Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Devil's Hand Movie Review 359

The Devil's Hand is  a 2014 horror movie directed by Christian E. Christiansen and starring Rufus Sewell, Colm Meaney and Jennifer Carpenter.

This film is based in the Amish community of New Bethlehem. In the past, there were six baby girls born at the same time and there is some prophecy that states that one of them will become the Devil's Hand. One of the mothers kills her baby and herself to stop this happening. The other five girls grow up as normal, not knowing about the prophecy. They are all fine until an unknown killer begins to pick them off, one by one.
The Elder Beacon(Meaney) is aware of the prophecy and he thinks that there is evil in their community.
Mary(Alycia Debnam-Carey) is having strange fits. Nobody knows why this is. Her dad is Jacob(Sewell) who stopped Elder Beacon from killing the five babies at birth. Mary's mother left is supposedly dead, but Mary discovers that she is alive and living near the community. Jacob has a new wife,Rebekah(Carpenter) and she and Mary do not get along.

After one of Mary's friends is found murdered, Elder Beacon tells everyone that there is an evil presence
in their community. He wants the check the remaining girls physically to see if there are any marks of the Devil. Jacob tells Mary about the prophecy and he tells her that on their 18th birthday, one of them will become the Devil's Hand. He tells her that Elder Beacon was going to kill them all, but he stopped him.
The community is in turmoil as more bodies are found. Mary runs away to find her mother and Elder Beacon and the others try to find her. The cops try to find out what is happening, but the community will not tell them anything. Mary's pal, Ruth tries to talk to them and is shunned as a result. She has to leave.Mary and Ruth return to New Bethlehem to save their families from evil. Jacob hides them. Elder Beacon discovers them and chases them. Mary's fits get worse. Beacon tries to exorcise her but her father saves her. He takes her to hospital. She is worried that she is the Devil's Hand. Is she? Her mother turns up at the hospital and she tells Mary that she made sure that Mary was the last girl alive. She was the one who killed the others. Mary turns evil and she goes to New Bethlehem, leaving a bloody trail after her. She finds Elder Beacon and kills him.

This film was okay. I thought that it would be better as it had a good cast, but it was just mediocre. I would say that it was interesting to have a horror set in an Amish community like Wes Craven's Deadly Blessing, but unlike that film, this was not very good. I wanted to like it more, but I didn't. I will give this a 4/10.


Tony Briley said...

Looked to see if this one is on Netflix. Since it's not and you scored it so low I'll probably skip it. Was going to watch it just for the Amish setting, would be interesting since my sister-in-law lives there in Amish territory.

Amanda said...

I don't want to put anyone off this movie,but it wasn't for me. I thought that it was just mediocre and you could see the ending coming a mile away.A lot of modern horror movies try to be clever, but it just doesn't fool the audience (unless you are a teenager maybe). It is under another name- Where the Devil Hides so maybe you will find it that way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Amanda, I'll see if I can find it and might give it a try. Who knows, maybe I'll like it. I tried Redbox and Netflix with both names with no luck but maybe I can find it on Amazon or somewhere.

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