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Demonoid (1980)

R | | Horror | June 1981 (USA)
A British woman visits her husband at a Mexican mine that he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine because of an ancient curse. The couple enters ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfredo Zacarías (as Alfredo Zacarias)

Writers:

David Lee Fein (screenplay), F. Amos Powell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Samantha Eggar ... Jennifer Baines
Stuart Whitman ... Father Cunningham
Roy Jenson ... Mark Baines (as Roy Cameron Jenson)
Narciso Busquets ... Dr. Julian Rivkin
Erika Carlsson Erika Carlsson ... Nurse Morgan
Lew Saunders Lew Saunders ... Sgt. Leo Matson
José Chávez José Chávez ... Pepe (as Jose Chavez Trowe)
Ted White ... Frankie
Haji ... Angela (as Hajo Catton)
George Soviak George Soviak ... Sgt. Needham
Whitey Hughes ... Gambler
Al Jones Al Jones ... Patrolman Yates
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A British woman visits her husband at a Mexican mine that he is attempting to reopen and discovers that the workers refuse to enter the mine because of an ancient curse. The couple enters the mine to prove there is no danger and inadvertently releases a demon that possess people's left hands and forces them to behave in a suitably diabolical manner. The only way for a possessed person to free themselves from this torment is to cut off his/her left hand, after which it scurries away in search of its next victim. Written by R Lindsay

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Messenger of Death! See more »

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Horror

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demonoid: Messenger of Death! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Appears on a Times Square marquee in the "Damntown" story, second-billed under Cannibal Ferox (1981), which is billed as "Make Them Die Slowly," in the graphic novel "Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1," released by DC Comics on October 1, 2012 and included in the "Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach" collection. See more »

Goofs

(around 33 min) The mine owners death a crew member or fire crew can be seen briefly crossing the burning hut from right to left. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Leo Matson: You either cut off my hand, or I'll kill you!
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Alternate Versions

A comparison between the US version and the Mexican version shows that both contain different footage. The face-crusher death scenes are more violent on the Media Home Entertainment version. The Mexican version has an alternate soundtrack, extended dialog scenes, cut scenes, alternate death scenes, and a slightly different ending. However, it is missing the first three minutes of the satanic cult chopping the girl's hand off. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

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Give 'em a hand...or not
7 August 2012 | by lovecraft231See all my reviews

*Note: Like many of my reviews, this is taken from my blog, which is called "Talk of Horrors." This one comes from the last entry of "Not on DVD Week."

The workers at a Mexican mine don't exactly want to go there because of a curse. Well, Jennifer (Samantha Eggar) and Mark Baines (Roy Jones) go in anyways, and accidentally unleash a demonic force that has a fondness for possessing people's left hands. I guess Ned Flanders was wrong when he said "Lord Love a Leftie." Anyways, the only way a person can free themselves from committing acts of evil is severing said hand-which will then go after someone else and kill or possess them. Can Jennifer and Father Cunningham (Stuart Whitman) stop this handy horror?

As you can tell from the premise, "Demoniod" is about as goofy as they get. The plot really doesn't hold up to scrutiny, most of the performances are lackluster, and the film is loaded with moments that are unintentionally hilarious. The highlight of those goofy moments is a police officer demanding "cut my hand off or you die!"

In spite of it's problems, I found myself kind of enjoying this movie. It's not really good, but the whole concept is so daffy that you can't help but go along with it. It's like "Death Bed: The Bed That Eats" or "I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle", only played straight and without evil inanimate objects. Apart from that, Eggar and Whitman aren't great, but do their best carrying the material, and there's something perversely amusing about seeing people finding different ways of getting their hands severed, providing some fun bloody moments. Add a great score by Richard Gillis, plenty of (unintentional) laughs and a downbeat (though predictable) conclusion, and you've got yourself an amusing little piece of trash cinema. It's amazing that a movie this offbeat hasn't gotten a DVD release yet, as it's the kind of cult oddity fans of trash live for.


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