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The Devil's Hand (2014/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: C

Forgive Me Father, For I Am Sin...

If you take The Exorcist and The Village and mix them very non-creatively, then you get The Devil's Hand, which is directed by Oscar Nominated Christian E. Christiansen (He was nominated for At Night - Best Danish Short Film, Live Action of 2007.) The film centers upon five girls born into an Amish community that believes them to be part of a Satanic prophecy. The film stars Rufus Sewell (Dark City), Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colm Meaney, Thomas McDonnell, and Jennifer Carpenter.

On June 6, six women in a close-knit Amish community go into labor and deliver six girls, sparking fears that they could fulfill an ancient prophecy. The prophecy states that six girls will be born on the sixth day of the six month (6-6-6) and that one of them will become The Devil's Hand.

Out of fear, one mother kills both herself and her daughter shortly after her birth, and the remaining five girls grow up with relative ignorance of the prophecy. As they come closer to their eighteenth birthday, their actions are constantly monitored by the community; especially Elder Beacon (the always solid Colm Meaney), who views any ungodly actions as proof that one of them is Satan's minion. This is all made more troubling by the fact that one of the girls, Mary (Alycia Debnam-Carey), has started having terrifying visions that could suggest that she is the Devil's Hand. As tensions rise, a mysterious figure begins to murder the girls one by one...

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphically enhanced widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track (and a Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital track as well). Both are adequate for the DVD format but an obvious Blu-ray upgrade would help over issues with compression and loss of detail.

Extras are merely a Theatrical Trailer.

All in all, there have been worst possession films. If that is up your alley then you may enjoy The Devil's Hand but you're not necessarily missing out not seeing it.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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