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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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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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Up from the depths of hell comes the ultimate horror! 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 initially wanted Roger Corman to pick this film up for a theatrical release, but ultimately decided to distribute this movie himself. 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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"In the name of Evil, you and I must obey."
16 December 2015 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Jennifer Baines, played by the lovely Samantha Eggar, joins her husband Mark (character actor Roy Jenson, in one of the bigger roles of his career) as he attempts to open a Mexican mine. The workers don't want to cooperate because they're superstitious, so he and she go poking around. They mess around with the artifacts laying around, and a cursed severed hand takes possession of him, making him do odd (and profitable) things. The hand is soon free to control a succession of hapless victims, while she teams up with a priest (a grim looking Stuart Whitman) who's having a crisis of faith.

Director Alfredo Zacarias ("The Bees") co-scripted this one, based on his own story, an update of "The Beast with Five Fingers" type stories. (Interestingly, this came out the same year as Oliver Stones' "The Hand".) It sets a tone early on, revealing itself to be schlock of the most priceless kind. If one were to take it seriously as a horror film, it'd be an utter failure, but if one accepts it as tongue in cheek, it's quite funny. The sheer incompetence on display is staggering. The special effects are amusing, the dialogue ridiculous, and the art direction by old pro Robert Burns is effective. Zacarias tries to spice things up a bit with breast shots (in the opening few minutes) and an action scene, but his bumbling misdirection is simply laughable.

Fortunately, Eggar doesn't look *too* serious. Whitman looks appropriately embarrassed. Lew Saunders is hilarious as the cop who pays an impromptu visit to a surgeon, in a memorable sequence. Erika Carlsson ("The Devil's Rain"), Ted White (Jason in "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter"), and Haji ("Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!") co-star.

Good fun for people who want to see characters devise ways to rid themselves of their left hands.

Five out of 10.


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