Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos - Hands of Fate
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"Manos," according to film critic Michael Weldon, was written, produced, directed by its 'star' Hal B. Warren, a fertilizer salesman from El Paso, Texas. The plot, as such, concerns Warren and his family, who become lost while on vacation. They stop at a strange house to ask directions and are met by the weird servant Torgo, who takes them prisoner and helps to make the next 90 minutes only seem like 8 hours.
Even the MST gang had trouble with this one, as most of the good lines and ripostes are in the first half. One can actually feel this movie sucking the life out of the crew. At the end even Dr. Forrester believes he may have went too far. But one redeeming thing came out of this -- the addition of Torgo the pizza delivery man (played by Mike Nelson) to the list of characters that inhabit Deep 13.
The only other caveat I can add is that this movie is for those seasoned MSTies only. If you are new to the MST experience, I would recommend "The Beginning of the End," or "I Accuse My Parents" to get you up to speed before tackling this one.
If you're looking for a description of how it takes cinema to a new abyssmal low . . . well, here goes: Imagine getting a continually out of focus Handy 8 camera from the 60's, get 6 of your best friends (make ABSOLUTE sure they can't act), go to a local bar and pick the first 6 women you see and dress them in K-mart nightgowns, go to a desolate beach with a cottage in Ohio somewhere with a script you've written in one hour (and no more) and start filming away. Believe me, you couldn't do any worse.
Every single solitary thing about this endurance test will make your brain start to atrophy. The commentary from Joel and the 'bots is top notch, but you know you have to feel sorry for the poor chaps when the SCIENTISTS apologize for "Manos". The opening edu-short "Hired" (light years better than "Manos", and that ain't saying much), put out by Chevrolet in the 50's, is hilarious as an added bonus. The "Manos" experience has to be seen to be believed. Buy this cobalt bomb of a movie, throw "Manos" parties and invite your enemies. You'll be glad you did.
I warn you, gentle reader. This movie is for the strong of stomach. From Torgo who did not learn how to wear his Depends undergarments to the "Master" who could control the wheels of fate but chose the wrong artist for his self-portrait, I was transported into a world where pretentiousness meets imcompetence and all known rules of the universe slip into irrelevance.
I survived twenty-seven minutes and twenty seconds until I was forced to pause the movie for a full ten minutes to calm myself. The ecstasty of laughter had turned to pain, and "Manos: The Hands of Fate" clutched me more firmly than Torgo attempted to clutch the "protagonist"'s wife. Yet I carried on, but the ecstasy overcame my abillity to reason many more times to the point that two minutes of movie triggered ten minutes of hysteria at the point when the "Hands of Fate" wrung the life from poor Torgo. Afterwards, I was left numb, drunk. I could not move, and I found myself whispering: "The horror.".
So, I recommend this movie, but be warned, Manos is graduate-level MST3K. I advise those watching to prepare for what cannot be prepared for.
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I like it for what it is ... it isn't Shakespeare, it's an old B-horror movie!!
"Manos the hands of fate" is easily one of the dumbest movies you can ever sit... Read more
For years after the appearance of the MST3000 version of "Manos - Hands of Fate", there were COUNTLESS Torgos shambling across the stage, during masquerade competitions at... Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Robert Kruck
MST3K's version of this forgotten crapper is as close to perfect as it gets. Stop reading and buy it now if you love to laugh or if you just need a good chuckle. A true classic!Published on May 3, 2014 by Alan
A great "bad" movie - well worth watching - so neat to study the movie on IMDB and other sources after viewing -Published on December 6, 2013 by Dennis J. Faulkner
This is the greatest movie of all time. This is all I have to say on this matter. Amen. Booyah.Published on September 7, 2013 by Taylor Williams
wow...what else can I say? "Manos- Hands of Fate" certainly has my vote for worst movie ever made, and I am not the type of person to just throw that sort of statement... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by spidersam13
In 1966, director Harold P. Warren tried to make a popular horror film with a low budget and failed! Over the years, Manos The Hands of Fate has become a cult classic. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by Jorge A. Zarco
Some bad movies are so bad they are funny; most bad movies, however, are simply bad, and in order to be funny they need a little help. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by Gary F. Taylor
"Mystery Science Theater 3000" is all about digging up the worst movies possible, and relentlessly making fun of them. Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by E. A Solinas