Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Hand (1981)

3 / 5 Jan '09
Tagline: It Lives. It Crawls. And Suddenly, It kills.
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Written by: Marc Brandell, Oliver Stone
Actors include: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe
Genre: Horror
Length: 104 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

Well...what an odd flick really made even stranger by Oliver Stone's involvement (he even plays a crotchety bum that gets killed in the film). The story is about a gifted cartoonist who loses his hand in a tragic auto accident. His hand is never found, and he has great difficulty coping with the loss. Anyhow people start pissing him off and then we see the hand crawling around and seeking revenge. The actual effects especially with the hand are quite impressive and I'm sure this film took a heck of a lot of work. Thing is, it's too long, it's too pretentious for the style of film it actually is (black and white shots...completely unnecessary) and the ending is rather well stupid and should piss off many. Certainly not a bad idea and the beginning of the film is captivating and parts are worthwhile but so much of it is dull relations between the cartoonist and his unlikeable wife...yawn! At least the role of their daughter was played by the little girl who was Christina in "Mommie Dearest", that cheered me up! Not terrible, but definitely strange and somewhat disappointing unfortunately.

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