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The Devil's Hand

USA 1962
produced by
Alvin K. Bubis, Rex Carlton, Jack Miles (executive) for Rex Carlton Productions
directed by William J. Hole jr
starring Linda Christian, Robert Alda, Ariadna Welter, Neil Hamilton, Gere Craft, Jeanne Carmen, Julie Scott, Diana Spears, Gertrude Astor, Bruno VeSota, Dick Lee, Jim Knight, Coleen Vico, Roy Wright, Romonna Ravez
written by Jo Heims, music by Allyn Ferguson, Michael Terr

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Rick (Robert Alda) is set to be married to Donna (Ariadna Welter) ... but of late, he has these visions of another woman, Bianca (Linda Christian), a woman he's never met - visions that seem a bit too realistic to be just dreams. Then he walks by a doll shop and finds a doll of her - and is told by the shop owner Francis (Neil Hamilton) that the doll was actually made according to his specifications, has already been paid (by him), and now only waits to be delivered to Bianca's address. Since Rick wants to find out what's going on, he decides to deliver the doll himself (there was an address with the doll) - and when he meets Bianca, he immediately falls in love with her. In the meantime, Donna falls ill, a severe heart-condition - because Francis had a doll of her as well, and after Rick's visit, he drove a dagger through the doll's chest.

Despite knowing about her condition, Rick neglects Donna completely and spends more and more time with Bianca, who soon tells him she's a member of a Satanic cult, headed by Francis actually, and urges him to join as well - which he does a bit too gladly. He soon passes all the cult's tests with flying colours, and thanks to the supernatural powers provided by the cult, he makes money to burn on both the racetrack and the stock exchange. Of course, he doesn't know that the cult is actually using him, and that Bianca is the wife of cultleader Francis ... it doesn't become very clear though what the cult is using him for ...

Eventually, Rick finds Donna's doll with the blade through her chest, and he quickly makes the connection and pulls the blade out, then fetches her from the hospital and urges her to leave town - but his betrayal doesn't remain undetected for too long, and before you know it, Francis and Bianca have gotten their hands on Donna and want to make her the next human sacrifice in a big ceremony ... but this time, Rick rebels, and somehow he manages to kill Francis, set the cult's headquarters on fire, and escape with Donna ...

 

Not a great film by any measure, but a fun little low budget shocker that's steeped in pulp mainstays, but in a good way, and while the whole thing is riddled with plotholes, it's decently enough paced to butter over them, and while the direction might not exactly be inventive, it's solid at least, and more than able to create atmosphere (if in an even then a bit old-fashioned way). Same for the cast: Nothing outstanding here, but competent performances throughout.

In all, a film that might not stay with you for too long after watching, but that nicely entertains you while watching it.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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