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  • Actors: Linda Christian, Robert Alda, Neil Hamilton, Adriana Welter, Gene Craft
  • Directors: William J. Hole Jr
  • Producers: Alvin K. Bubis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2006
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CDYDX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Voodoo horror starring Robert Alda. Rick (Alda) is an unassuming businessman who becomes drawn to a mysterious junk shop, where he is gradually introduced to a sinister cabal of voodoo priests, including the glamorous Bianca (Linda Christian). When his girlfriend is injured through voodoo magic, Rick has to ask himself if he will join the group or try and break free to save her.

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The Devil's Hand is a suspenseful thriller and one of the earliest films to deal with the subject matter of devil-worship and voodoo. Robert Alda stars as Rick, a mild-mannered fellow heading for a seemingly idyllic life with his fiancée Donna (Ariadna Welter). But then he begins to dream of an attractive blonde who haunts him day and night. After another sleepless evening he wanders the streets and discovers a doll shop. In its window is a doll that is the image of the girl in his dreams. Rick’s curiosity is aroused when the doll maker knows his name and informs him that he is the one who ordered the custom-made doll. When he returns to the shop with his fiancée, he discovers another doll in the window. This time it is the exact likeness of his fiancée

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
The Devil's Hand was one of the earlier films to deal with the subject matter of devil-worship, but don't expect anything too shocking in this surprisingly good 1961 suspense thriller (alas, there's no blood or nudity whatsoever). Robert Alda stars as Rick, a mild-mannered fellow heading for a seemingly idyllic life with his fiancée Donna (Mexican "scream queen" Ariadna Welter in her only American film). Then he starts dreaming about an attractive blonde who comes to haunt him both day and night. Walking around one sleepless evening, he comes upon a doll shop with a doll in the window that looks exactly like the girl in his dreams. The mystery deepens when the doll maker speaks to him by name and informs him that he is the one who ordered the custom-made doll. On a return trip to the shop with his girl Donna, he discovers another doll that looks just like his fiancée. You're thinking voodoo, aren't you? If you aren't, you should be - even though it's passed off as witchcraft in the story. The mystery blonde witch, Bianca (Linda Christian) soon makes stronger contact with Rick, and all it takes is a little smooching to make Rick declare his love and agree to join Bianca in her worship of the devil-god Gamba. It's not easy being a Gamba worshipper, as each full moon means a loyalty test for one of the flock. For those Gamba deems unworthy, it's the end of the line.
Rick walks a fine line of loyalty to his new god, never quite forgetting Donna, who has been hexed right into the local hospital. Donna, as you might expect, makes for the ultimate loyalty test for Gamba's newest novitiate. It's all fairly predictable, but there's just something about The Devil's Hand that makes it more interesting than it has any right to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By King Baldy on 2 Jan. 2015
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"The Devil's Hand" is a slick little B-film that moves at an amazingly fast clip. Don't look for deep characterizations, or explorations of motives, or anything else that would make the story stumble.

This flick takes itself seriously. It's established at the outset that the Gamba cult is real, and several scenes indicate that it has actual power. And there's never a nudge or wink from any of the characters to indicate otherwise.

The acting may not be top-notch, but it's credible enough. The opening theme is quite cool, too, and would be a good addition to a surf rock collection; unfortunately, it's never identified.

And the overall theme is still relevant today—how easy it can be to get sucked into a cult (religious, political, philosophical—take your pick) because of one's hopes of improving his lot. Look at the worshippers; by and large they look just like you'n'me. No wild-eyed zealots, no borderline personalities, just…ordinary people.

My only real quibble is the casting of Neil Hamilton as the villain. He seems to have been rather a one-note talent; his demeanour throughout the movie, whether fronting the doll shop or presiding over potential human sacrifice, is rather bland. Or maybe I just can't accept Commissioner Gordon being on the wrong side of the law!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 23 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Rick (Robert Alda) dates Donna (Ariadna Welter) but dreams about Bianca (Linda Christian) dancing in sheer garment, a women he has never met. Her projections are to lure him into a devil worshiping cult. His girlfriend gets sidelined due to some voodoo doll action.

The film is black and white. It is a cult classic in that you can see aspects of future horror films stemming from this one. There is really nothing enticing or overly entertaining in this production other than a peek at a by-gone era where people would light up and smoke any time any place.
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By A.B. Ciers on 19 April 2015
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An average 50s/60s B-movie. High points: Commissioner Gordon from the Batman series plays a cult leader, Linda Christian's hot, and the opening title music has got that cool surf-style rock'n'roll sound to it. Low points: The story's quite flat without any distinctive quirks or memorable qualities.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paxtell on 2 July 2007
Format: DVD
The Devils hand is a classic horror movie from bygone days. Often shown on the Horror Channel it is a black and white film about a man who is enticed into a cult by a beautiful seductress.

Unlike most films, the baddies don't totally lose.
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