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Back in the early to mid 90s, I saw this video at Blockbuster all the time and thought it looked interesting; but it also looked "scary" and I knew my overprotective mom would never let me rent it.

It showed what looked like a robot or cyborg hand; the fingers were dark, metallic and pointy, rather like Freddy Krueger knives (but I know this wasn't one of the A Nightmare On Elm Street films). Most of the fingers were folded back, but the index finger was extended downward and just starting to poke into some water (oil?), which was rippling.

By the time I was old enough to rent it myself, it was gone (as Blockbuster itself is now, of course). Does this sound familiar at all to anyone? I'm sorry I don't remember anything else.

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Made me think of Hardware, even though the description doesn't quite match (the poster shown on WikiPedia doesn't match at all, the one on TVTropes matches a bit). –  SQB Jun 20 at 13:28
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:) Great minds... –  Sean Duggan Jun 20 at 13:30
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Well, here's a list. Dig in! :) –  SQB Jun 20 at 13:48
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That list sure helped, it led me right to it! See below and thanks! –  user26193 Jun 20 at 14:09
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Story-identification: "Questions asking for help identifying a TV series/episode, comic-book issue/story arc, movie, book, or other story." –  user26193 Jun 20 at 14:45
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I found it! I was a little off on the description, but it's called Death Machine! Thanks for all the help!

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Congratulations! You can mark this answer as accepted. –  Wikis Jun 20 at 14:10
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It says I have to wait two days, but as soon as that runs out I will. –  user26193 Jun 20 at 14:10
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And welcome to SF&F! –  SQB Jun 20 at 14:13
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it doesn't match the water/oil, but could this be a movie poster for Hardware? It looks very Freddy-Kruger-esque to me.

Hardware movie poster

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No, that's not it, it's just the hand and the water/oil/mystery liquid in close-up. Thanks though! –  user26193 Jun 20 at 13:33
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It's not always Hardware! –  SQB Jun 20 at 13:52
    
@SQB: ^_^ No, it is not... but it's surprising how often it's an appropriate answer. As a matter of disclosure, I've never actually seen Hardware. I only know about it because it keeps coming up in search results. –  Sean Duggan Jun 20 at 14:01
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Hardware is apparently the lupus of sci-fi movies. –  Blazemonger Jun 20 at 20:03
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Edward Scissorhands?

Matches your description though I couldn't find an exact image match (eg finger in liquid).

Movie poster

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Until I just found the right answer (see above), I actually was beginning to think it might be Edward Scissorhands and my childhood brain had just mangled the poster. –  user26193 Jun 20 at 14:05
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Might it be Death Machine? Released in 1994.

enter image description here

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Yes, but this answer was already given about an hour ago. –  Mr Lister Jun 20 at 14:49
    
That's what I get for not refreshing the page before answering. –  Michael Itzoe Jun 23 at 14:49
    
You might want to delete your answer to remove the reputation hit. :) Y'know, if that kind of thing matters to you. –  Sean Duggan Jul 1 at 19:45
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