Movie Review – The Devil’s Hand (2014)

The Devil’s Hand
Directed by Christian E. Christiansen
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: December 16, 2014

the devils-hand

I absolutely love the tagline for THE DEVIL’S HAND: “Forgive me Father for I am sin.” Talk about an eye-catching way to promote interest! The plot synopsis was enough to pique my curiosity, but that tagline sealed the deal in regard to watching this. And I’m certainly glad I gave it shot; this is a great film, full of mystery and intensity.

If you are not familiar with THE DEVIL’S HAND, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Christian E. Christiansen comes this spine-tingling story of satanic terror. In the small, devout village of New Bethlehem, six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month, setting in motion an ancient prophecy—on their 18th birthday, one of the girls will become The Devil’s Hand. As the day nears, the young women begin to disappear. Threatened by the town’s fiery religious leader (Colm Meaney), the remaining girls, Mary and Ruth, join with Mary’s father (Rufus Sewell) to uncover the chilling truth behind the evil that grips New Bethlehem.

This movie enthralled me from the very start. I found it so captivating that time passed without me realizing it. I love when a film can deliver that because it seems to happen so far and few between these days.

The production value of THE DEVIL’S HAND appears high. The cinematography is top-notch, and the film looks great onscreen.

The acting is impressive, with screen vets Rufus Sewell and Colm Meaney as the headliners. But special mention needs to be given to Alycia Debnam Carey, the beautiful and talented actress who portrays Mary. Carey gives an all-star performance in her role, and truly brings her character to life. I hope to see much more of her onscreen in the future.

The effects in the movie are nice as well, however it is the story that wins for me. Part mystery, part thriller, but all horror, THE DEVIL’S HAND will keep you guessing right up to the very end. I have to say the ending made me smile. I will not give anything away, but I will confess I was hoping something like it would happen.

THE DEVIL’S HAND is a big win for me, and I highly recommend it. Full of intensity and intrigue, this film will win you over in a big way. It hits store shelves next week, so make a note.

MSB

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