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Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)

Die blaue Hand (original title)
GP | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 1971 (USA)
Scotland Yard is after a homicidal maniac called The Blue Hand, which is what he uses to kill his victims.

Directors:

Alfred Vohrer, Samuel M. Sherman (uncredited)

Writers:

Herbert Reinecker (screenplay) (as Alex Berg), Edgar Wallace (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harald Leipnitz ... Inspektor Craig
Klaus Kinski ... Dave Emerson / Richard Emerson
Carl Lange ... Dr. Albert Mangrove
Ilse Steppat ... Lady Emerson
Hermann Lenschau ... Rechtsanwalt Douglas
Diana Körner ... Myrna Emerson
Gudrun Genest Gudrun Genest ... Schwester Harris
Albert Bessler Albert Bessler ... Butler Anthony
Richard Haller Richard Haller ... Edward Appleton / Die Blaue Hand
Ilse Pagé Ilse Pagé ... Miss Mabel Finley
Fred Haltiner Fred Haltiner ... Wärter Reynolds
Peter Parten Peter Parten ... Robert Emerson
Thomas Danneberg Thomas Danneberg ... Charles Emerson
Heinz Spitzner Heinz Spitzner ... Richter
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
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Storyline

Scotland Yard is after a homicidal maniac called The Blue Hand, which is what he uses to kill his victims.

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Fear will grip you by the throat when the evil hand KILLS...KILLS...KILLS


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bloody Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

East Orange, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetocord)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

New Jersey horror director Warren F. Disbrow and his father Warren Disbrow Sr. worked with Samuel M. Sherman on the 1987 added scenes, which was sold as "The Bloody Dead". See more »

Alternate Versions

U.S. distributor Independent International prepared a special version for licensing to the home video market. The film was retitled "The Bloody Dead" and contained approximately 7 minutes of additional footage filmed by Independent International. The added footage included the addition of two cannibalistic inmates at the asylum, and insert shots for the murders that added blood and gore. Some of the scenes from the original film were reedited. The added footage is marked by an obvious drop in the photographic and audio quality. See more »

Connections

Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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enjoyable krimi, not especially horrific
26 April 2006 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

The DVD I watched had both the Bloody Dead and the original Creature with the Blue Hand versions on it; I watched the latter. Presumably the latter isn't exactly the original since it has English language titles and dialogue. Additionally, during the opening credits there are twelve gunshots and twelve bloody stains that appear on the screen. In The Video Watchdog Book, it's mentioned that krimis begin with that and the letters E D G A R W A L L A C E appearing out of the blood. However, those letters don't emerge on the version on the DVD, though they're clearly arranged that way.

Dave (Kinski) is committed after being found criminally insane for the murder of the family gardener. He later escapes, and people are murdered by a figure dressed in black wielding an iron blue glove with retractable knives. His twin brother, two other brothers, mother and sister are all concerned about his escape. The police investigate. Lots of secret passages and a sinister doctor is in charge of the asylum.

Enjoyable, but the ending seemed sort of contrived. Still, I'd like to see more krimis and even read some Edgar Wallace.


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