The Hand (1981)
Director: Oliver Stone
Main Stars: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe
Storyline: An artist loses his hand in an accident and with his hatred the hand comes back to kill.
Review (Spoils): Comic artist Johnathan Lansdale (Michael Caine) has it all the beautiful wife, healthy child and the successful career. When his wife (Andrea Marcovicci) starts to pressure him on her moving to New York to take a relationship break the truth starts to unravel that it is not that great after all. During one of their fights the get in a car accident which he loses his hand. So there goes his career and wife and the mind games start to begin along with his hatred. Suddenly the people he hates start to be killed off and people do not know why is it the madness of Johnathan or is it his missing hand?
This film was a lot of fun to be honest. We have the conflict between the man actor and his lovely wife who is having somewhat an affair with her yoga teacher. The blood is well red in this film and can be spraying in some parts of the film. The daughter yes can be fake and annoying but the relationship with his wife and the side girl Stella (Annie McEnroe) keep you interested and that’s not counting the crazy hand!
The movie brings on some bright red blood, some choking, nudity, some strangling and even some crazy cross-eyed deaths. Not to mention that rubber walking hand!
Rating: The film was a lot of fun and it was a surprise for me as I never even heard of the film before better enjoyed a horror film from Oliver Stone. This is a special surprise gem that may be hard to find but if you do come across it you should check it out.
Filed under Monster, Slasher
Dressed to Kill (1980)
Director: Brian De Palma
Main Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickenson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon
Storyline: A mysterious blonde with sunglass is slashes an attractive older woman to death and a prostitute is a witness and now the murder is on the hunt for her.
Review (Spoils): A neglected housewife (Angie Dickenson) feels her sex life is dry and boring. She is dying for an encounter and confesses this to her doctor Dr. Robert Elliot (Michael Caine). Through it all after a sexual encounter with a stranger she is slaughtered by a razor blade in an elevator and the witness of the murder is a cute high end call girl named Liz (Nancy Allen). Liz gets noticed and hides for her life from the strange mysterious blonde woman with sunglasses who knows that she was the killer. All Liz knows is that this woman is a patient of Dr. Elliot. She and the victim’s son (Keith Gordon) try to track down the killer before more die including the attractive Liz.
This film falls under thriller or horror? I say horror just due to the amount of red and slashing there is in this film. I personally would call this erotic horror as we have lots of nudity, a masturbation scene and some sweet stockings. The film deals a lot of sexuality and this is what makes the film different and special.
Rating: Brian De Palma created a very interesting film. The sexual theme of the film makes it interesting and makes it unique. The acting was very well done and even the ending scene in the mental hospital is very well played. The movie screams with artistic feel and the open ending works awesome. Grab a few beers for this one and I will take more Nancy Allen in lingerie please!