Demonoid (1981)

R | 78 mins | Horror | 1981

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HISTORY

       An item in the 24 Oct 1979 Var reported that principal photography on Macabra began 22 Oct 1979. According to the 6 May 1980 HR, the production shot on location in Mexico for four weeks and then moved to the U.S. The 19 Dec 1979 DV noted the completion of principal photography before Christmas 1979.
       According to an article in the 22 Jul 1981 Var and the 9 Nov 1981 Var review, the film, with the release title of Demonoid, was the first motion picture distributed by American Panorama Inc. The 22 Jul 1981 Var reported the film grossed $180,240 when it debuted at twenty-eight theaters in Chicago, IL.
       The 12 Nov 1979 DV noted the film marked Lew Saunders’ motion picture debut.

      End credits include the following written statements: “Special thanks to: The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Hotel Real De Minas, Guanajuato, Puma Sports Equipment, Guanajuato Bureau of Tourism” and “Filmed on Location in Guanajuato, Mexico City, Las Vegas, Oxnard, Los Angeles and in Churubusco Studios by Unit Crew 'Queretaro' S.T.P.C. ... More Less

       An item in the 24 Oct 1979 Var reported that principal photography on Macabra began 22 Oct 1979. According to the 6 May 1980 HR, the production shot on location in Mexico for four weeks and then moved to the U.S. The 19 Dec 1979 DV noted the completion of principal photography before Christmas 1979.
       According to an article in the 22 Jul 1981 Var and the 9 Nov 1981 Var review, the film, with the release title of Demonoid, was the first motion picture distributed by American Panorama Inc. The 22 Jul 1981 Var reported the film grossed $180,240 when it debuted at twenty-eight theaters in Chicago, IL.
       The 12 Nov 1979 DV noted the film marked Lew Saunders’ motion picture debut.

      End credits include the following written statements: “Special thanks to: The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Hotel Real De Minas, Guanajuato, Puma Sports Equipment, Guanajuato Bureau of Tourism” and “Filmed on Location in Guanajuato, Mexico City, Las Vegas, Oxnard, Los Angeles and in Churubusco Studios by Unit Crew 'Queretaro' S.T.P.C. R.M.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Nov 1979.
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Daily Variety
19 Dec 1979.
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Daily Variety
9 Nov 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 May 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 1981
p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
12 Nov 1981
p. 2.
Variety
24 Oct 1979.
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Variety
22 Jul 1981.
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Variety
9 Nov 1981.
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Variety
11 Nov 1981
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Zach Motion Pictures, Inc. Panorama Films, S.A. Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit dir of photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Scenic des
Props
COSTUMES
Cost
Ward asst
MUSIC
Orig score rec at
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Post prod sd
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff art dir
Visual eff
Opt eff and titles
MAKEUP
Makeup
Spec makeup
Miss Eggar's makeup
Hairdresser
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Loc mgr
Equip supv
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to the prod
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt driver
Stunt driver
Stunt driver
Stunt driver
Stunt driver
Stunt driver
COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Macabra
Demonoid: Messenger of Death
Release Date:
1981
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 6 November 1981
Production Date:
22 October--late December 1979
Copyright Claimant:
Zach Motion Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 April 1982
Copyright Number:
PA137110
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
78
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Mexico, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In an underground chamber, hooded devil worshippers slice the left hand off a young woman, which crawls on its own until a cultist stabs it and places it in a silver case. Three hundred years later, Jennifer Baines arrives in Guanajuato, Mexico, where her husband Mark Baines is reopening a mine. Inside, Jennifer accidentally causes a small rock slide which reveals a mummified corpse with no left hand, and the workers fear the mine is cursed by the “devil’s hand.” Hoping to inspire the workers to return to work, Jennifer and Mark go back inside. Upon reaching the lowest level of the mine, they discover the deserted chamber and Mark finds the silver hand-shaped case. He shows it to the workers, announcing the devil’s curse is broken, but the workers retreat in fear. That night, after Jennifer goes to bed, an intoxicated Mark opens the case and empties the ashy contents onto the table. As he staggers to bed, the ashes re-assemble into a hand, crawl into the bedroom and up Jennifer’s leg. She awakens screaming and Mark fights with the hand until it disappears into his left hand, and he runs out of the room. The next morning, Jennifer searches for Mark and discovers that he has ordered the workers back into the mine, rigging the site with explosives. Despite her protests, Mark blows up the mine and drives away. Later, Jennifer sees a newspaper headline announcing Mark is a success at winning a lot of money, gambling at the Sands hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the hotel, a gambler orders his girl friend, Angela, ... +


