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Name That Trauma :: Reader Jami J.R. on a Horrible Hand

September 2nd, 2010 by aunt john · 7 Comments

My mom used to make me watch ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK when I was a kid. So I often remember bits and pieces of movies but not the titles or anything, and it drives me crazy!

All I can remember of this one is it had something to do with a man’s hand that had been cut off. The main scene I can remember is the heroine, a woman with long dark hair and in a beautiful old-fashioned gown, was standing in front of a portrait of the owner of the hand. As she stands there a spectral hand appears around her throat and begins to strangle her.

I also vaguely remember a scene where the hand is running along the grass on its fingers.

Movie was in color. Had to have been filmed late ’60s/early 7’0s. I think it was English – or at least set in England.

Maybe not.

It could’ve taken place just after the American Civil War.

Jami JoAnne Russell

Tags: Name That Trauma!

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 senskiNo Gravatar // Sep 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

    And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)  ?

  • 2 senskiNo Gravatar // Sep 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Good call sensational Senski! 

    If they could bottle your brain juice I’d drink it every day!

  • 4 TaylorNo Gravatar // Sep 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I have a hazy memory of seeing that shot of the hand crawling on the hardwood floor by the railing in a TV promo circa 1982-83…I roughly know the year because I’m sure I saw it on TV in the house in which I was living at that time.  I’d forgotten it (or blocked it out) but seeing that trailer brought it back!

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  • 5 BurgenNo Gravatar // Sep 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I’m probably wrong but what about this movie.
    It was the 1st thing that came to mind.

  • 6 jamisingsNo Gravatar // Sep 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Sorry I took so long to reply, I went on a trip because my birthday was September 8th.

    While those movies have the same theme, I know neither are the right ones. The hand was more spectral – the painting/strangling scene involved the hand slowly forming out of thin air around the woman’s throat. She was wearing a period era dress – for some reason when I think of it I think sort of Gone With The Wind but not as many hoops type.

    And the more I think about it, the more I’m sure that at least in that one scene, the hand was encased in a glove. Though when it was running – and it was running – across the lawn on it’s fingertips it might’ve been bare. I’m pretty sure the hand belonged to a solider who lost it in a battle. But remember, my memories are hazy. I could be confusing it with a lot of other Elvira movies I was forced to watch.

    (And yet to this day I can clearly remember their really bad musical number when Elvira was suppose to be in 3D about how they were going to crawl out of our tv screens.)

  • 7 thunderknightNo Gravatar // Oct 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I know it’s been a year…but could it be Demonoid? A hand in a case and has flashes of a demon throughout the movie.

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