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Hand of Death (1962)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | March 1962 (USA)
Alex Marsh has created a serum combining a hypnotic drug and nerve gas. Unfortunately he uses himself as a guinea pig and the drug transforms him into a murderous monster.

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Gene Nelson

Writer:

Eugene Ling
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Agar ... Alex Marsh
Paula Raymond ... Carol Wilson
Stephen Dunne ... Tom Holland (as Steve Dunne)
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Dr. Frederick Ramsey
John A. Alonzo ... Carlos, lab assistant (as John Alonzo)
Jack Younger Jack Younger ... Mike The Mailman
Joe Besser ... Service station attendant
Butch Patrick ... Davey, little boy on beach
Norman Burton ... Chief Homicide Investigator
Fred Krone Fred Krone ... Cab Driver
Kevin Enright Kevin Enright ... Police Photographer
Jack Donner ... Cop (as Jack Doner)
Chuck Niles Chuck Niles ... Reporter
Ruth Terry ... Woman with Packages
Bob Whitney Bob Whitney ... Cop
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Alex Marsh has created a serum combining a hypnotic drug and nerve gas. Unfortunately he uses himself as a guinea pig and the drug transforms him into a murderous monster.

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No one dared come too close!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Fingers of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film was unavailable to the public for 40 years, and was generally feared "lost". See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1996) See more »

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Hard to find title resurfaces
14 July 2000 | by gortxSee all my reviews

One of the most inexplicably hard-to-see Horror titles of the 60's has resurfaced -- well, sort of. Because of a combination of vague legal rights issues, big studio neglect and the dissolution of its original production company, HAND OF DEATH has all but disappeared from sight. Recently, its star, John Agar and a group of his devoted fans got a rare opportunity to watch a videotape of the film. Hopefully, 20th Century Fox (now that they have found a print) will resolve all those pesky legal details and reissue the film on DVD, tape and TV. The film itself has some definite merit. The acting, , writing, direction and basic storyline are totally pro all the way. Technically, HAND benefits from fine cinematography by Crosby (TABU, several Roger Corman features) -- although the Cinemascope film is hampered by a pan-and-scan transfer on tape. The real standout is a jazz cum horror genre score by Sonny Burke (ooh, a CD would be nice, hint hint). On one level, HAND is a typical: Mad scientist INVENTS serum, mad scientist TAKES serum, Mad Scientist BECOMES Monster kind of movie. But, a subplot (underdeveloped mainly because the film runs a too trim 60 whole minutes) about the military creating the serum for nerve gas war is intriguing and the above mentioned tech credits are handled by seasoned vets. I hope all IMDB fans will get the rare chance I did of seeing HAND OF DEATH soon. And, thank you, John Agar for letting me see your movie!


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