about plastic surgery, Dr Devine would like to change your mind.”

    Directed by Joel Bender, the man who gave us Gas Pump Girls among others, 1989’s The Immortalizer beings when a guy named Gregg (Chris Cone), his brother and their two gal
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    by Published on 05-22-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: May 22nd, 2020.
    Director: James Wood
    Cast: James Mathers, John F. Kearney, Dawn Carver Kelly, Nadine Kalmes, Jake Pearson
    Year: 1979
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    Dr. Jekyll’s Dungeon Of Death – Movie Review:

    Directed by James Wood and released in 1979, Dr. Jekyll’s Dungeon Of Death might sound like the sort of campy nonsense that Al Adamson might have handled, but nope! This is a surprisingly grim and mean spirited picture about Dr. Henry Jekyll (James
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    by Published on 05-22-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: June 30th, 2020.
    Director: Paul Schrader
    Cast: Natasha Richardson, Ving Rhames, William Forsythe, Dana Delany
    Year: 1988
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    Patty Hearst – Movie Review:

    By Todd Jordan

    Paul Schrader, known for his directorial efforts such as Hardcore and the 1982 remake of Cat People, and known even more so for his screenwriting credits such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, helms this biopic based on the controversial Patty Hearst story.

    For those not familiar with
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    by Published on 05-22-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: May 22nd, 2020.
    Director: Tom Alderman
    Cast: Deborah Walley, Paul Carr, David G. Cannon, Marvin Kaplan, John Crawford, Vince Martorano
    Year: 1973
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    The Severed Arm – Movie Review:

    Tom Alderman’s 1973 film The Severed Arm opens with an amazing scene where a shadowy figure cuts the arm off of a body in a morgue and then has it delivered, vis USPS of course, to a man named Jeff Ashton (David G. Cannon)! Oddly enough, Jeff calls a few buddies to let them
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