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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)
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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
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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

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Certificate:

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Norm-Iris, Sun City Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.30 : 1
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Trivia

Director Harold P. Warren later approached cinematographer Robert Guidry with another script, "Wild Desert Bikers". Guidry declined. See more »

Goofs

The zipper on The Master's back is clearly visible throughout the movie. 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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Alternate Versions

Among the scenes edited from the film for its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1993 were a short scene of the family taking a wrong turn en route to valley lodge, more scenes of the family fleeing the cult, and a scene of the Master repeatedly smacking his defiant wife. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Leech Woman (1997) See more »

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Look no further--this is the worst
20 January 2005 | by divaclvSee all my reviews

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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