For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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.…
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…
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.
I know this is supposedly the worst movie ever. I've seen worse. Sure, it has a short run time and yet it feels like an eternity because each scene is so drawn out and absolutely nothing happens for..well..almost the entire thing. I admit the only thing that truly sparked my interest was the sudden cat-fight between all the wives because I didn't understand why it was happening or why it was going on for so long...or why it continued on after other scenes.
I cannot explain how long each scene is because it can't possibly be as long as I think it is as the run time is just over an hour. I swear that the opening scene of driving…
Next time you think about giving a movie a half-star rating, think about Manos: The Hands of Fate, and how that movie you were thinking about is not Manos: The Hands of Fate.
Yes, it's true. A film widely regarded as one of the worst ever made is, in fact, bad. Really bad. That is all.
A family on a road trip is lost in the middle of nowhere and has no other choice but to stay in a satanists house.
Wow. That was Bad!
The Master's costume was pretty cool.
This film is remarkable. It has the thinnest of plots, dialogue scenes with clearly one person dubbing both voices, and the greatest character in the history of film: Torgo.
I still don't know what happened at the end because it's shot and edited in a way that defies all logic.
Does watching the MST3K version count
I think there is a pretty creepy horror film hidden somewhere under all diarrhea that is the actual Manos: The Hands of Fate.
Haven't seen the classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff, but the RiffTrax live version for this was great - as usual from the guys. But what a terrible film.
"Joel, this is going to turn into a snuff film, isn't it?"
This was the first Mystery Science Theater episode I ever saw while I was in college and the only one I had on DVD for a while so if I wanted to introduce my friends to the show (and I really did), it was almost always this one (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians was more of a holiday choice). In sharing MST3K with friends and relatives and total strangers, I've seen this movie at least a dozen times (and a few without the help of Joel and the bots). Even with those many watches, I still don't think I've been able to totally grasp the full extent of the ineptness at play here. You may think that you've "got it,"…
Oh man, where to start? Manos is one film that is considered a cult classic of bad cinema, and for good reason. It's another one of those movies so bad that you can't imagine a film out there being worse than it. To put it short, it is the cinematic equivalent of a car crash.
You've probably heard the story behind this. A fertilizer salesman named Hal Warren met an experienced screenwriter on the set of Route 66, and made a bet that he could easily make a horror film. And so another months of gathering local cast members, shooting and editing, the film premieres. The audience laughs, the crew leaves in embarrassment, and the entire film is forgotten for…
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