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Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

Not Rated | | Horror | 15 November 1966 (USA)
A family gets lost on the road and stumbles upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Neyman ...
John Reynolds ...
Diane Adelson ...
Margaret (as Diane Mahree)
Harold P. Warren ...
Michael (as Hal Warren)
Stephanie Nielson ...
Sherry Proctor ...
Robin Redd ...
Jackey Neyman Jones ...
Debbie (as Jackey Neyman)
Bernie Rosenblum ...
Joyce Molleur ...
William Bryan Jennings ...
Jay Hall ...
Bettye Birns ...
Lelanie Hansard ...
Pat Coburn ...


A family driving through a small town gets lost and winds up at a backwoods shack managed by Torgo, who takes care of it while The Master is away. The Master worships Manos, an evil deity, and he also wears a neat cape. When Torgo lets the family stay, The Master awakens and does mean stuff like burning off Torgo's hand and sicking his dog on the family pet. Meanwhile, The Master's wives wrestle for his favor. Written by Jeremy Yuenger <yuenger@tony.bc.edu>

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A cult of weird, horrible people who gather beautiful women only to deface them with a burning hand! See more »




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Release Date:

15 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fingers of Fate  »

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$19,000 (estimated)

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1.30 : 1
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The entire film was shot with a hand-held camera that could only record 32 seconds of film at a time. It was also shot without sound; all the lines were dubbed later by two men and one woman. Jackey Neyman Jones cried when she first heard her dubbed voice. See more »


When the snake attacks Michael and his family, the characters are surrounded by the dead of night, but the stock footage of the snake was obviously filmed in broad daylight. See more »


[first lines]
Margaret: We're almost there, honey. Just a little while longer and your vacation starts.
Debbie: I'm getting cold, mother, and hungry!
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Amazingly Awful!
22 June 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The leading man is a Frank Zappa lookalike with only a fraction of the talent Zappa (being dead) has.

However, the real star of the film, Torgo (a goat-man), performed in some of the best walking-from-one-end-of-the-set-to-another scenes I have seen since 1950s Corman films.

Finally, the fights (or are they orgies?) between Manos' wives, which we are asked to believe to be deadly, are utterly hilarious.

The MST3K version of this incredibly dreadful bit of late 60s trashola is one of Joel and the Bots' best, but even their antics fail to make this movie wholly tolerable.

Rated: For Insomniacs Only.

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