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Hand of Death (1962)

Alex Marsh has created a serum combining a hypnotic drug and nerve gas. Unfortunately he uses himself as a guinea pig and the drug transforms him into a murderous monster.

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Gene Nelson

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Eugene Ling
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Agar ... Alex Marsh
Paula Raymond ... Carol Wilson
Stephen Dunne ... Tom Holland (as Steve Dunne)
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Dr. Frederick Ramsey
John A. Alonzo ... Carlos, lab assistant (as John Alonzo)
Jack Younger Jack Younger ... Mike The Mailman
Joe Besser ... Service station attendant
Butch Patrick ... Davey, little boy on beach
Norman Burton ... Chief Homicide Investigator
Fred Krone Fred Krone ... Cab Driver
Kevin Enright Kevin Enright ... Police Photographer
Jack Donner ... Cop (as Jack Doner)
Chuck Niles Chuck Niles ... Reporter
Ruth Terry ... Woman with Packages
Bob Whitney Bob Whitney ... Cop
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Alex Marsh has created a serum combining a hypnotic drug and nerve gas. Unfortunately he uses himself as a guinea pig and the drug transforms him into a murderous monster.

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No one dared come too close!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Fingers of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Ruth Terry. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1996) See more »

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Really short low-budget horror/sci-fi flick.
1 July 2002 | by spitspingolaSee all my reviews

"Hand of Death" is a really generic, forgettable late 50's/early 60's Z-grade monster movie. John Agar plays a scientist working on some sort of experimental nerve gas and other top-secret government stuff. He exposes himself to too much of it, gains a nice tan (along with the touch of death) and eventually mutates into a sort of a dumpy, lumpy, clumsy, black-faced monster. He's basically a half-human half-charcoal briquette. His head looks like the Toxic Avenger only painted black. A good portion of the movie is him in monster form wandering around aimlessly.

This is a pretty bad movie, there's absolutely nothing that sets it apart from other similar movies, and I can't think of anything in it that I hadn't seen in an older movie. Even the music is generic. In spite if this, I kind of enjoyed watching it, maybe due to the fast pace. Just when you're getting tired of it, it's over. It might be a good movie for Mystery Science Theater.


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