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The Hand (1981)




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This early effort from Oliver Stone stars Michael Caine as a cartoonist whose right hand, amputated after an accident, takes on a murderous life of its own.

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Michael Caine
as Ian Lansdale
Andrea Marcovicci
as Anne Lansdale
Annie McEnroe
as Stella Roche
Bruce McGill
as Brian Ferguson
Rosemary Murphy
as Karen Wagner
Mara Hobel
as Lizzie Lansdale
Pat Corley
as Sheriff
Nicholas Hormann
as Bill Richman
Charles Fleischer
as David Maddow
John Stinson
as Therapist
Brian Kenneth Hume
as Boy in Classroom
Lora Pearson
as Girl in Classroom
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Critic Reviews for The Hand

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Inescapably cheesy.

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

October 15, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A fascinating horror film of usual psychological intelligent that is really a unique character study, about a gifted cartoonist who's life comes apart when his hand is severed in a freak car accident, he slowly and painfully tries to adjust but his self-centered wife, played by Andrea Marcovicci in superlative performance, has been having a affair with her yoga instructor and wants to leave him and take away his young daughter pushing him over the edge, his disembodied hand seems to come to life on its own and begins committing atrocious murders, killing anyone who angers him. Sir Michael Caine's vivid central performance is a rare treat in terror, portraying his character's ever growing mania perfectly leaving the viewer wondering if what's going on, is all in Caine's character's mind or that it is indeed real. Astute direction by Oliver Stone who also wrote the sharp screenplay. Stone has a amusing unbilled cameo as a ill-fated tramp who is killed by the hand. A well-made and entertaining chiller. Highly Recommended.

Danny Rovira
Danny Rovira

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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