The Hand (1981)


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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Stone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
Warner Home Video


as Ian Lansdale

as Anne Lansdale

as Stella Roche

as Brian Ferguson

as Doctress

as Karen Wagner

as Lizzie Lansdale

as Sheriff

as Bill Richman

as David Maddow

as Therapist

as Boy in Classroom

as Girl in Classroom
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Critic Reviews for The Hand

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Inescapably cheesy.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007

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

October 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Full Review… | November 13, 2007

July 17, 2005
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V

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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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