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Name That Trauma:: John D. on a Monstrous Hand in a Jar

May 19th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 2 Comments

My sister and I have been searching for info on this for years. In the early ’80s we saw a horror short on HBO (may have been USA?) where a lady had some type of monstrous hand in a jar. One night, I think she was in the shower, and the creature came back for the hand. I believe the short ended with someone else displaying the jar, but it had the woman’s hand in it. Any info you have on this would be so great. Thanks, and keep up the good work!

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Dylan Donnie-Duke
Dylan Donnie-Duke
6 years ago

This is going to make me crazy. I know the film you are talking about! It was one of the “Short Takes” bumper films that HBO ran, wasn’t it?
They were such a random and bizarre series. They would have weird ones like “Fish Heads,” funny ones like “Bambi meets Godzilla” and utterly terrifying ones like the one you are talking about here. There was another one I remember of a lady being stalked slasher movie style. (It ended just before the stalker gets her in a public bathroom?)
My mind is reeling now remembering all of these. I will be youtubing “Hardware Wars” just for the nostalgia. I really hope that someone out there knows the answer to this one. I want to see it again!!!

6 years ago

I don’t recall this one but the HBO short that sticks with me was “Spinollio” about a lifeless puppet that goes through various weirdness before finally being turned into a belching bum. Not one I’d elevate to trauma status but the innocent storytelling voice of the narrator combined with those bizarre images really didn’t sit right.