"Manos": The Hands of Fate


Release Date 1966-11-05
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"Manos": The Hands of Fate

Manos: The Hands of Fate is a 1966 American horror film written, directed, produced by, and starring Harold P. Warren. It is widely recognized to be one of the worst films ever made. In 1993, the television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show based on the premise of mocking B movies, featured Manos: The Hands of Fate, giving the film cult status. The plot of the film revolves primarily around a vacationing family who lose their way on a road trip. After a long drive in the Texas desert, the family is trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult, and they attempt to escape as the cult's members decide what to do with them. The film is infamous for its technical deficiencies, especially its significant editing and continuity flaws; its soundtrack and visuals not being synchronized; tedious pacing; abysmal acting; and several scenes that are seemingly inexplicable or disconnected from the overall plot, such as a couple making out in a car or The Master's wives breaking out in catfights. Warren was an insurance and fertilizer salesman from El Paso, Texas, who produced the film as a result of a bet. He also starred in it, alongside El Paso theater actors Tom Neyman and John Reynolds. Manos was an independent production by a crew that had little or no background or experience in filmmaking and a very limited budget at their disposal. Upon its theatrical debut, the film was poorly received, playing only at the Capri Theater in El Paso and some drive-ins in West Texas and New Mexico. It remained obscure until its Mystery Science Theater appearance, which sparked two DVD releases.

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Actors & Characters

Tom Neyman Tom Neyman The Master The Master
John Reynolds John Reynolds Torgo Torgo
Diane Mahree Diane Mahree Margaret Margaret
Harold P. Warren Harold P. Warren Michael Michael
Stephanie Nielson Stephanie Nielson Master's Wife Master's Wife
Sherry Proctor Sherry Proctor Master's Wife Master's Wife
Robin Redd Robin Redd Master's Wife Master's Wife
Jackey Neyman Jones Jackey Neyman Jones Debbie Debbie
Bernie Rosenblum Bernie Rosenblum Teenager in Car Teenager in Car
Joyce Molleur Joyce Molleur Teenager in Car Teenager in Car


Robert Guidry Cinematography
Harold P. Warren Director
Ernie Smith Editor
James A. Sullivan Editor
Russ Huddleston Music
Robert Smith Jr. Music
Harold P. Warren Producer
Harold P. Warren Writer