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Harold P. Warren (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 November 1966 (USA) See more »
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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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A $300 refrigerator , and I am still waiting for the sequel See more (645 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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Canada:G (Quebec) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (2008) (self applied) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
Tom Neyman's daughter, Jackey Neyman played Debbie. His wife, Jacqueline Neyman, made the Master and wives' costumes. Their dog played the demon dog.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the cop pulls over the family for the busted tail light, he begins writing the ticket without asking to see a license.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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117 out of 135 people found the following review useful.
A $300 refrigerator , and I am still waiting for the sequel, 21 April 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Upon release, Manos: The Hands of Fate swept theaters throughout the world, causing mass hysteria, panic, and power outages as theater-owners tried to keep up withe the endless demands for more power to power more projectors and sound equipment. Concerns for the general health of the world's population kept it shelved for several years, but now, finally, the greatest film of all time has been unleashed upon the public. With a score by John Coltrane and Frank Zappa (who also appears as "The Master"), direction by Martin Coppolla (illegitimate son of Mr. Scorses and Francis Ford...), and a script written by Stephen King (at the age of 14), Manos is as legendary as it is brilliant.

Not.

There really is no sense in beating this poor film into the ground any more than it already has been. What I find sort of amusing is that after a third or fourth viewing (yes, I admit it, I'm a masochist), is that it's sort of grown on me a bit. Like a fungus!

Manos is about a small family of yankees who get lost in the southwestern US and end up in a place from which nobody can leave, in an Inn overseen by a twitching human-goat hybrid named Torgo (who steals the show) and owned by the enigmatic "Master" - a worshipper of Manos who collects wives through trapping them at his inn. I guess you can figure the rest of the film out pretty easily. This ends up being a horror film with virtually no horror, an action film with the most poorly shot action sequences I've ever seen, and an artsy jazz vehicle with such poor acoustic sound quality that it would have been much better with just the groovy soundtrack and no dialog.

The biggest problem with Manos is what we call "Production values". To cut to the chase, there are none.

There is too much wrong with this film to list it all out, so instead I will list what's right with it. The acting is not entirely awful - but the sound, editing, pacing and camera work are so bad that the actors all look totally ridiculous at all times. The script is not the worst I've seen, but it is lost in the jerks and irks of the pace (dramamine recommended), and finally, the plot is no worse than some of the recent Hollywood horror catastrophes I have seen, but it to is swept up in the maelstrom of maleficence emanating from the director's chair.

The result would make a great object example for a film production class in "what not to do". Most people will find this film tedious, idiotic, and unwatchable. The average person, I think will turn it off after the first 5 minutes of countryside pans during the opening driving scenes.

Some would argue that my rating of 2 is too high. I won't argue that point but I will explain that I reserve "1" for those truly aggravating films which do more harm then good, serve no purpose, and do nothing to expand the boundaries of contemporary film-makers' and cinema-goers imaginations. Most of these are commercial Hollywood romantic and sex comedies and horror films. Manos, at least, occupies an important place in film-making history, and should really be seen by would-be film-makers and participants. At least it didn't cost much to make, and at least it does no real long lasting harm. Can't say the same for, for example, "American Pie". For these reasons, I reserve the rating "1" for such truly harmful films. The distinction is best made through an analogy. If you buy a refrigerator for $3000, and it breaks down immediately upon the expiration of the warranty, that refrigerator has done you some harm. If you buy one for $300, and it does the same, you should count yourself lucky.

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