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The Devil's Hand (1961)

Unrated | | Horror | 13 September 1961 (USA)
A man is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman. When he finally meets her, he winds up involved in a Satanic cult.

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Bianca Milan
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Rick Turner
Ariadna Welter ...
Donna Trent
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Francis Lamont
Gere Craft ...
Mary the Nurse
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The Blonde Cultist (as Jeannie Carman)
Julie Scott ...
Cult Member
Diane Spears ...
Cult Member
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The Elderly Cultist
Bruno VeSota ...
Lindell's Sponsor (as Bruno Ve-Sota)
Dick Lee ...
Cult Member
Jim Knight ...
Cult Member
Coleen Vico ...
Cult Member
Roy Wright ...
Doctor
Romona Ravez ...
Cult Member
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Rick Turner is engaged of Donna Trent and is having nightmares with a beautiful blonde woman dancing in the sky. One night, he is mysteriously driven to a doll shop, and in the next morning he returns to the place with Donna. He finds a doll that resembles his fiancé, but the owner Francis Lamont delivers another doll to him, with the face of the woman of his dreams, Bianca Milan. Rick looks for Bianca and is seduced and convinced by her to join a sect that worships the diabolic Camba, while the health of Donna is threatened by Francis and Bianca. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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[first lines]
Rick Turner: Who're your friends?
Donna Trent: My *date* for the afternoon. You're twenty minutes late.
Rick Turner: Sorry.
Donna Trent: You hear that? He says he's sorry. Do you think I should marry a man who is late for his appointments?
Rick Turner: She's proposing again.
Donna Trent: Only for the seventeenth time.
Rick Turner: You've waited all your life for the perfect mate; what's twenty minutes more?
Donna Trent: You should get over that inferiority complex.
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26 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Devil's Hand" is a slick little B-film that moves at an amazingly fast clip. Don't look for deep characterizations, or explorations of motives, or anything else that would make the story stumble.

This flick takes itself seriously. It's established at the outset that the Gamba cult is real, and several scenes indicate that it has actual power. And there's never a nudge or wink from any of the characters to indicate otherwise.

The acting may not be top-notch, but it's credible enough. The opening theme is quite cool, too, and would be a good addition to a surf rock collection; unfortunately, it's never identified.

And the overall theme is still relevant today—how easy it can be to get sucked into a cult (religious, political, philosophical—take your pick) because of one's hopes of improving his lot. Look at the worshipers; by and large they look just like you'n'me. No wild-eyed zealots, no borderline personalities, just…ordinary people.

My only real quibble is the casting of Neil Hamilton as the villain. He seems to have been rather a one-note talent; his demeanor throughout the movie, whether fronting the doll shop or presiding over potential human sacrifice, is rather bland. Or maybe I just can't accept Commissioner Gordon being on the wrong side of the law!


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