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Monday, 7 November 2016

The Hand (1981)

An early feature from Oliver Stone, based on author Marc Brandell's novel The Lizard's Tail (1979). I haven't read it. The film stars Michael Caine, struggling with the worst hairstyle of his career. He's a comic book artist married to a crappy, selfish wife (Andrea Marcovicci). The marriage is slowly crumbling.
A freak accident complicates matters further for the artist. It also allows for a psychological edge to creep into the story. It's a good thing, too, because it enables the film to nurture a taut atmosphere, heightened by complementary editing, making it seem like more than just another take on a horror cliché.

3 dangerous reflexes out of 5

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