After a violent accident in which he loses his hand, cartoonist Jonathan Lansdale finds himself overcome with feelings of anger and rage as his comic strip and family are ripped away from him. These feelings manifest into blackouts and delusions when Jon begins seeing his disembodied hand murdering those around him. THE HAND's silly premise is overcome by Oliver Stone's artful direction and by the seriousness that each of the actors bring to the material. Michael Caine is superb in the role of the embittered artist Jonathan, invoking his pain, mental anguish, and outrage in the viewer through an emotive performance. Though one might presume that a film of this title would be a cheap and exploitative shocker, THE HAND is much more of a psychological thriller with a few brief but bloody murders. The two areas that do take away from the picture lie in the rubbery prosthetic used for the hand and in the tacked on ending that feels entirely out of place. This commonly overlooked 80's gem is sure to please fans of DRESSED TO KILL or Richard Attenborough's MAGIC.
If you liked THE HAND, check out:
MAGIC, QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, DRESSED TO KILL.