Monster of the Day #1465

This film was as silly as I remembered, with actors attacking themselves with their own hands and suchlike. Sadly, it was also far pokier than I recalled. Since the T-Rex film was also a bit of a slog, we would have done far better to have scheduled this in the after dinner slot and used the more crowd-pleasing Class of 1999 in the middle. Ah, well.

The opening part of the film centers on a mine in which the demon hand is found. At one point there’s a rockfall and several workers are squished. At this juncture veteran attendee Matthew had the quip of the day when he noted the film’s theme was “in the key of a A Flat Miner.” There’s no crown attendant to this honor, but he did reap the spiteful envy of the rest of us.

  • Gamera977

    It’s giving her a massage?

    Seems like they’d have put some dangerous looking claws on it if it’s supposed to be a demon hand.

  • It’s nice to know Thing found work after the Addams Family ended.

  • So i do a little research and discover that I’ve made an anachronistic joke in the previous post. Apparently Thing is only a disembodied hand in the movies. In the show, he was a creature so hideous they could only show his hand. Which, frankly, trumps what they did in the movies.

    Thus I take another step towards being the best person I can be!

  • KeithB

    Are you sure about that?
    He was kept in a small box that they kept moving around – and then there was Lady Fingers who could also be kept in a hand-sized box.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I think I remember this one. Did they have the Evil Hand possess a priest at one point?

  • As sure as one can be getting his information from Wikipedia. Actually, it might have started out as the hideous creature thing and morphed into the hand thing (pardon). Though apparently there are times in the series you can see Thing up to the elbow, as well as times when Thing switches from a rightie to a leftie (a prank done by Ted Cassidy)

  • Rock Baker

    Addams’ original guidelines for the show indeed made clear that Thing was more than just a disembodied hand. The one instance on the show where I can remember someone calling him such was the episode where a detective was hired to find a missing Thing and he told, in shock, how he met a creature which was only a human hand. Knowing Thing, of course, that may be all he bothered to show of himself and the detective drew his own conclusion.

  • bgbear_rnh

    It makes more sense on why he is called “Thing”.

  • Flangepart

    Don’t know. I think mayhaps ‘it’ was a Mobsters hand that fingered the Don, then knuckled down on nailing cuti-cul what gave him away to gang, so it palmed itself off as an actor to get a job in witness protection.

  • bgbear_rnh

    ahh, the fickle finger of fate.

  • The Rev.

    Yes, that does happen. Ken reviewed it in an old “Video Cheese” installment.

    I campaigned hard for this movie for T-Fest because I really wanted to finally see it. It actually made it, to my delight. I think I was happier with the movie than anyone else; even if it does drag in places, the other parts are pretty fun.

    It was a pretty good day of viewing, all told. Only the T-rex movie was a complete let-down.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Ah! Thanks! To be honest I’m surprised I remember as much as I do of that movie; the part where the hand grabs a pistol and shoots someone really left me boggled.

  • Rodford Smith

    Apparently, the boxes were actually portals into an extra-dimensional realm. In the episode where Thing is missing Gomez calls into one of the boxes and gets an impressive echo. He promises to get to the bottom of the mystery. Then looks into the box again and says “If there is a bottom.”

  • Again, far cooler than what the movies gave us. And the movies gave a very cool Thing.

  • Rodford Smith

    Oh! In one episode Thing manifests out of a car’s glove box.