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The Crawling Hand (1963)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 24 February 1966 (Mexico)
The hand of a dead astronaut comes crawling back from the grave to strangle the living

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Sheriff Townsend (as Alan Hale)
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Security Chief Meidel (as Tristam Coffin)
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Deputy Earl Harrison
Stan Jones ...
Funeral Director (as G. Stanley Jones)
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Edward Wermel ...
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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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Astronaut Ordered Blown Up!!! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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24 February 1966 (Mexico)  »

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Don't Cry Wolf  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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The setting of the film is Palms, California. The name "Palms" is possibly a tongue-in-cheek reference to the film's title character. See more »

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When the hand attacks our hero while he is driving the car you can clearly see the head of someone reaching over from the back seat. See more »

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The Bird's the Word
Sung by The Rivingtons
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Yikes!
5 April 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

THE CRAWLING HAND looks like something straight out of the 1950s, when TV was beginning to upset the Hollywood applecart, forcing the major studios to look for new angles and gimmicks (Todd A-O, Cinemascope, VistaVision, Cinerama, 3-D, stereo sound, and big-budget color remakes of old films) and small indie directors like Ed Wood were having a field day turning out tons of drive-in drivel. HAND is about a dead astronauts's severed hand seeking revenge on the living. Yowsa! How's that for a plot! In some scenes, you can actually spot the uncredited actor whose hand is doing the crawling. Considering HAND is from 1963, I am a little surprised as drive-ins by then were on the wane and no self-respecting movie house would have been likely to show this. It is a terrible, wooden movie, with poverty-row sets, little or no action, a virtually nonexistent script, bad music, uncorrected sound and so on. But ... for true film buffs, we get to see a very young Peter "Big Valley" Breck, veteran leading men Kent Taylor and Tris "King of the Rocketmen" Coffin, a pre-"Gilligan's Island" Alan Hale and the alluring Alison "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" Hayes. A rather unusual cast for a no-budget movie. I guess they were taking what they could get in the dawning era of color TV and the collapse of the studio system.


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