A hand full of horrors
La Main du diable (The Devil's Hand, 1942)
Tourneur's film, made in occupied France, uses a Faustian pact and the idea of possession that would have resonated in those opposed to the Germans, as Frank Lafond argues.
Of mad love, alien hands and the film under your skin
Some further meditations on
the horror of identity
Ruth Goldberg looks at possessed hands in film versions of the "Hands of Orlac" story and traces the origins through cinema history and back to grisly medical reality.