The Crawling Hand is a 1963 science fiction horror film directed by Herbert L. Strock from a screenplay by himself, Joseph Cranston (co-scripter of The Corpse Grinders), Bill Idelson and Robert M. Young.
The hand of a dead astronaut washes up on the beach and possesses the college student who takes it home. The student is slowly transformed by the hand and begins killing people in a small town…
“Now this is what I am talking about B movie schlock!! A hand, actually almost a whole arm crawls around and strangles people.The film features Alan Hale Jr. The Skipper from Gilligan’s Island as the Sheriff and the always stunning Allison Hayes. Burt Reynolds originally tested for the lead role but lost it because of his wooden performance … Yeah it’s bad but it’s so bad it’s good.” Digital Macabre
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