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The Crawling Hand (1963)

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The hand of a dead astronaut comes crawling back from the grave to strangle the living

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kent Taylor ...
Rod Lauren ...
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Sheriff Townsend (as Alan Hale)
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Sirry Steffen ...
Arline Judge ...
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Tristram Coffin ...
Security Chief Meidel (as Tristam Coffin)
Ross Elliott ...
Deputy Earl Harrison
Stan Jones ...
Funeral Director (as G. Stanley Jones)
Jock Putnam ...
Ambulance Attendant
Andy Andrews ...
Ambulance Attendant
Syd Saylor ...
Soda Shop Owner
Ed Wermer ...
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After an astronaut space capsule is detonated in orbit, a teenager finds a severed arm among wreckage on earth. Soon the thing returns to life to murder and posses the young man's mind. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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It Came From Outer Space! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Unrated
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24 February 1966 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Cry Wolf  »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Burt Reynolds screen-tested twice for the role as teen character Paul Lawrence, but reportedly performed so woodenly that he was not chosen. See more »

Goofs

When Donna puts on her bikini bottom after supposedly disrobing behind the rock, she pulls them up over her panties. This goof is only noticeable in the full-screen (open matte) version of the film. When cropped for wide screen the illusion of nudity is preserved. See more »

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Featured in Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell (2012) See more »

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The Bird's the Word
Sung by The Rivingtons
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About what you'd expect from a crawling hand film!
2 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of my guilty pleasures is watching 50s and 60s schlock horror films. So, when I found this DVD listed on Netflix, it seemed like a natural choice for me! Well, after having seen it, I can happily report that it was every bit as bad as I expected--meaning that it was fun to sit and laugh at the ineptness of this film.

The movie begins with hearing that the space program has once again lost contact with one of their ships returning from the moon. They assume the astronauts are dead but don't know why. Then, suddenly, one of the men appears on the view screen. Oddly, he now has eyes like a raccoon or Robert Downey and he is screaming about having an urge to kill. He begs the people on Earth to push the self-destruct button before the ship can return and so naturally they do(!).

Later, some horny teens are at the beach and bits and pieces of the ship are scattered about--including a human arm that naturally made it through the atmosphere. In such a case like this, what would you do? Yep,...take the arm home and stick it on a shelf!! And, since this is a low-budget horror film the arm comes to life and begins to kill--though how a disembodied arm can so easily find people (even though it's missing eyes and ears) is beyond me. And, when it fails to kill our dumb hero (the one who brought it home), he, too, becomes a raccoon-eyed maniac!

The film is dumb but what makes it worse is that again and again, scenes were not re-shot even though they had obvious mistakes. My favorite was when the hero woke up in the back of an ambulance. When he saw the corpse next to him, he screamed AND then the corpse blinked its eyes!! Also, this same lady was seen breathing at one point AFTER she died! So my recommendation is that if you like good film, keep looking. If you like schlock and could use a laugh, give this one a try.


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