The Crawling Hand

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The Crawling Hand
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One-sheet for The Crawling Hand
Directed by Herbert L. Strock
Produced by Joseph F. Robertson[1]
Written by Joseph Cranston
Bill Idelson
Herbert L. Strock
Robert M. Young
Starring Peter Breck
Kent Taylor
Rod Lauren
Alan Hale Jr.
Allison Hayes
Sirry Steffen
Arline Judge
Cinematography Willard Van der Veer
Edited by Herbert L. Strock
Release date(s) 1963
Running time 89 min
Country United States
Language English

The Crawling Hand is a 1963 science fiction film directed by Herbert L. Strock, and starring Rod Lauren, Peter Breck, Allison Hayes, and Alan Hale, Jr.[2] It was later featured on the television shows Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and The Canned Film Festival.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

The hand of a dead astronaut washes up on the beach and possesses the college student who takes it home. The student is slowly transformed by the hand and begins killing people in a small town.[2][4]

Cast[edit]

Home video[edit]

  • The Crawling Hand was featured in Episode 6 of Season 1 of the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. This episode was released on VHS by Rhino Home Video in October 1999 and on DVD in June 2002, including the uncut film as a bonus feature.

In other media[edit]

Rick Moody's novel The Four Fingers of Death, released in July 2010 by Little, Brown and Company, is a metafictional novelization of a 2025 remake of The Crawling Hand (which means that Moody's fictional 'novelization' is set in a future very different from that of the 1963 film).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vandergriff, Rick (September 5, 1990). "Aspiring Mogul Back in Action Film". Los Angeles Times. p. F1. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Robinson, Johnny (November 2, 1963). "Next Week's Films". Lewiston Evening Journal. p. 4-A. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Margulies, Lee (June 10, 1986). "'Canned Film Festival' on TV, Worst of the Big Screen On Its Way". Los Angeles Times. p. 10. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Four New Releases Run the Comedy Gamut". Philadelphia Inquirer. October 5, 1989. p. D04. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Martin, Clancy (August 6, 2010). "Book Review - The Four Fingers of Death - By Rick Moody". The New York Times. 

External links[edit]

Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit]