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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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The Satanic Cult of Hypnotizing Dolls and Blond Spinsters!
4 August 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"The Devil's Hand" is a truly bizarre little horror movie. It's very short and to the point… But what a point! Supernatural themes, romantic love triangles and voodoo! That's all pretty courageous and ambitious for a low-budget horror effort from that time. Too bad it eventually didn't turn out to be a very good movie… Rick Turner is an ordinary man, with loads of appeal to the ladies, whose dreams are disturbed by the reoccurring image of a beautiful blond girl. The odd thing is that his soon-to-be wife supports him without the slightest bit of jealousy. I wonder how my girlfriend would react when telling her I repeatedly dream of a hot blond calling out to me from the skies? Rick's uncomfortable situation grows even weirder when he's led to a toy store where they sell a doll with a face identical to the woman of his dreams. It all turns out to be a conspiracy of a satanic cult, ruled by the shop owner, and the blond uses voodoo and hypnosis to conquer Rick's heart. How's that for seduction techniques? Despite the silly and utterly implausible storyline, "The Devil's Hand" is occasionally atmospheric and several sequences are quite suspenseful, notably the ones set in the cult's headquarters where the members' loyalty to Gamba (the evil God) is tested. Still, there's way too much talking and confusion going on and only the climax contains horrific action. William Hole's directing is very neutral and the only real good performance is given by Neil "Commissioner Gordon" Hamilton. Linda Christian is a beauty, but her acting skills are rather forgettable. Worth a look if you run out of other options.


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