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The Devil's Hand -- A man is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman. When he finally meets her, he winds up involved in a satanic cult.
The Devil's Hand -- An ordinary man becomes bewitched by the beautiful high priestess of a voodoo cult; but when the cult kidnaps his fiance and prepares to offer her as human sacrifice, he engages in a battle with the supernatural forces.

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Writer:
Jo Heims (screenplay)
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13 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Neato little low budget cultist movie See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Linda Christian ... Bianca Milan
Robert Alda ... Rick Turner
Ariadna Welter ... Donna Trent

Neil Hamilton ... Francis Lamont
Gere Craft ... Mary the Nurse

Jeanne Carmen ... The Blonde Cultist (as Jeannie Carman)
Julie Scott ... Cult Member
Diane Spears ... Cult Member
Gertrude Astor ... 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
Tony Rock ... Cult Member

Directed by
William J. Hole Jr. 
 
Writing credits
Jo Heims (screenplay)

Produced by
Alvin K. Bubis .... producer
Dave Carney .... associate producer
Harris Gilbert .... associate producer
Pierre Groleau .... associate producer
Jack Miles .... executive producer
Nick Newberry .... associate producer (as Rick Newberry)
Rex Carlton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Allyn Ferguson 
Michael Terr  (as Mischa Terr)
 
Cinematography by
Meredith M. Nicholson (photography) (as Meredith Nicholson)
 
Film Editing by
Howard Epstein 
 
Art Direction by
Sherman Loudermilk  (as Sherm Lautermilk)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... make up (as Jack Pierce)
 
Production Management
Jack Miles .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilbur D'Arcy .... second assistant director (as Bill D'Arcy)
Raoul Pagel .... assistant director
 
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Philip Mitchell .... sound mixer (as Phil Mitchel)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack McCoskey .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... wardrobe woman (as Marge Corso)
 
Music Department
Allyn Ferguson .... orchestrator
Rene J. Hall .... music arranger: special arrangements (as Rene Hall)
Baker Knight .... composer: dance theme
Michael Terr .... music director (as Manuel Francisco)
Michael Terr .... orchestrator (as Mischa Terr)
 
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Steve Blauner .... technical advisor (as J. Steven Blauner)
Carl Earn .... assistant to producer
Frank Remsden .... script supervisor
Richard Slavin .... technical advisor
 
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71 min
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UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Unrated

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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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Neato little low budget cultist movie, 23 November 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

I wouldn't say The Devil's Hand is any kind of a classic, but for addicts of old fashioned small budgeted oddities it is most certainly worth a look. It tells a story of a young man who is seduced by a beautiful woman into a devil worshipping cult and the events that follow from this, with themes of voodoo, some mild horror and a heap of Sixties atmosphere. One thing that I found interesting was the cult itself. Apart form the leader, none of them seemed to be especially malevolent or even that active, a comment perhaps along the lines that cultists are in fact relatively innocent people mislead by evil gurus. Also, aside from the potentially deadly tests of faith, the cult do not seem to do much other than chant and dance to exotic sounding flute and drum beats. Couple this with the presence of various exotic, tribal looking artifacts in the seductresses apartment as well as the, as far as I recall multicultural make up of the cult itself and it seems that the film may well have been designed less as a devil worshipping cult frightener and more of a conservative reaction against beatniks and the emerging hippy lifestyle. Certainly the seductress figure appears to represent some sort of ideal of free love as she inducts the hero into the cult for seemingly no particular reason. She says she wants him, but he isn't exactly a prime male specimen so its difficult to see that there was any particular reason for doing so other than plucking him out of his staid conservative existence. Something that amused me was the cults object of worship. The follow an entity called Gamba and if my hearing did not deceive me, Gamba referred to as the devil god of evil. Now I always assumed that a devil god would be by definition evil, but I'm not so sure anymore. Maybe there's a devil god of cute furry puppies? Or a devil god of warm fuzzy mittens? Like any good film should do, this film makes you ask questions. As far as thing like acting, direction and writing go this film does pretty well. The writing is a bit disjointed but the film moves at a good speed and the direction is constantly atmospheric. The main character is pretty weak and bland, a malleable fellow played fairly well by Robert Alda. He isn't particularly interesting or heroic, more of an everyman caught up in things and a little confused. In short he seems to muddle along in an easily relatable way, giving the film a good core. As the villainies Bianca Milan, Linda Christian is very good, giving a poised seductive performance that is hard to resist. Ariadna Welter is pretty good as the heroes fiancée, whilst Neil Hamilton has ample sinister gravitas as the cult leader. The music is a sweet mixture of a jaunty sixties theme and hypnotic cult music and at one point one theme merges into the other with nice effect. All in all this is fun stuff, with a great period feel, some tension, interesting themes and good performances. The script could be better but the film pretty much zips along and provides a solid quirky good time. Worth a look for oldie horror enthusiasts.

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