The Crawling Hand is a hybrid horror/science fiction film. This cinematic endeavor has a teenage boy, Paul Lawrence (Rod Lauren), stumbling upon a very unusual find. A transmission is sent to Earth from a capsule that is carrying a group of astronauts through space. One of the astronauts begs missions control to self destruct the capsule, knowing that it will cost the lives of everyone inside. His request is granted, and the charred wreckage falls down to the Earth. Meanwhile, a group of college students is relaxing by the beach when they discover the rubble from the crash. Among the debris is a severed human hand. Paul decides to take this home and keeps it in his house. Sure enough, the hand has a mind of its own as it begins a string of brutal murders. Eventually even Paul is helpless to resist the hand, as he becomes possessed and turned into a crazed killer.