"Severed concept" is more like it. As a gross-out for teen viewers, SEVERED TIES passes muster, but as a horror film laced with black comedy, it's a messy hybrid of RE-ANIMATOR and THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS with a little CREEPING UNKNOWN for good measure.
Haunted by flashbacks of his father's murder (a killing actually committed by his mother), juvenile genius Harrison Harrison (Billy Morrisette) poutily demands a better grade of cadavers for his experiments in genetics. Surreptiously working for NordKem, his mother, Helena (Elke Sommer), and her
paramour, Dr. Hans Vaughan (Oliver Reed), want him to finish up his father's uncompleted research in gene-splicing ...