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Demonoid (1980)

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

Director:

Alfredo Zacarías (as Alfredo Zacarias)

Writers:

David Lee Fein (screenplay), F. Amos Powell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Samantha Eggar ... Jennifer Baines
Stuart Whitman ... Father Cunningham
Roy Jenson ... Mark Baines (as Roy Cameron Jenson)
Narciso Busquets ... Dr. Julian Rivkin
Erika Carlsson Erika Carlsson ... Nurse Morgan
Lew Saunders Lew Saunders ... Sgt. Leo Matson
José Chávez José Chávez ... Pepe (as Jose Chavez Trowe)
Ted White ... Frankie
Haji ... Angela (as Hajo Catton)
George Soviak George Soviak ... Sgt. Needham
Whitey Hughes ... Gambler
Al Jones Al Jones ... Patrolman Yates
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Storyline

A British woman visits her husband at a Mexican mine that he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine because of an ancient curse. The couple enters the mine to prove there is no danger and inadvertently releases a demon that 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 his/her left hand, after which it scurries away in search of its next victim. Written by R Lindsay

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Taglines:

Messenger of Death! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demonoid: Messenger of Death! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Alfredo Zacarías got the idea for this film from a conversation with a psychiatrist friend on split personalities. See more »

Goofs

(around 33 min) The mine owners death a crew member or fire crew can be seen briefly crossing the burning hut from right to left. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Baines: This hand wasn't meant for you.
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Alternate Versions

A comparison between the US version and the Mexican version shows that both contain different footage. The face-crusher death scenes are more violent on the Media Home Entertainment version. The Mexican version has an alternate soundtrack, extended dialog scenes, cut scenes, alternate death scenes, and a slightly different ending. However, it is missing the first three minutes of the satanic cult chopping the girl's hand off. See more »

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I gotta "hand" it to you,...
28 August 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

...there's not much point in watching "Demonoid: Messenger of Death". Had they gone deeper into the history of how the first hand became a killer hand, maybe the movie would have been better. But just showing one scene of a cult, and then showing a husband and wife going into a Mexican mine and finding the remains of a temple, thereby releasing an evil hand? Not good enough.

Anyway, this isn't the worst movie (it's easily more interesting than "Baryshnya-Krestyanka" or "Everyone Says I Love You"). But they could have easily developed it further. I suspect that Samantha Eggar and Stuart Whitman don't try to stress this on their resumes. Pretty lame.


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