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The Hand That Feeds the Dead (1974)

La mano che nutre la morte (original title)
Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja retired to a life of seclusion, covering with a dark veil ... See full summary »

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Sergio Garrone

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Sergio Garrone
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Cast overview:
Klaus Kinski ... Prof. Nijinski
Katia Christine ... Masha / Tanja Nijinski
Marzia Damon Marzia Damon ... Katja Olenov
Carmen Silva ... Sonia
Ayhan Isik ... Alex
Erol Tas ... Prof. Nijinski's henchman
Stella Calderoni Stella Calderoni
Romano De Gironcoli Romano De Gironcoli
Alessandro Perrella Alessandro Perrella ... Feodor
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... (credit only)
Luigi Bevilacqua Luigi Bevilacqua
Bruno Ariè Bruno Ariè
Osiride Pevarello Osiride Pevarello ... Inn-Keeper (as Osiride Peverello)
Amedeo Timpani Amedeo Timpani
Pasquale Toscano Pasquale Toscano
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Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja retired to a life of seclusion, covering with a dark veil her disfigured face. Professor Nijinski was once a student of Rassimov; he married Tanja, and he's trying to restore her lost beauty with a series of skin transplants. However, to reach his goal, professor Nijinski needs beautiful young victims for his transplant experiments.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 April 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hand That Feeds the Dead See more »

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Cinequipe See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Often confused with Lover of the Monster (1974), which was released only a month after this film. Both films are directed by Sergio Garrone and feature the same cast - except Carmen Silva who appears only in this film. The two films also share some of the same footage but they *are* entirely different films with different plots. See more »

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a facial transplant classic
27 May 2004 | by Judexdot1See all my reviews

You don't hear much about them anymore, but from the 50's, to fairly recent times, Facial Transplant horror films were a thriving sub-genre.

Beginning with "La Yeux Sans Visage" (eyes without a face/Horror Chamber Of Dr. Faustus) by Georges Franju, these continued onward with "Awful Dr, Orloff" by Jess Franco (who has made quite a few, including one of the most recent, "Faceless"), "Double Face" by Riccardo Freda, "The Devil's Commandment", and "The Hand That Feeds The Dead". "THTFTD" was unknown to me at first viewing, but this is one of the great facial transplant movies. Klaus Kinski is in fine form as our "mad scientist", attempting to correct a past mistake. The laboratory he uses is also one of the best ever, just eye-popping. Very obscure in America, but available subtitled from the usual sources. This is one of the greats, and almost nobody even knows about it.

--Judexdot1--


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