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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 09.08.14] horror



Devil possession and the Amish seem to go hand in hand so well that I'm a bit surprised this is the first time I've seen a horror movie with this setting and even more surprising, one that doesn't look like a total write-off.

Directed by Christian E. Christiansen (who previously made the terrible Single White Female rip-off/update The Roommate), The Devil's Hand (previously known as the equally generic but far more forgettable Where the Devil Hides) stars Rufus Sewell, Colm Meaney, Jennifer Carpenter and a slew of relative newcomers as the six girls at the center of this story. They were all born on the same night and according to prophecy, all but one will die and the last remaining survivor will become the titular Devil's Hand.


It's ridiculous stuff but what sets this apart from other mid/low brow religious horror movies is that, besides the mildly interesting Amish angle, this trailer is actually pretty effective, even if in some instances, the girls look like deer in headlights. At least we've got Sewell and Meaney chewing up the scenery not to mention it will be nice to see Carpenter in a role that doesn't have her dropping a cursive ever second word. Talk about polar opposites from her turn on "Dexter."

The Devil's Hand opens October 10.


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wtf (7 years ago) Reply

"Devil possession and the Amish seem to go hand in hand" er, how so? A bit of a generalisation surely.

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Marina (7 years ago) Reply

Oh yeah, generalizing indeed. It just feelis like an Amish community is the perfect setting for a horror movie. Pious people at the center of a religious horror.


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