The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Mike Matei / October 24th, 2015


  • October 24, 2015 at 4:44 am


  • Zces

    October 24, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Yeah! This will be the movie for tonight! Nice with piano penis. haha! Great review Cinemassacre!

  • Larry Hood

    October 24, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I bet the men returning home from the war didn’t feel a bit of terror from films like these. They were so far off from actual violence and disturbing images compared to what they had seen up close and personal.

  • gluserty

    October 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I say “pianoist”.

  • y2j420

    October 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The 1980’s had great Halloween themed movies…

    Once Bitten (1985) – Jim Carrey stars as a virgin who gets bitten by a vampire…

    American Gothic (1988) – is about a crazy, homicidal family…

    Both would be great to do for Monster Madness…in fact, I’m surprised neither were done during the 80’s Monster Madness…

  • h31i05

    October 24, 2015 at 8:33 am

    killer hand movies should come back, like zombie movies did!

  • October 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Seven days left in October, I hope James is able to talk about at least one Hammer film in that time.

    • Strider Tien

      October 28, 2015 at 5:28 am

      The Quiet Ones are calling you James.

  • October 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Since you made the argument about pianist and penis, I had to go back and watch the Animaniacs episode where Yakko, Wakko, and Dot pester Beethoven and when he says pianist, Yakko scolds him for using bad language and they wash his mouth out with soap. Good stuff.

  • Antony Pols

    October 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Idle Hands?

  • Allen Lucas

    October 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Mad Love is my favorite Peter Lorre movie of his though I still enjoyed The Beast with Five Fingers especially for its hilarious cop-out ending!

  • RobotCinema

    October 24, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Funny to think a movie called The Beast with Five Fingers would be so good.

  • October 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I’m not a film nut, not even know who Lorre is or what film he’s been in, but the moment he appered in the video I thought: “This guy must be Lorre”.

    • St_Cerberus_Engel

      October 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Peter Lorre is the guy that the mad scientist in Bugs Bunny cartoons is parodying.

  • Uncle Sporkums

    October 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Great review, James! Glad to finally see a Lorre movie spotlighted.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Your rants are the best

  • Mac Tonight

    October 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Great video. Any chance you will do a review of the 1990 movie the willies with Sean Astin? It’s a great movie for Halloween and even has a goonies reference in it. It’s one of those movies I used to rent from the video store over and over growing up.

  • October 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Everybody I know says it like “pee-uh-nist.” I’ve never met anybody who’s said “pee-nist” :p

    • greedo

      October 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Same here. All of my life, I had never heard it said that way, and never even would have made the association b/ween this and the other thing… until James said it! 🙂

  • JayRam

    October 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This Monster Madness review started to slip into You Know What’s Bullshit! territory.

  • fcabanski

    October 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Nice rant on pianist, Mr. “woofman”.

  • fcabanski

    October 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    You missed the hand mines from Doctor Who.

    • Sun Glitters

      October 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      And the Wall/Floormasters from Zelda… haha.

  • Rubizon

    October 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    great review. But forgot to mention the best hand´horror sett greens movie namely idle hands

  • Sun Glitters

    October 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks a lot for reviewing this. It’s one of the few old horror movies I’ve actually seen. I saw it a long time ago and had forgotten all about it, so it was kind of weird to see it on here.

  • RandyPan

    October 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Hey, any chance we’re gonna see you do M?

  • Rennie Page

    October 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    James Rolfe for president. Who’s with me?

  • October 24, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    How could you forget Idle Hands?! LOL One of the best horror/comedies of all time!

  • October 24, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Another gem. Thanks. Any chance ‘The Day Mars Invaded The Earth’ could see a review?

  • fatapf

    October 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, he’s playing Bach’s Chaconne.

  • October 25, 2015 at 12:14 am

    That thumbnail though, right in the feels!

  • Mark Ruzicka

    October 25, 2015 at 5:24 am

    James is obsessed with talking about penis. 🙂

    Also when I think of Peter Lorre, I think of Igor. I know he never played him but the similarities is uncanny.

  • October 25, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Can’t forget Dr Terror’s House of Horror

  • Don Skiver

    October 25, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I never understood the whole pianist thing. Yes, I understand it’s supposed to sound like penis. However, when I pronounce it, it doesn’t sound like penis.

    Take the word european. (you dont say “europeen” do you?) Then add “ist” at the end. Europeanist. Now remove the “Euro” and you have pianist. I don’t drawl it out like pee-ann-ist, just pianist.

  • ChristianSCWS

    October 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I am a Pianist and I’ve only every pronounced it pee-enist pretty much everyone in australia does.. and You guys call us lazy speakers. haha

    • October 26, 2015 at 1:48 am

      we do? I’ve never heard anyone say that about Australians ever.

  • October 25, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Cool. I’ll get this movie later.

  • badgerno1

    October 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Brilliant film

  • October 25, 2015 at 11:49 am

    you know what’s buuuuuullll shit … spelling,

  • Treise

    October 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    You forgot to mention Idle Hand, I liked that movie.

  • low_tone1

    October 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Peter Lorre, like Vincent Price, can carry a movie based on his charisma alone. He’s one of those actors who had not only an expressive face but also a captivating voice.

  • TagaZok

    October 26, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Marvelous..simply marvelous … I want some more of that stuff….

  • St_Cerberus_Engel

    October 27, 2015 at 6:22 am

    I’ve actually never heard anyone pronounce pianist as “penist”. It’s always been “pee-ah-nist”. Maybe it’s a thing where you live, but if so, it’s an extremely localized thing.

    • Sweetdeath

      October 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

      That’s how I felt. I always say “Pee-ah-nist” and hear others say the same. Maybe it’s a Jersey thing? haha

  • Riku Karnaattu

    October 27, 2015 at 9:58 am

    What an odd rant. Who on earth says pinist/penist/whatever?

  • October 27, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I was eventually going to ask you James(if you even read the comments at all) if you were going to include “The Hand” w/Michael Caine. I saw it when I was 7 years old on TV right around Halloween and i scared the crap outta me. Also on a side note for Halloween TV specials, do you remember the TV show Hogan’s Family? It starred Jason Bateman and Sandy DUncan and they had a really scary Halloween special that gave me nightmares for a week(I was & yet again and everything scared me) It had to do w/zombies and the make u they used was terrifying

  • October 28, 2015 at 1:52 am

    You missed the hand from WaxWork, House (1986), and Idle Hands 🙂

  • Sweetdeath

    October 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    This monster madness has just filled my horror movie list for the next year! I love it. Keep it coming, James. I feel like I have a bunch of killer hand movies to check out now.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2015 at 1:48 am

    The best of the killer hand movies. 😀 You left out Idle Hands! That’s a fun one.

  • OverFlo207

    November 6, 2015 at 3:06 am

    I love Peter Lorre, especially in the Maltese Falcon, one of my most favorite movies ever. But whenever I hear him talk excitedly, I can’t help but think about Ren and Stimpy.

  • November 7, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    How about reviewing Shelly Winters in “What’s the Matter with Helen?” “Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?” and “Poor Pretty Eddie”

  • October 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Idle Hands was another amazing killer hand movie. There’s also Severed Ties, which I saw only once as a kid, but I remember it being really fun and creepy.

  • Jacob Boeve

    October 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    “Where’s Francis?!” Sorry, Deadpool was too awesome to not do that x.x

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