Movie Posters: Hands

Hands are a powerful device to convey emotion, from tenderness… all the way to threat. But mostly the latter! I explain: Hands with no face to be associated to, are easily perceived as the main tool for an impending attack from a stranger, an intruder violating the personal space associated with our most vulnerable body part: Our viewing eyes!

No surprise that hands are primarily usually used on posters for horror movies… especially when paired with other archetypes of danger and fear: Blood, nails, grabbing… all while contorting or coming out the dark, the fog, the ground, the “other side”, or worse yet… from nowhere. Loose limbs: the outcome of unspeakable horrors!

This list is being regularly curated in collaboration with its co-author elvisisking.

Other patterns I collect:

Legs, Backs, Upside Down, Top View,Faces, Profiles, Guns, Houses, Glasses, Blades, Skulls, Back to Back, Alphanumerics, People Row, Double Frame … and much more!

  • Identity
  • Dominium
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • Cold Blooded
  • Return to House on Haunted Hill
  • 7 Deadly Sins
  • You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You
  • The Haunting of Whaley House
  • The Darkness
  • White Palms
  • Let the Right One In
  • The Blob
  • The Wicked Within
  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  • The Children
  • Blindness
  • Shadow People
  • Dead Birds
  • Dark Mirror
  • Not Like Others
  • Don't Look Down
  • Anatomy
  • Psycho
  • Stray Bullets
  • The Steam Experiment
  • Anomalisa
  • Wild
  • Hearts in Atlantis
  • The Hidden Face
  • Gothika
  • Goddess of Love
  • Nightworld: Lost Souls
  • The Fringe Dwellers
  • Emmanuelle Through Time: Emmanuelle's Supernatural Sexual Activity
  • The Evil Dead
  • Cross
  • Return of the Family Man
  • Train
  • Quarantine 2: Terminal
  • Airborne
  • End Call
  • Life
  • Chill
  • White Coffin
  • Submerged
  • Still Life
  • 20 Fingers
  • The Pianist
  • Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
  • Palm
  • Delicate Skillful Fingers
  • Awkward Hands
  • La insólita y gloriosa hazaña del cipote de Archidona
  • Ghosts of Mars
  • The Gamers: Hands of Fate
  • Aleister Arcane
  • Arrowhead
  • The Roost
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • Spanking the Monkey
  • Holy Man
  • Nightmares
  • Phenomena
  • Blood Trap
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate
  • The Boogens
  • Bite
  • Fantômas
  • Dangerous Worry Dolls
  • 976-EVIL
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
  • Rock-A-Die-Baby
  • The Witch's Mirror
  • The Snare
  • Siberian Education
  • Khaidi No. 150
  • Girl 6
  • Drive, He Said
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Hands over the City
  • Payback
  • Five Fingers of Death
  • The Girl Without Hands
  • Power In Our Hands
  • Hands of a Stranger
  • Karate, the Hand of Death
  • 5 Fingers
  • The Black Hand
  • The Terrible People
  • The Beast with Five Fingers
  • Carnival of Sinners
  • Pieces of Darkness
  • I Have Tourette's But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • Alien 2: On Earth
  • Hell Is a City
  • Hulk
  • Patient Zero