12 Creepy Severed Hands In Cinema
A like a film that has a lot of limbs. No, I’m not talking about a large cast of people, but severed limbs, preferably removed with a chainsaw or axe. Whilst a severed leg could be pretty shocking on screen, it’s hands that really freak people out, especially when they get up and start doing things on their own! So our dreadful list, this week, looks at severed hands and the things that they do (which is usually strangling people!) So here for your pleasure is 12 Creepy Severed Hands In Cinema. Beware…they creep up on you!
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
When Ash Williams succumbs to the Evil Dead, he manages to sever his infected hand with a chainsaw. With its new-found freedom, Ash’s disembodied hand causes chaos throughout the film. The hand even made a comeback in the short lived STARZ TV series, Ash vs the Evil Dead.
Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
From Amicus, comes a creepy anthology film that includes a segment called “Disembodied Hand “. Starring the late great Christopher Lee, the story follows arrogant art critic Franklyn Marsh who is at war with painter Eric Landor (Michael Gough). When a prank goes wrong, Marsh runs over Landor, causing the artist to lose one of his hands. Unable to paint, Landor commits suicide, leaving his severed hand to get payback on the pompous critic that destroyed his life.
Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1981)
The Mexican horror movie about a killer hand that can posses others, is filled with gore and oozing with atmosphere, but the practical effects are pretty grim in comparison. Making a severed hand scary, is a tough sell. Try as it might, Demonoids rubber hand fails to bring the fear, but it’s way of forcing itself onto the freshly made stump of its victims is pretty creepy.
The Hand (1981)
This early effort from the multi ward winner director Oliver Stone, falls flat, compared to his other work. The film stars Michael Caine, who rarely appears in this genre, as a cartoonist whose right hand is amputated after an accident. Like any good horror film, people start to die and Jon Lansdale (Caine) starts to see his severed appendage. Is it all an hallucination or is the hand really crawling round on a murder spree?
Idle Hands (1999)
When lazy stoner Anton Tobias wakes up on Halloween, he finds his parent murder and his hand has become possessed by the devil. With the murderous appendage killing his friends and family, Anton hacks the evil thing off with a cleaver. With the hand now free to cause unrestricted chaos, Anton and friends have little choice but to hunt down and stop it.
The Crawling Hand (1963)
When an astronaut’s ship crashes to earth, his shattered arm crawls out of the wreckage, possessed by a murderous alien species. The hand begins to strangle to death local townsfolk and only a heroic and hungry cat can saves the day! Screw you Martians, we have hungry cats!
The Leprechaun just wants his gold back, and a bunch a folks are in for a wild ride as he slashes his way towards his precious coins. Perusing a group of teens, the Leprechaun has his hand shut in a door, ripping the limb away from his wrist. Thanks to a touch of Irish magic, the severed hand crawls up the door, turns the door knob and finds its way back to its rightful place.
And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)
If rubbery stumps are you kind of thing, then nothing says budget than the Amicus horror film And Now the Screaming Starts. A family curse reanimates a long dead servants hand. The stable hand in question was murdered by the family ancestor and now his back, along with his roaming limb, to cause some terror.
The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)
When a noted pianist dies under suspicious circumstances, his most recent will is put into question, and family and friends start to fight over the inheritance. Enter the pianist severed hand, that just can’t keep away from the piano. The Beast With Five Fingers starts to terrorize the squabbling family and the mysteries start to unravel.
The Gate (1987)
When a gateway to a demonic realm is accidentally opened up, demons starts to pour out of the cracks. A little demon gets his hand caught in a door, as the chased kids slam it shut on their tiny pursuer. The demons hand snaps of, turns into little worms, which then crawls underneath the door. Some weird creepy shit right there! But that’s the only hand related horror! Our hero, twelve-year-old Glen (Stephen Dorff) gets a demon spying eye placed on his palm. urghh!!
Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
The sequel to the 1985 body horror masterpiece Re-Animator, Bride sees Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) continuing his strange experiments with his re-animation reagent. Discovering that he can re-animate body parts themselves, West creates a severed hand that has a single eye ball stuck in the middle, which crawls around the lab, leering at things.
Adams Family (1960 -1999)
Thing T. Thing, otherwise known as just Thing, is the hand servant of The Adams Family. This creepy hand was original conceived as part of a Thing in the basement. This creature was so horrendous to look at, that people could only stand to see its hand. That’s why, in the early 1960s TV series (and for effects reasons), Thing would appear from boxes around the house. In the 1991 film forward, special effects had evolved so that Thing could be portrayed as a completed disembodied limb. Whilst most of The Adams Family appear to be human, to a degree, Thing is the only supernatural creature and therefore, the most weird and creepiest thing about the films and TV show.
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