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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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    :) Great minds...
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jun 20, 2014 at 13:30
  • Yeah, that's not it; it was JUST the hand and the water/oil in extreme close-up, nothing else. Thanks though!
    – user26193
    Jun 20, 2014 at 13:31
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    Well, here's a list. Dig in! :)
    – SQB
    Jun 20, 2014 at 13:48
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    That list sure helped, it led me right to it! See below and thanks!
    – user26193
    Jun 20, 2014 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, 2014 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!

enter image description here

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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, 2014 at 13:33
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    It's not always Hardware!
    – SQB
    Jun 20, 2014 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.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:01
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    Hardware is apparently the lupus of sci-fi movies. Jun 20, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 14:49
  • That's what I get for not refreshing the page before answering. Jun 23, 2014 at 14:49

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