The Beast with Five Fingers
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The Beast with Five Fingers
This movie is an early horror film classic and certainly one that a well-rounded horror movie aficionado should not miss. An invalid concert pianist dies, leaving a will that does not include his personal secretary Hilary Cummins (Peter Lorre) as a beneficiary. Furious, the left-out yes-man cuts off a hand from the corpse and plots revenge. Unfortunately for Hilary, the hand inherits a life of its own and relentlessly stalks the wild-eyed Lorre as he flees in vain. Special effects keep the audience jumping as they dread the next appearance of this gruesome walking hand. The film is directed by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is fairly spooky despite its silly story and modest budget"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Peter Lorre in one of his best, and one of director Robert Florey's visual and psychological best."
‑ Steve Crum,
"As it torments Lorre, the hand becomes a manifestation of the metaphorical notion of a hand tugging us toward our destiny or reaching from the past to punish us; an alternate, utterly appropriate title might be 'The Hand of Fate.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Wastes a captivating original premise and some fine performances with a stiff script and a cop-out ending."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Peter Lorre is so good."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Really creepy showcase for Lorre with a botched ending."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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