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The Hand (1981)

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and ... See full summary »

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Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him. Written by Rob Hartill

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It lives. It crawls. And suddenly, it kills. See more »

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24 April 1981 (USA)  »

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CAD 6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

One of six film music scores composed by James Horner from films first released in 1981. Two of the others from 1981 were also for horror movies, they being Wolfen (1981) and Deadly Blessing (1981). See more »

Goofs

The Christmas carol "Deck The Halls" is heard on the soundtrack but the skipping record shown on the turntable is 'Fight Dirty' by the British pop band Charlie. See more »

Quotes

Stella: I'm kind of old-fashioned. I like to make it in bed, okay?
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References Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) See more »

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Union City Blue
Performed by Blondie
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A good performance of Michael Caine.
9 March 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

A cartoonist of comics "Jonathan Lansdale" (Michael Caine) loses a hand in an unfortunate accident that ends with his career and creates a strong tension in their marriage. As a harrowing nightmare, the hand lost appears, committing atrocious murders.

It's the first commercial launch of high budget of Oliver Stone, which was not well received by the criticism at the time. It's a movie surprising and very intriguing whose value more remarkable is the ambiguity that its director Oliver Stone poses in this psychological thriller based on the novel by Mark Brandel "The tail of the lizard".

Stone shows us a dense atmosphere and surreal, where the subjectivity seizes the story. There are times when the film that we question whether what we recount and we see is really the case or any other remedy used to deceive and confuse the viewer. Through the film and gradual manner the story is complicating and becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish reality from fantasy, where the film has a turbid, dark, surreal, disturbing atmosphere.

Very good performance of Michael Caine, with a good management of the camera, and a pleasant and tense music of James Horner.


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