The Devil's Hand
I've been expecting you to pay me a visit for quite some time now, Mister Rick Turner (Robert Alda). But then again, over the last couple of weeks you have been seeing an awful lot of me, haven't you?
No. Not physically, of course. Yet every night, whilst you were asleep, you've seen my apparition taunting you, caressing you, and plaguing your subconscious to such an extent, that you even thought you saw a doll of me in a shop window.
And it was a doll of me, wasn't it Rick? There was one of me and one of you girlfriend, Donna (Ariadne Welter). Poor-poor, Donna. Who mysteriously collapsed on the floor just a few moments after you asked the shopkeeper about these dolls!
And what did Frank (Neil Hamilton) say to you in turn, my friend? Can you remember? He said that you came in previously and asked to have them custom made, despite you yourself never having any prior knowledge of this transaction! A transaction, I might add, that eventually pointed you in my direction.
So finally, here we are. Me and you. Me... a witch named Bianca Milan (Linda Christian). And you... a fairly nice man named Mister Rick Turner. Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all goes 'Booga-Booga' when you willingly join my voodoo cult. As good fortune favors the brave - a hapless sap pines for a shallow grave - a strange mystery turns into no joke - and at the end of the day, look out Frank, our cult is going up in smoke.
To be completely honest with you, folks, I'm not entirely sure if I liked watching 'The Devil's Hand' or not. On the one hand I didn't mind listening to the jingly guitar music it had on offer. On the other hand I wasn't completely won over by its obvious made-for-television production values. And on yet another hand, even though I was fairly fine with overall style of the acting, in the same breath, I wasn't that keen on the actual tale from a narrative point of view.
I mean, let's face it. If you found yourself in a situation where you had to save your girlfriend from some mysterious organisation, would you shag the tasty bird who introduced you into it in the first place? What's more, why play along when them for the sake of face? Why not call the police for some help? Or even some other paranormal agency, like 'The Ghostbusters' for instance?
Well, you know what I mean, folk. Although I suppose what I'm trying to say -- in a rather long-winded and mumbled fashion -- is that I couldn't really understand why the main lead did what he did, when he never even tried to explore other avenues as well.
Still. You can't win them all, can you? At least this tale managed to tell a tale that had a fairly suspenseful angle to it. Plus I have to say that Neil did a great job at playing the token villain, whilst Linda is defiantly one hell of a hot and seductive witch. Ogga-Ogga! As for Ariadne and Rick's characters, well, yeah, they weren't that bad within the scheme of things. Despite their peachy keen acting style's not really feeling in sink with this type of genre bent adventure.
Overall I'd say 'The Devil's Hand' was a pretty middle-of-the-road voodoo movie to watch. The story was a mixed bag to say the least. The style of acting was very much of its time. And as push comes to shove, all in all this was a pretty so-so film.
THE RATING: B-