In an underground chamber, hooded devil worshippers slice the left hand off a young woman, which crawls on its own until a cultist stabs it and places it in a silver case. Three hundred years later, Jennifer Baines arrives in Guanajuato, Mexico, where her husband Mark Baines is reopening a mine. Inside, Jennifer accidentally causes a small rock slide which reveals a mummified corpse with no left hand, and the workers fear the mine is cursed by the “devil’s hand.” Hoping to inspire the workers to return to work, Jennifer and Mark go back inside. Upon reaching the lowest level of the mine, they discover the deserted chamber and Mark finds the silver hand-shaped case. He shows it to the workers, announcing the devil’s curse is broken, but the workers retreat in fear. That night, after Jennifer goes to bed, an intoxicated Mark opens the case and empties the ashy contents onto the table. As he staggers to bed, the ashes re-assemble into a hand, crawl into the bedroom and up Jennifer’s leg. She awakens screaming and Mark fights with the hand until it disappears into his left hand, and he runs out of the room. The next morning, Jennifer searches for Mark and discovers that he has ordered the workers back into the mine, rigging the site with explosives. Despite her protests, Mark blows up the mine and drives away. Later, Jennifer sees a newspaper headline announcing Mark is a success at winning a lot of money, gambling at the Sands hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the hotel, a gambler orders his girl friend, Angela, to flirt with Mark. As Jennifer arrives at the front desk, the gambler and Angela abduct Mark and take him to a remote shack. They demand that Mark reveal his gambling secrets, threatening to cut off his hands. Mark’s left hand, however, assumes a mind of its own and kills them. Mark tries to cut off his hand, but it douses him with gasoline and sets him on fire. Later, at the police station, Jennifer learns that three corpses were found at the shack and she is certain the burned man is Mark. The police, however, had assumed the person was the owner of a neighboring shack, and a relative identified the charred corpse before shipping it to Los Angeles, California, for burial. At night, Jennifer visits the California church where the corpse was sent and questions Father Cunningham, who presided over the burial. He leads her to the grave, but before they arrive, the body exhumes itself and hides. Father Cunningham thinks the grave was vandalized and does not believe Jennifer’s contention that the body dug its way out. He calls Sgt. Leo Matson to investigate and while they wait, Jennifer shows him the silver hand-case, but the priest doubts her tale of the devil’s crawling hand. Meanwhile, Matson checks the grave as the corpse sneaks to the police car and slams the door on its left hand, severing it. When Matson returns to the vehicle, he finds the collapsed corpse and is attacked by the detached hand. Flashes of lightning bring Jennifer and Cunningham outside as Matson speeds away, leaving behind the corpse with no left hand. The next day, at a boxing gym, Cunningham questions Matson who claims he was called to another crime scene. Mattson offers to box with the priest and attacks his opponent with his left hand until Cunningham’s crucifix slips outside his shirt, and Matson runs away. Back at the church, Cunningham claims Matson is not supernaturally possessed, but Jennifer disagrees and leaves the address of her hotel, announcing she is staying in Los Angeles until the hand is destroyed. As she places her purse in the rental car, Jennifer is confronted by Matson who arrests her for car theft. Instead of bringing her to the police station, he drives her to a medical office, where he handcuffs her to a chair and orders Dr. Julian Rivkin and Nurse Morgan to cut off his left hand, threatening them with death. Revealing that he has been possessed by the “devil’s hand,” Matson explains the hand is a gift for Jennifer; she set the hand free at the mine, so now it belongs to her. After Dr. Rivkin removes the hand, it reaches for a gun and shoots Nurse Morgan, then flies onto Matson and crushes his face. As the doctor tries to save Matson, he, too, becomes possessed by the hand. Jennifer tries to escape but the doctor sedates her with a syringe full of medication and carries her back into the exam room. Meanwhile, Father Cunningham notices her car outside the church and finds the silver case inside. When the priest and Patrolman Yates also see Matson’s patrol car at the medical office, Cunningham rushes inside as the doctor prepares to cut off his hand as a gift for Jennifer. Frightened away, Dr. Rivkin drives off while Cunningham frees Jennifer. They chase the doctor in Patrolman Yates’s car until Rivkin jumps from his vehicle onto the side of a train. As the doctor falls off the train, his left arm lands on the tracks; the train runs over the arm and the severed hand escapes. Later, Father Cunningham delivers Jennifer to the hotel and offers to help her destroy the hand. As he drives away, he comes upon a car accident and is asked to perform the last rites. When Cunningham notices the victim’s left hand missing, he rushes back to the hotel and arrives as Jennifer pulls back the bedcovers to find the hand waiting to attack. They escape in Cunningham’s car but, as they speed away, the hand jumps from the hotel’s second floor onto the vehicle. At the church, Cunningham attempts to call the police but the phones are dead. The power suddenly goes out and the doors lock on their own. As Cunningham gets candles, the hand attacks him. An iron gate blocks Jennifer’s path, so she reaches her left hand through the bars and asks the devil’s hand to take her, not Cunningham. The hand moves toward her but Cunningham grabs it and the devil’s hand possesses him. A chase ensues until Cunningham finds Jennifer hiding, with a knife, on the opposite side of an iron doorway. When the priest shoves his left hand through the grate toward her, Jennifer offers him the knife, then kisses his hand. As she pulls back, Cunningham stabs the knife through his hand, trapping it in the grating. Jennifer hands him a nearby blow torch and he burns the hand while quoting the scripture: “If your hand offends you, cut it off and cast it aside.” The next day, Jennifer and Cunningham scatter the hand’s ashes into the ocean and the priest claims the dust will rest with no hope of resurrection. Later, at Jennifer’s home, she notices puddles of water and a piece of seaweed on the floor as a package is delivered. She cautiously unwraps the box and finds another piece of seaweed with a black candle. Water drips from a faucet as the devil hand climbs out of the sink and attacks her. The black candle lights itself as the hand throws Jennifer into a glass coffee table, killing her. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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