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Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1981)

 -  Horror  -  June 1981 (USA)
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A British woman visits her husband at the Mexican mine he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine fearing an ancient curse. The couple enter the mine... See full summary »

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Jennifer Baines
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Father Cunningham
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A British woman visits her husband at the Mexican mine he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine fearing an ancient curse. The couple enter the mine to prove there is no danger and inadvertently release a demon which possess people's left hands and forces them to behave in a suitably diabolical manner. The only way for a possessed person to free themselves from this torment is to cut off their left hand after which it scurries away in search of its next victim. Written by R Lindsay

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Up from the depths of hell comes the ultimate horror!

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Sergeant Leo Matson: You either cut off my hand, or I'll kill you!
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Hilarious horrors
7 August 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Ghastly high-camp Mexican horrors with Stuart Whitman as a Priest attempting to help Samantha Eggar in her battle against a murderous demon which possesses people's left hands. Whitman's acting is suitably over-the-top (his accent changes from Irish to American and back) while Eggar gives the shoddy production more class than it deserves. Russ Meyer starlet Haji has a small role as a gangster's moll while Mexican superstar Erika Carlsson receives prominent billing for her challenging role of "Nurse Morgan": a sexy blonde cleavage-revealing nurse who has about 45 seconds of screen time and who's only dialogue is screaming out "NOOOOOO!!!" (See Alicia Encinas' role in "The Bees".)

Infinitely compelling and enjoyable in its badness, the film is enlivened by several grisly/hilarious horror sequences and quite a few genuinely suspenseful situations. The funniest sequences involve assorted possessed people finding various imaginative methods of removing their left hands. Of course as soon as the hand has been removed we see it scurry off in search of a new victim and the process begins again. Unlike Alfredo Zacharias' other opus "The Bees" (1978) it appears the makers really were attempting to make a good film this time around. They almost made it but fortunately there is enough terrible acting, laughable dialogue (possessed cop to a plastic surgeon: "cut my hand off or I'll kill you!") and high-camp hilarity to keep any bad-movie buff enthralled.

The film apparently sat on the shelf for three years; release of "The Hand" starring Michael Caine undoubtedly encouraged distributors to finally release this to cash-in on the living-hand craze.


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