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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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A cult of weird, horrible people who gather beautiful women only to deface them with a burning hand! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fingers of Fate See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Norm-Iris,Sun City Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.30 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As a publicity stunt, Harold P. Warren told the local press that the story was based on a Mexican urban legend. The account ended up in local newspapers shortly before the premiere. 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!
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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 »

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Keep Manos at #1 (of the bottom heap, of course)!!!
26 October 2004 | by XIOMANGERSee all my reviews

Frankly, I am outraged to see so many 10s for this movie, being that no sane person would ever give such a grade to this unrelentinly boring piece of ... (man, it's quite hard not to use profanity with a movie like this). If people were giving Manos 10s just so that some rival could snatch the #1 worst movie title then that is truly sad. Manos is morally the true winner here in that respect.

Not much can be said that has not been said already about this movie. I would know, since reading the IMDb comments, getting a load of laughs from them and feeling a complete sense of empathy with other poor souls who dared to watch this movie, knowing exactly where they are coming from, is just about the only good thing I have gotten out of MTHOF.

Yes, the movie was an eyeopener. I had no idea how bad movies could be before Manos. Ed Wood movies at least provide laughs and something coherent to look at, even though the realization is shoddy to a humorous magnitude. A so-bad-it's-traumatizing movie is an entirely different league from a so-bad-it's-good movie.

In Manos we basically have: driving; boredom; more driving; more boredom; a feeling of being mentally raped within the first 15 minutes (not many movies can do that, you know!); more driving; some rather purposeless necking; (did I mention the driving?); Torgo, our favorite strange person with deformed knees; a family, in whose creation Darwin's laws of natural selection seem to have been completely ignored, gladly deciding to spend the night in "the master's" house; a touching display of affection through holding hands (or is it?); a bored kid; a dead dog, i think; some melodramatic "hand-waving"; a puzzlingly out-of-the-blue all-out wrestling match amongst the ladies, thoroughly making me question my previous enjoyment in watching such activities; how massaging someone to death would look like and last, but quite least, the absolutely tasteless ending, complete with a subsequent cast introduction to give it a "campy" feel. Oh, humanity.

It is a sheer hilarity people bought into the hype and actually came in doves to see the premiere. The movie poster that advertized MTHOF is just precious.

This stinker is the kind of movie you just can't help but love to hate.

Rating 1/10 (so far only 5 movies have ever received this dubious grade in my book)

Scale:

Positive opinion of a movie: 10 MASTERPIECE, 9 Excellent, 8 Good, 7 OK

Neutral opinion of a movie: 6 Adequate, 5 Average, 4 Mediocre

Negative opinion of a movie: 3 Poor, 2 Bad, 1 HORRIBLE


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