I have vivid memories of being scares so much of that crawling hand. Apart from that, Eggar and Whitman aren't great, butdo their best carrying the material, and there's something perverselyamusing about seeing people finding different ways of getting theirhands severed, providing some fun bloody moments. But still, even for movies back then it was not among the higher scale of effects. Sometimes, you just got to let your childhood memories be just exactly that; memories. The theme music is creepy, and throughout the film uncannytunes can be heard repeatedly. Lew Saunders is hilarious as the cop whopays an impromptu visit to a surgeon, in a memorable sequence.
The cinematography is toodark, but the set-pieces are admirably macabre and especially thesoundtrack is far superior to any other aspect this overall mediocreeffort. A British woman visits her husband at the Mexican mine he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine fearing an ancient curse. The couple enter the mine to prove there is no danger and inadvertently release a demon which possess people's left hands and forces them to behave in a suitably diabolical manner. There's areasonable amount of gore and typically 80's cheese-effects, includingself-crawling hands and explicit amputations. Sadly, the plot lacks the coherency and the sense to put all the elements together and the bizarre story never really takes off. It's kind of sad that Zacarías had the chance to make this film when the Mexican film industry was at its lowest point, as the very ambitious idea that without a doubt looked good on paper simply couldn't work well on film. Instead of winning silver, Jennifer and Mark unleash pure evilin the shape of a mummified hand that takes control over the people itpossesses.
Zacarías' direction is technically effective, but his style is outdated and unoriginal, and in the end this makes the film look 10 years older than its true age. Sadly, this is the period where director Alfredo Zacarías begins his work, starting as a writer under the guidance of his father, director Miguel Zacarías, and the legendary Golden Age director Gilberto Martínez Solares. And just imagine, this was the first horror movie I ever saw. Bad film, but curiously compelling andstill recommended to remotely tolerant genre fans. The couple enter the mine.
Good fun for people who want to see characters devise ways to ridthemselves of their left hands. How did it end up in a Mexican mine,etc? Contrived and fast packed, the story never really fulfills its main purposes to scar and entertain , and never really goes somewhere. . The story, in all its simplicity was about a mining company owner who discovered an ancient Mexican relic in one of his mines. Mark takes the Hand as a trophy of man conquering superstition, but soon he'll discover that the Devil's hand is not made for fooling around.
Granted the movie was from 1981, just 6 years after I was born. As said, the basic idea had potential, but a bit more backgroundregarding the nature and origin of the evil would have been welcome. While he has proved to be good with comedy, he seems to struggle with the drama and the suspense of his film, as if he had troubles directing his cast. About: A British woman visits her husband at the Mexican mine he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine fearing an ancient curse. And this artifact turned into a crawling hand and was able to possess those it attacked.
The couple enter the mine to prove there is no danger and inadvertently release a demon which possess people's left hands and forces them to behave in a suitably diabolical manner. Download Demonoid: Messenger Of Death movie in :. The rest of the cast ranges from mediocre to downright awful, although one can't tell if it's completely the actors' fault due to the bad way the script is written. Can Jennifer and Father Cunningham Stuart Whitman stop this handyhorror? Jennifer and Mark Baines, a marriedcouple, invest their money in a Mexican mine and hope to get rich realfast exploiting silver. But I know that I will not be returning to watch it ever again. The Hand begins to possess people transforming them in psycho killers, and only Jennifer knows the truth.
So, then why onearth is it still such a boring and mildly frustrating film? 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. It's true that at first sight, one could blame the movie's flaws to it's low budget, it's bad special effects or to its director, however, I think that the real problem lays on the poor way the script was built. It was so laughable and simplistic that even a dead guy could have come up with something better than this. Facing economic problems and a stronger competition from foreign filmmakers, the Mexican industry found itself at its darkest hours through the decades of the 70s and the 80s. They mess around with the artifacts laying around, and a cursedsevered hand takes possession of him, making him do odd andprofitable things. And yet, Samantha Eggar, she is such a good actress, and she is credible and natural even in this mess.
Her character is really simple, almost typical, but she makes it likable and less two dimensional. The storyline was so silly that it seemed more like a comedy than a horror movie. Man, was I disappointed with this movie seeing it now as an adult. Thinking it's all mere superstition, Mark and Jennifer enter the mine and discover an ancient altar to the Devil, which holds the Devil's hand as a relic. While the intentions of the writers were good, the plot was probably not meant to work in the first place. The hand is soon free to control a succession ofhapless victims, while she teams up with a priest a grim lookingStuart Whitman who's having a crisis of faith.
The local workers still attempt to warn themabout the place being haunted with an ancient demonic evil, but it'suseless. Synopsis A British woman visits her husband at the Mexican mine he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine fearing an ancient curse. The various action sequences of the film are really good for the budget, although again, with a notoriously anachronistic look in the execution. At the time when Jennifer arrives, Mark is facing the refusal of his workers to go deeper as they believe the mine is haunted. Zacarias tries to spicethings up a bit with breast shots in the opening few minutes and anaction scene, but his bumbling misdirection is simply laughable. It sets a tone early on, revealing itself to be schlock of themost priceless kind.