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Manos: The Hands of Fate -- After getting lost while on a road trip, a family seeks shelter at a strange home ruled over by a mysterious figure known only as The Master. Torgo, the servant, lets the family stay, which angers the Master.


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Harold P. Warren (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 November 1966 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Harold P. Warren 
Writing credits
Harold P. Warren (screenplay)

Produced by
Harold P. Warren .... producer
Original Music by
Russ Huddleston 
Robert Smith Jr. 
Cinematography by
Robert Guidry (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ernie Smith 
James A. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
Costume Design by
Tom Neyman  (as Thomas Ivy)
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Neyman .... makeup artist (as Jacqueline)
Production Management
Jay O. Lawrence .... production supervisor
Art Department
Tom Neyman .... set designer
Stephane Goulet .... property painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bruce Shearin .... sound
Joyce Molleur .... stunts (uncredited)
Bernie Rosenblum .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Rosenblum .... key grip (as Frank Bernard Rosenblum)
Jesse Simon .... head electrician
Anselm Spring .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
Norma Friedman .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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70 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Quebec) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (2008) (self applied) | USA:Not Rated
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The film had a gala premiere in El Paso. Many local dignitaries attended. Members of the audience began heckling the film during the premiere. Many of the film's cast and crew sneaked out of the theater before the film ended, to avoid having to admit being part of it.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the cop slams his car door to have a talk with the teens in the car, the sound effect is delayed.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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Where was the family heading?
Is there a way to see this movie without the MST3K treatment?
Is it true that Quentin Tarantino owns a print of this movie and calls it "his favorite comedy"?
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203 out of 224 people found the following review useful.
"Mike I'm scared." "Of WHAT?", 8 December 2004
Author: harricklomax

Okay. This is officially the worst movie ever made. Not because it's poorly done, because there are movies, like "Monster A-Go-Go", that are more poorly conceived, acted, directed, filmed, and edited. But "Manos" stands out because it is so incomprehensibly bad. It is SO bad that it is hard to imagine it was done by accident. It often seems like they film is supposed to be bad, and that the director is actually brilliantly creating a horrible film, because this kind of badness doesn't usually come from apathy or a lack of talent and money. This is worse.

The film is also very icky and very dull. Almost nothing happens (certainly not anything interesting) and if you survive the first ten minutes of driving around the countryside you'll just want everyone in the film to die.

However, because this movie is so brilliantly and incredibly bad, I suggest everyone watch it just to know it. Everyone should see "Citizen Kane" because it is the watermark for all good movies. Everyone should see "Manos" for the same reason. It puts all other bad movies to shame. I do suggest though, that it be watched ONLY as the MST3K version, since the team does a good job riffing the film. Even they seem to be too caught up in the film's reeking badness at times that they are just stunned, but they still do a good job. I also doubt you would find a regular version of this movie, since I doubt anyone would be crazy enough to have one.

Interestingly, the guy who plays the mean, stupid, and totally useless husband wrote, directed, and produced the film, and the guy who plays "The Master" did the art direction. They both failed in all their work. No one in this movie has ever done anything else. Thank God.

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