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After the Master burns off Torgo's hand and Torgo runs away (possibly to his death), Michael and his family are put under a spell so the Master can control them. Michael is chosen to take over for Torgo, while his wife and daughter are made into the Master's new wives.Actually, the director had Torgo run offscreen because (on the off chance that this film was actually SUCCESSFUL), Torgo would be part of the sequel.
The family was on vacation; note where Mike says to the policeman "running late, first vacation, kid getting tired" (as an apparent excuse for having a broken tail-light). They intend to stay at a place called the Valley Lodge.
No. The only one who commited suicide was John Reynolds (Torgo), and it was for reasons totally unrelated to the movie. (Although actor Tom Neyman has speculated that Reynolds, a notorious depressive and perfectionist, was upset over being in such a bad movie, and that may have contributed to his suicide.)
Yes, it is in the public domain and available to watch at archive.org http://www.archive.org/details/ManosTheHandsofFate
No point. The actress Joyce Molleur broke her leg while filming, and these scenes were written to give her a part.
No. It's just one of many urban legends about Manos that are totally false. Benjamin Solovey, the person behind the HD restoration of Manos, had the opportunity to ask him about this subject, and Tarantino replied that he hadn't even seen the movie.
Torgo was meant to be a satyr. John Reynolds wore a metallic rigging under his trousers made out of wire coat hangers and foam by costar Tom Neyman. Reynolds unintentionally wore them backwards, meaning the effect conveyed made him look nothing like a satyr and more like a man with oversized knees who had difficulty walking. No one ever corrected Reynolds' mistake on-set, so the device damaged Reynolds' kneecaps, causing him chronic pain in the months before his death; reportedly, Reynolds attempted to overcome the pain by self-medicating with drugs, visibly affecting his performance in the film. It is unknown why Torgo does not have cloven hooves, he is clearly shown wearing boots in several scenes. The film's dialogue never mentions Torgo's satyr nature, and none of the characters seem to notice anything unusual about his appearance.
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