Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours, premieres tomorrow. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm after it is crushed under a rock. In honor of Ralston’s remarkable tale of survival, we here at Screen Junkies came up with a list of other memorable films that feature scenes of amputation. Some of them are disturbing, others are lighthearted, but all of them contain badly mutilated limbs, and that’s the important part. Enjoy!
The Star Wars Trilogy – Various Characters
Before I started writing this article, I never realized how many arms go missing in the Star Wars trilogy. Sure, everyone remembers Luke losing his hand toward the end of The Empire Strikes Back, but the list goes on. In fact, Luke’s not even the only one to lose a limb in Empire, provided you count the snow monster on Hoth. In A New Hope, Ponda Baba loses his arm to Obi Wan, and in Jedi, Vader loses his hand (again). This doesn’t even count all the limbs that are lost in the prequels, but honestly, who gives a damn about the prequels? However, one thing is for certain: George Lucas has a severed-limb fetish. What a sicko.
Evil Dead 2 – Ash
In Evil Dead 2, Ash’s hand becomes possessed and attacks him in a Stangelove-esque fashion. But as the clip above clearly demonstrates, it’s Ash who has the last laugh…sort of.
Blade – Crease
If you somehow manage to disarm a vampire hunter, it’s not a good idea to play around with his weapons. Just ask Crease from the original Blade movie. After disarming Blade, he ends up getting “disarmed” himself by a booby-trapped sword. Well, it was more of a hand than an arm, but still. That’s no picnic. Although I think limbs grow back for vampires, so in the greater scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal.