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In April of 1966 a film called "Manos: The Hands of Fate" was completed. By late April of that same year critics agreed unanimously that this was to be forever regarded as one of the worst films ever made. More than 30 years later a group of Canadian filmmakers interview Bernie, the last surviving crew member of Manos to answer one question: Why? Written by Bern

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Interesting, but a lot of misinformation.
8 March 2016 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

"Hotel Torgo" is sort of a making-of to "Manos: The Hands Of Fate", one of the most fascinatingly awful movies ever made. The makers meet up with Bernie Rosenblum, the last surviving member of the cast/crew. Together they go visit some of the filming locations, meanwhile Rosenblum tells various anecdotes about the filming process. We also get some background about what happened to the rest of the cast.

And there you have the problem: pretty much every fact they give about the other actors is wrong. Rosenblum was NOT the last survivor, Jackey Neyman (Debbie), Diane Mahree (Margaret) and Tom Neyman (The Master) are still alive and kicking in 2016. The history of "Manos" is murky and difficult to research, but Jackey Neyman stated that she actually called up the makers while they were filming this. Apparently, other surviving cast members didn't fit their narrative, so they just ignored them. I guess this was done to add to the mystique, but you can interview every single cast member of this movie and you probably still don't know what's going on. Claiming Diane Mahree died in a car crash with no evidence whatsoever seems very unprofessional.

With that said: I enjoy the bits with Bernie Rosenblum, who passed away last year. Rosenblum played a very minor part in the movie, but he's a decent storyteller and genuinely seems like a nice guy. He certainly saves this 'documentary'. Particularly the part where he goes back to the Valley Lodge and shows us what's left of it is worth your time. It's pretty much the only thing that keeps "Hotel Torgo" from being totally useless, because the research (or lack thereof) is downright horrendous.


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