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Demonoid (1981)

R | | Horror | June 1981 (USA)
Spouses looking for silver in Mexico find a 300 year old severed hand driven by a demon.


Alfredo Zacarías (as Alfredo Zacarias)


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




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


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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Messenger of Death! See more »




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Appears on a Times Square marquee in the "Damntown" story, second-billed under Cannibal Ferox (1981), which is billed as "Make Them Die Slowly," in the graphic novel "Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1," released by DC Comics on October 1, 2012 and included in the "Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach" collection. See more »


(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 »


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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So so effort.
14 August 2000 | by bigpappa1--2See all my reviews

A couple (Samantha Eggar and Roy Cameron) while working in a Mexican mine discover a severed hand. The hand becomes one with Cameron and possesses him, causing him to commit all kinds of nasty murders.

Not as bad as other people make it out to be, but nowhere near good. And poor Eggar gives it her all even though she is in such an unispired production. Some of the effects are incredibly grotsque though. My rating: 5 out of 10.

Rated R; contains Graphic Violence, Nudity, and Language.

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June 1981 (USA) See more »

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Demonoid: Messenger of Death! See more »

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1.78 : 1
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