1.9/10
33,606
689 user 105 critic

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

Not Rated | | Horror | 15 November 1966 (USA)
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.

Director:

Harold P. Warren

Writer:

Harold P. Warren (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
Bottom Rated Movies #2 | See the Bottom Rated Movies as rated by our users.

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.8/10 X  

A horde of mutated birds descends upon the quiet town of Half Moon Bay, California. With the death toll rising, Two citizens manage to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?

Director: James Nguyen
Stars: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Tippi Hedren
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

Over the course of one evening, an unsuspecting group of twenty-somethings find themselves bombarded by a series of natural disasters and catastrophic events.

Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Stars: Carmen Electra, Vanessa Lachey, Nicole Parker
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

A woman agrees to go on a date with a man only if he finds a suitor for her unattractive best friend.

Director: Tom Putnam
Stars: Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore, Christine Lakin
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

Evil assassins want to kill Daniel Kublbock, the third runner up for the German Idols.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Daniel Küblböck, Ulli Lommel, Rudolf Waldemar Brem
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.5/10 X  

A look at the 17-25 December 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey, from the viewpoint of the Erdogan government.

Director: Celal Çimen
Stars: Cem Kurtoglu, Hakan Ural, Hazim Körmükcü
Pledge This! (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

At South Beach University, a beautiful sorority president takes in a group of unconventional freshman girls seeking acceptance into her house.

Directors: William Heins, Strathford Hamilton
Stars: Paris Hilton, Simon Rex, Paula Garcés
Manos Returns (2018)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

MANOS Returns is the follow up film to the cult favorite Manos: The Hands of Fate, created by Jackey Neyman Jones who portrayed Debbie from the original film.

Director: Tonjia Atomic
Stars: Tom Neyman, George Stover, Diane Adelson
Troll 2 (1990)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.

Director: Claudio Fragasso
Stars: Michael Paul Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

A group of college students travels to a mysterious island to attend a rave, which is soon taken over by bloodthirsty zombies.

Director: Uwe Boll
Stars: Jonathan Cherry, Tyron Leitso, Clint Howard
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon
Hotel Torgo (2004)
Documentary | Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Directors: Aaron Allard, James Lafleur, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Diane Adelson, Richard Brandt, George Cavender
The Room (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Director: Tommy Wiseau
Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Neyman Tom Neyman ... The Master
John Reynolds John Reynolds ... Torgo
Diane Adelson Diane Adelson ... Margaret (as Diane Mahree)
Harold P. Warren Harold P. Warren ... Michael (as Hal Warren)
Stephanie Nielson Stephanie Nielson ... Master's Wife
Sherry Proctor Sherry Proctor ... Master's Wife
Robin Redd Robin Redd ... Master's Wife
Jackey Neyman Jones Jackey Neyman Jones ... Debbie (as Jackey Neyman)
Bernie Rosenblum Bernie Rosenblum ... Teenager in Car
Joyce Molleur Joyce Molleur ... Teenager in Car
William Bryan Jennings William Bryan Jennings ... Cop
Jay Hall Jay Hall ... Girl in Convertible
Bettye Birns Bettye Birns ... Master's Wife
Lelanie Hansard Lelanie Hansard ... Girl in Convertible
Pat Coburn Pat Coburn ... Master's Wife
Edit

Storyline

A family's driving across the country where they stumble across a mysterious house, inhabited by the satyr-man Torgo. When the family decide to stay over at the house, the family's mother is now the object of desire for Torgo and the owner of the house, The Master: a mysterious figure whom dresses in a black robe, decorated with red hands. Written by Johnny

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

catfight | driving | dog | gun | luggage | See All (33) »

Taglines:

No one seated the last 10 minutes! We defy you to guess the ending... and ask you not to divulge it! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lodge of Sins See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$19,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Norm-Iris, Sun City Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.30 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The endless driving sequences at the beginning were supposed to have the opening credits over them. See more »

Goofs

The first time the cop tells the teens to move on, the slate (or clapper) is briefly visible on the right-hand side of the screen. 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!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The End? See more »

Alternate Versions

25 seconds from the complete released version are missing from the opening of the MST3K version, and 48 from the most common public domain print. These consist of a landscape shot panning right, and then a shot of the city of El Paso, followed by the shot of the car parking seen in the MST3K copy. All of this has been restored in the Benjamin Solovey reconstructed print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Futurama: Rebirth (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A $300 refrigerator , and I am still waiting for the sequel
21 April 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

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.


139 of 159 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 689 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed