Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Hand (1981)

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.

Rating: 8/10.

If you liked THE HAND, check out:
MAGIC, QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, DRESSED TO KILL.

6 comments:

  1. I remember this one from when I was a kid. Used to creep the hell out of me!

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  2. I hadnt even heard of it until Big Lots decided to post it up for $3! Money well spent, I loved Caine in it, a real winner Wings!

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  3. DEFINITELY money well spent! Caine can be awesome, right? He is one of the cheesy good things about Jaws: The Revenge!

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  4. I want to get back to Dressed to Kill as well, I wasnt overly impressed with it as a whole but I enjoyed Caine's performance =D

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  5. Liked this one a lot too. Caine was great and the story was fun.

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  6. I saw this on Commander USA's Groovie Movies on USA. The only thing I remember about it is the scene where his hand gets cut off. They showed another movie about a killer severed hand called DEMONOID. Don't remember much about that one, either.

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