Wednesday, October 21, 2009

HAND failure

I give up! I have tried to watch Oliver Stone’s 1981 horror movie THE HAND twice now and haven’t been able to do it. This has nothing to do with the quality of the film in question. Not even the clear disinterest in the project that star Michael Caine displays could keep me from sitting through a disembodied hand movie. And he really does NOT seem to care here! Seriously- in some scenes it’s as if he thinks they were doing a camera test or a practice shot instead of an actual take! No! Indifferent acting is not the reason for me moving on to the next movie in the October stack. The truth is that I have tried two different DVDs of THE HAND from NetFlix and neither has been playable. The first looked as if it has been skipped across the Kroger parking lot for giggles and the second one has a strange dimple in it that locks the movie up at about the 17 minute mark.

So I give up. Maybe one day in the future I’ll see this flick but not this month. Or year.


Mr. Ghoul said...

You'd do better to watch SCTV's parody of this film, called "MY BLOODY HAND" and with Dave Thomas doing a great Michael Caine. I get what you mean about Caine, you either count on getting great acting or great scenery-chewing from him, but an indifferent Caine is no fun at all.
As for your Netflix problem, that happened to me with "THRILLER aka THEY CALL HER ONE-EYE" I got two defective copies from Netflix and finally just borrowed Hud's copy.

Rod Barnett said...

Yeah. Sometimes Caine is so restrained that he damned near disappears from screen or blends into the wall paper.