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Manos: The Hands of Fate
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Harold P. Warren (screenplay)
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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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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
Anselm Spring .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nicki Mathis .... vocalist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Norma Friedman .... script supervisor
 
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70 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Canada:G (Quebec) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (2008) (self applied) | USA:Not Rated
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Jackey Neyman Jones has written a memoir of the making of Manos called "Growing Up With Manos The Hands of Fate" that will be released sometime in 2016. The book will include a forward by Joel Hodgson.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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Is it true that three cast members killed themselves out of embarrassment after the release of the movie?
Is Torgo a satyr?
Is it true that Quentin Tarantino owns a print of this movie and calls it "his favorite comedy"?
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260 out of 278 people found the following review useful.
Look no further--this is the worst, 20 January 2005
Author: divaclv

Every so often, someone comes onto IMDb (or a similar forum) and declares that such-and-such a film is, and I quote, "THE WORST MOVIE EVER!!!" Usually the culprit is the latest big-budget, little-story extravaganza, or some popular work receiving its expected share of backlash. I always laugh a bit when people do this. Clearly, these innocent souls have never seen an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Specifically, they have never been exposed to the horror that is "Manos: The Hands of Fate." Sure, plenty of movies are bad, but usually if you look hard enough, you can see some evidence that someone on board had at least a vague idea of how to make a film work. Not "Manos." There is not a single shred of competence to be found anywhere in it. It fails on every conceivable level: direction, acting, script, cinematography, sets, costumes, effects, sound, music. Throw in some of the most irritating and idiotic characters you'll ever see, a lot of disturbing sexual subtext, and the result is this pile of cinematic excrement.

The story...well, I guess it's supposed to be one of those "innocents get lost and stumble upon supernatural evil" deals. Actually, it's more like an "irritating family gets lost and stumbles upon a group of vague cultists and their creepy hired hand Torgo" deal. Anyway, things happen, arguments go in circles, the mom of the family yells for her husband so much you wonder how she ties her shoes in the morning without him, the husband makes so many wrong decisions you wonder if he'd be any help with the shoe-tying thing, and the female cultists get into an extended wrestling match, revealing that under their diaphanous Grecian robes they're wearing modern bras and underwear.

There's much more, of course, but "Manos" is like a train wreck, or a natural disaster: I could describe it to you, but you'd never understand the full level of horror unless you witness it for yourself. So go ahead, watch it, I dare you. At least you can take comfort in the knowledge that, after you've seen it, nothing else you watch will be quite so bad.

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