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The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)


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This movie is an early horror film classic and certainly one that a well-rounded horror movie aficionado should not miss. An invalid concert pianist dies, leaving a will that does not include his personal secretary Hilary Cummins (Peter Lorre) as a beneficiary. Furious, the left-out yes-man cuts off a hand from the corpse and plots revenge. Unfortunately for Hilary, the hand inherits a life of its own and relentlessly stalks the wild-eyed Lorre as he flees in vain. Special effects keep the


Classics, Horror

Curt Siodmak

Sep 30, 1992

Dominant Pictures Corp.

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This is fairly spooky despite its silly story and modest budget

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As it torments Lorre, the hand becomes a manifestation of the metaphorical notion of a hand tugging us toward our destiny or reaching from the past to punish us; an alternate, utterly appropriate title might be 'The Hand of Fate.'

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Peter Lorre is so good.

September 4, 2008

Peter Lorre in one of his best, and one of director Robert Florey's visual and psychological best.

February 21, 2008

Wastes a captivating original premise and some fine performances with a stiff script and a cop-out ending.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Really creepy showcase for Lorre with a botched ending.

November 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Beast with Five Fingers

pretty creepy cool. marred somewhat by a silly ending but lorre is great. it's alive, i tell you, it's alive!
January 2, 2008
Stella Dallas

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One of Peter Lorre's best horror roles but very, very dated now. It's easy to confuse this with "Mad Love" as both are about murderous hands. "Mad Love" is perhaps the better of the two movies though this one still has merits as you aren't quite sure if the disembodied hand is real or not. The ending spoils it all though.
August 19, 2007

Super Reviewer

A film biggest challenge is it ability to stand the test of times which is why even decades later we are still watching Charlie Chaplin comedies and many films made several decades ago. Unfortunately that is not case for "The Beast With Fingers" when even it title sounds cheesy. This film might have scared movie goers back in the day when it was release, but today it would make movie goers laugh.

The Beast With Five Fingers takes place in an Italian village where the locals believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where several murders have taken place. The alleged killer: is someone with five fingers. That plot synopsis is pretty much what makes up 80% percent of the movie. It's clear who the killer is, but I have to admit the writing kept things interesting enough to keep my attention. The characters are interesting and the effects on the moving severed hand look shockingly real. The effects do not look dated at all. To bad everything else did not aged as well. For starter the acting tends to be cheesy, especially Peter Lorre who outshines everyone in that category. He gives over the top facial expression and his line delivery are unintentionally funny. The best way to describe Peter Lorre acting is trying to imagine Matthew Broderick in cheesy horror role: unintentionally funny, but charming at the same time. The music is does add to the atmosphere, though it's about as generic as a horror music can get. The last twenty is where it becomes very slow with an ending that feels it came from a cartoon. It hasn't aged well as some other movies, but it wasn't bad as I expected.

The Beast With Five Fingers is not a well aged horror movie, but it was a good enough experience to a sixty. If you're a fan of cheesy horror movie than this one might do the trick even if the last twenty minutes are not as strong. For everyone else, look elsewhere for your scares.
January 16, 2013
Caesar Mendez

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