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The Hand (1981)


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Oliver Stone's first directorial effort for a major studio (and his second horror film after the 1974 Seizure) came shortly after the phenomenal success of Midnight Express, which was based on Stone's Oscar-winning screenplay. The director turned to Mark Brandel's obscure thriller "The Lizard's Tail" as source material for what is essentially a silly psychosexual variant on low-budget horror films like The Crawling Hand. The title appendage belongs (for a while, anyway) to smug, conceited artist


Drama, Horror

Oliver Stone

Sep 25, 2007

Warner Home Video

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Mr. Stone's screenplay is tightly written, precise and consistent in its methods, and seemingly perfectly realized in the performances of the very good cast headed by Mr. Caine.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Inescapably cheesy.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

Stupid horror film that's even more pointless in its anger than Stone's 'serious' work.

October 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Hand

The Hand is a very interesting psychological horror second feature of Oliver Stone who would later craft some memorable films throughout his career. However this is an underrated film, one that should be seen by his fans along with horror fans. This is an effectively creepy film that has some surprising moments of genuine terror. Michael Caine is great here and the film has a tense, dark atmosphere that adds to the experience. This is flawed film, but considering that this came out during the Slasher craze, it's refreshing to see a different style of horror film to offer genre fans something different. Caine's performance stands out and with that said this is a pretty effective horror gem that is worth seeing. Oliver Stone direction is immaculate and with a great script at hand, he has made a fine second feature that is different than other picture of the early 80's horror craze. The film works around its faults to be a memorable chiller that is sure to delight horror hounds. The fact that it's different from other of Stone's works is what make this interesting to watch, and you see glimpse of brilliance from Oliver Stone as he would hone his craft on future films such as Platoon and Natural Born Killers. If you come across The Hand be prepared for a stunning picture, a decent into madness, and extraordinary performance by Michael Caine who proves that he is a phenomenal talent, and with his co stars, creates something that is among the most atmospheric and original psychological horror films in the genre. A fun and memorable picture from Oliver Stone. This is a film that succeeds at delivering the chills that make up a great horror film.
December 19, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An awesome horror movie starring Michael Caine, who's not usually in horror movies, but he is a great actor and he's great in this movie. The story may seem silly or predictable, but it can surprise you. I really liked this movie.
January 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

Dated, dull, silly and not scary. No gore is shown when Michael Caine's hand is severed. A silly concept. The story takes a few turns, which almost saves it.
January 25, 2008

Super Reviewer

Michael Caine does a great job... let's give him a big hand... ooops!
June 24, 2007

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