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Manos: The Hands of Fate
It's Shocking! It's Beyond Your Imagination!
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.
Disgraceful, humorless and just dismal, this atrocity whose technical achievements only just barely meet that of a "film" is just the all time lowest of the low. It is and forever will be a mystery to me as to how Manos: The Hands of Fate (translated: Hands: The Hands of Fate) is commonly grouped with the terrifically bad film genre or known by most as the so-bad-it's-good genre. The genre by which the likes of The Room, Plan 9 From Outer Space and Troll 2 belong, is a genre known for "fun" and "good fun" and even "joy," Manos; or Hands is none of these things.
Manos is campless, joyless, void of fun, and spawn of pain and cinematic torture.…
“I am Torgo. I take care of the place while the Master is away.”
It was the very witching time of night, and Hal P. Warren, heavy-hearted and crestfallen, pursued his travels homeward, alongside the barren wastelands which stretch beside El Paso, and which he had traversed so cheerily in the afternoon. It was the night of the unveiling of his masterpiece, Manos: The Hands of Fate. The air that afternoon had been heavy and humid, but it couldn’t dampen his spirits. He had won his bet—his movie was complete, ready for an unprepared world’s embrace.
His actors arrived in the rented limousine—one carload at a time, as Warren could afford only a single rental. Spotlights lit the night sky,…
"Without Manos: The Hands of Fate there would be no 2001: A Space Oddyssey."
"Robert Smith Jr and Russ Huddleston's score is the reason I started composing"
"I almost quit show business for good the first time I saw Manos. I mean, when a performance as brilliant as John Reynolds' Torgo already exists why would I even bother trying..."
My mom (after walking in on me watching this film): "Is this a porno flick?"
Manos: The Hands of Fate (roughly translated into Hands: The Hands of Fate) is an incredible film. It transcends the word 'incredible'. In fact, it conjures up its own word and that word is "torgo". This film is very torgo.
Holy shit this film is fucking terrible. But it's a special kind of fucking terrible. It's a "holy shit I'm going to shoot myself any second now fucking terrible" kind of fucking terrible. Never before have I seen a man die because his face was caressed to death.
Manos has changed my outlook on cinema as well as humanity. Are we humans this monstrous and…
Wikipedia reports that Manos is "widely recognized to be one of the worst films ever made". It's also one of the most wonderfully trashy films ever made.
Every scene and every cut is four times longer than it should be to fill time. Everything, and I mean everything is fucked in this film; the editing, framing, shot choice, acting, set decoration, dialogue, film stock, colour, sound, structure, everything except the mighty Torgo and the pretty good post-bop jazz score is fucked. And then there's the slapping. What the hell is it with the slapping. Everyone is slapping everyone else. It's a slapfest! I loved it.
Favourite moment: Torgo's death by slapping and rubbing.
Just plain godwaful. he worst movie I have ever had to sit through in my life.
Free on youtube (thank god)
Part of the shittest of the shit project..... and I think I may have found it.
A heavily unconventional, insanely uninteresting and some of the worst editing to have ever graced filmmaking.
The film follows a family going on vacation and stopping at a "hotel?" that is housed by a satanic group? Every single performance is garbage, over the top or flat out boring. No one in particular stands out whatsoever. It's more or less the characters lack of motivations and extreme lack of character background, story or development. The characters do absolutely nothing. It's a lot of backtracking as well. A lot of the film has characters going back and forth or contradicting themselves. There would be times when characters would show up and you'd think they would add service to the plot but then…
Stick with the Mystery Science Theater version. This is one boring and inept film. Once in a blue moon this film during the run time becomes so surreal it is mesmerizing- but that's incredibly rare. Most of the time it's just a slog.
This movie is not fun at all. It's stultifying.
This is so bad, but there is no negative ratings available. Some ideas are better left unthought.
Once I beat up my girlfriend cause she was giving me lip service about this film. I knew it was time for her to learn a lesson that will never be forgotten. after 2 months on house arrest I was let go, and I haven't see her since. I sometimes think about her, Sometimes I even think about the monkey man.
ANYWAY, this movie is I don't want to oversell it as the best, but it's a close 6th or seventh place behind. Of course people think that the servent was the best character is this movie. I say nay, the best character was of course the two couple that was always caught kissing, I mean what did that have to do with the movie? Lost I am, was, and still remain. That's the true genius of film
I watched the MST3K Version. This is a classic on how not to make a movie. But it is also a classic.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The set pieces were pleasant, and thats it. I got nothing else.
FILMS #1 OF TIMOTHY'S CHALLENGE 2.0
I'm speechless. Apparently all teenagers do is make out in cars. Remember kids, all women are helpless. John Reynolds deserves an Oscar. I didn't know people could drive a car without anything moving. The word "Manos" is Spanish for "Hands", so when translated the title reads Hands: The Hands of Fate . I totally dig The Master's getup. The spooky piano riff is musical perfection. A masterwork of cinema.
Take a break from all that Fellini and Bergman you pretentious fucks and watch this shit.
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Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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