5.1/10
369
23 user 11 critic

Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Passed | | Horror | 22 April 1962 (USA)
Trailer
1:42 | Trailer

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad.

Director:

(as Newton Arnold)

Writer:

(as Newton Arnold)
Reviews

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blood Thirst (1971)
Certificate: GP Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A sex-crimes specialist from New York travels to the Philippines to help his friend, a Manila homicide detective, solve a series of murders.

Director: Newt Arnold
Stars: Robert Winston, Katherine Henryk, Yvonne Nielson
Mad Love (1935)
Certificate: Passed Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Director: Karl Freund
Stars: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In a turn-of-the-century Renaissance Italian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist, with a strong belief in the occult, is murdered.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Vineyard owner marquis Philippe de Montfaucon is called back to his castle Bellenac because of another dry season. He asks his wife and children to remain in Paris, but they still come ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: David Niven, Sharon Tate, Deborah Kerr
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Edmond T. Gréville
Stars: Mel Ferrer, Dany Carrel, Christopher Lee
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner's wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Pupillo
Stars: Barbara Steele, Walter Brandi, Mirella Maravidi
Hands of a Stranger (TV Movie 1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A New York cop becomes obsessed with finding his wife's rapist.

Director: Larry Elikann
Stars: Armand Assante, Blair Brown, Beverly D'Angelo
Trog (1970)
Certificate: GP Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.

Director: Theodore Gershuny
Stars: Patrick O'Neal, James Patterson, Mary Woronov
X the Unknown (1956)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A radioactive mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village during the 1950s.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Dr. Gil Harding
...
Dina Paris
James Noah ...
Vernon Paris (as James Stapleton)
Ted Otis ...
Dr. Ross Compton
Michael Rye ...
George Britton
Laurence Haddon ...
Police Lt. Syms (as Larry Haddon)
Elaine Martone ...
Eileen Hunter
George Sawaya ...
Tony Wilder
Michael Du Pont ...
Dr. Ken Fry (as Michael du Pont)
...
Sue
David Kramer ...
Carnival Barker
...
Holly
...
Skeet
Edit

Storyline

A surgeon must graft new hands on a concert pianist to replace his badly mangled ones. However, after the operation, the pianist comes to believe that his new hands have a mind of their own, and are trying to force him to commit evil acts. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THEY GAVE HIM THE HANDS OF A KILLER! (all original print ads and posters-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Answer  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Barry Gordon receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) The pianist hits the piano keys in frustration in the treble register. However, we hear the sound of the lower, bass, register instead. See more »

Crazy Credits

and introducing BARRY GORDON as Skeet See more »

Connections

Version of Mad Love (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

How's Your Mother
Composed by John Mosher Played by Red Norvo Quintet (as Red Norvo Quintette) (Red Norvo, Jerry Dodgion, Jimmy Wyble, John Markham, Red Wootten)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Pretty fun and intriguing affair
3 September 2012 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

After losing his hands in a tragic accident, a gifted pianist finds that the surgically replaced hands he now has take a murderous life of their own and must try to stop them from acting out the deadly urges.

This here turned out to be pretty much a fun and enjoyable effort. A lot of what makes this one so much fun is brought along by the film's central point of a lot more focus on the hands and how they're getting comfortable following the accident. Since they're far more crucial to the film's plot rather than any other side-quality, the fact that this is able to put more focus on that through the long arguing done before and after the actual surgery as well as the procedures afterward testing how they've come along since. It's all nicely handled here until it turns over it's murderous qualities in the second half. This is an enjoyable affair as this gives us plenty of good scenes including the meeting with his girlfriend in her apartment and the young son of his driver when he stops in to meet with him. The finale here is also fun where it has more creepy qualities than expected, starting with the carnival altercations of people using their hands that eat at him before his playing the game and resulting freak-out in the area, and the stalking of his girlfriend in the theater which includes a fine brawl mixed in here. These here are all enough to make this one enjoyable enough to hold out nicely over the few small flaws here. The biggest problem here is the film's uneven pacing where this one is pretty front- loaded with the bland talking scenes and saves the action for the end. While there's still some focus on the surgeon and his radical experiment here, the fact that this comes in the form of the over-the-top speeches and throwing around how unethical the action procedure is that there's really no time to get this one going on with the hands' ineffectual nature by showing it in action. A lot of that is how this one seems to spiral between being a serious horror effort and more campy material rather than bringing on any kind of display of powers during the examination scenes makes this one lose some steam along the way. As well, there's the rather underwhelming finale does it no favors either with a simple, matter-of-factly occurrence that takes place off-screen for the most part which really causes this to lower the impact of the action. Otherwise, this one was quite entertaining.

Today's Rating-PG: Violence


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Painting bongo_x
Worst Cab Driver Ever tepista
Turner Classic Movies elliotjames2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3BVP9_8ZE0 rama24-217-573354
Discuss Hands of a Stranger (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?