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A.k.a.
Carnival of Sinners
Year
1943
Runtime
78 min.
Director
Maurice Tourneur
Genres
Fantasy, Horror
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
695
Checks
334
Favs
31
Dislikes
2
Favs/checks
9.3% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
16:1
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  1. John Milton's avatar

    John Milton

    Agreed! A direct addition to my <400 list. Tourneur gives us a brooding, dark and above all Faustian fairy tale about a man who wants to back down on his pact with the Devil. 5 years 12 months ago
  2. jlfitz's avatar

    jlfitz

    Outstanding movie. Definitely worth watching. 6 years 9 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    La main du diable ("The Devil's Hand", though it's English title is Carnival of Sinners) propose a Monkey's Paw fable where a failed artist buys a hand that gives him great talent in, well, anything one puts it to. Hey, all it costs is your soul if you happen to die with it. Metaphysical musical chairs, anyone? His quest to escape the Devil will lead him to discover the hand's origins. Director Maurie Tourneur, seemingly inspired by silent era horror cinema, mixes 1940s realism with older forms, often evoking German expressionism, and Cocteau at times too. Thematically, it ties into the painter's work, which approaches surrealism, taking us into a kind of dream-like phantasmagoria in the climax, a vision that transcends the solidity of the art world and the man's marriage, which could have belonged to straight drama. There's a wry humor to the proceedings, but few real chills, perhaps more in the realm of the Twilight Zone than it is true horror. Nevertheless, it's a quick, effective, Faustian tale, well designed and acted. 1 year ago
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  3. This movie ranks #978 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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