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Writer:
Harold P. Warren (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 November 1966 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's Shocking! It's Beyond Your Imagination! See more »
Plot:
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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"Mike I'm scared." "Of WHAT?" See more (647 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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
 
Other crew
Norma Friedman .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
74 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Canada:G (Quebec) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (2008) (self applied) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
Despite the film's negative reception, Harold P. Warren was so proud of it that he began wearing the Master's robe every Halloween. After he died in 1985, his son Joe has carried on the tradition.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When The Master is waving Torgo's stick at him, he waves it slowly side-to-side from Torgo's point of view. Seen from behind, he jerks it around quickly.See more »
Quotes:
[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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198 out of 218 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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