5.8/10
291
5 user 7 critic

The Hands of Orlac (1960)

A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit ... See full summary »

Writers:

(novel), (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An impetuous teenage girl, resentful of her father's new wife, tries to wreck the marriage regardless of the consequences.

Director: Edmond T. Gréville
Stars: David Farrar, Noëlle Adam, Christopher Lee
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three middle-aged distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring bourgeois lives and get in contact with one of Count Dracula's servants, Lord Courtley. In a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith
Carrefour (1938)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A amnesiac industrialist is tricked into a game of mistaken identity.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Charles Vanel, Jules Berry, Suzy Prim
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that.

Director: Peter Brook
Stars: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

It's Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp, pretending to be Destiny, predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl. The same evening, Jean meets Malou. Not ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Yves Montand
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hector Loursat, attorney at law, lives with his daughter Nicole in a vast and shabby mansion in this provincial town... See full synopsis »

Director: Henri Decoin
Stars: Raimu, Juliette Faber, Gabrielle Fontan
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites by attempting to make the holy man's young niece his bride.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson
Paris Frills (1945)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Philippe Clarence, a famous Parisian dressmaker, seduces his friend's fiancee. But, for the 1st time in his life, this is for real. The film is also a sharp picture of the fashion world.

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle, Jean Chevrier
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing.

Director: Alan Gibson
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In London in the 1970s, Scotland Yard police investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Coles
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Régina / Li-Lang
...
Nero the Magician
Lucile Saint-Simon ...
Louise Cochrane Orlac
Edouard Hemme ...
Auge
...
Professor Volchett (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
...
Madame Aliberti
...
Dr. Francis Cochrane
Yanilou ...
Emilie
...
Maurice Seidelman
Franca Bellj ...
Cell Whore (as Franca Bel)
Peter Reynolds ...
Mr. Felix
Campbell Singer ...
Inspector Henderson
...
Graham Coates
Edit

Storyline

A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit crimes. A seedy magician suspects what is happening and tries to blackmail him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The frightening nightmare of a man who finds himself with hands which he can't control! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hands of a Strangler  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the action is supposed to take place in Marseille (not part of the French Riviera); but Nice (streets) and Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat (scenery) are easily recognizable. See more »


Soundtracks

C'est parti
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Jacques Esterel
Sung by Dany Carrel
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Christopher Lee Is As Good As Usual
6 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly rare film starring Christopher Lee, Mel Ferrer and Dany Carrel. Three fine actors in the movie that actually make the film worth watching. Christopher Lee is good as usual in this film... he plays a really wicked blackmailer - watch this film just for his performance if nothing else.

The story is an interesting one: a pianist looses his hands in a accident and surgically gets new hands but he did no know that the hands originally belonged to a murderer.

So we have good actors and a good story. What's wrong with the film is the cinematography.... it's really flat, one-dimensional - amateurish yet watchable. As others have mentioned, there is the lack of some creepy or suspenseful music - if the film had that it would have added a new layer of underlying horror if it was present in the movie.

Over all, I enjoyed this film.... it's just a lack of better cinematography and eerie music that is all that is missing - otherwise a decent story and good acting.

7/10


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?