Demonoid, Messenger of Death (11-Nov-1981)|
Director: Alfredo Zacarias
Writers: David Lee Fein; F. Amos Powell; Alfredo Zacarias
Keywords: Horror, Possession
Review by R. Gertz (posted on 10-Nov-2007)
Strictly fun horror schlock, bearing the delightful line by actor Samantha Eggar "Drive me out of this nightmare!" and one of the more doggedly determined demon hands ever put on film...Though its object being to belong to the lovely Ms. Eggar, perhaps one can understand.
Ok, in summary. A husband-and-wife team uncover a female mummy in a Mexican mine. The mummy, a member of a devil-worshipping cult, has had its hand severed after death. A hand-sized casket naturally is found, baring nothing but "dust". Of course that dust reforms that dark and stormy night into a demonic hand which has the power of possessing its "owner"...Though from the start it seems to much prefer a female host. When it invades the couple's bedroom the husband winds up possessed and after killing the usual band of evil- curse-fearing local workers, leaves his wife to pursue a successful career of high-stakes gambling in Vegas, courtesy the rather usefully powerful hand. Hubbie comes to a bad and fiery end, following a gruesome demonstration of the superpowers the hand confers, and now attaching itself to the Missus becomes the hand's goal as it possesses various temporary hosts. Suspicious of her husband's extreme personality change and mysterious death, the wife tracks down his corpse to find that his left hand had been severed and that various possessed someones seem anxious to find and spend their final moments shaking her with their (severed for the occasion) rather unusual left hand. Unfortunately for the hand, its powers wane over the host following the act of separation, making a meeting of mind and hand with Samantha a tad difficult. But this is one super hand who will not allow its hosts to rest till it's firmly and forever attached to its mistress' arm.
Latching for help onto the priest who buried her husband, played with desperate seriousness by Stuart Whitman, she then attempts to learn the secret of and to destroy the hand as it continues to try and link up with her. (Mummy, schmummy...Gotta be the hand of that loony character from "The Collector", still chasing after poor Samantha.)
All one can say is, no severed hand (excepting perhaps Ingram's imaginary hand) was ever so persistent!
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