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Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

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The movie was made as a result of a fertilizer salesman betting he could make a movie without any experience or knowledge of the movie industry. There was no stipulation that it had to be a good movie.

"The master would not be pleased"

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I want to bump this because while this movie might be the most poorly conceived film ever made. Almost the entire audio seems like it's spoken by other people than the cast, there is constant 70s porno music playing, and at 75 minutes, this film barely counts as a movie. Also it's now on Amazon Prime so now would be the perfect time for people to watch it.

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Also it's now on Amazon Prime so now would be the perfect time for people to watch it.

 

With MST3K coming back seems relevant to post since the full episode is on Youtube https://youtu.be/Pbzkn4Wce-A

 

I had the MST3K DVD which has the film by itself as well and it is a tough watch without their treatment, borderline unwatchable and not in a fun way.

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I had the MST3K DVD which has the film by itself as well and it is a tough watch without their treatment, borderline unwatchable and not in a fun way.

Not hard to imagine considering the movie was made because of a bet and written that instant on a cocktail napkin.

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Even the title is terrible.

 

https://en.wikipedia...e_Hands_of_Fate

 

While on a road trip near El Paso, Texas, Michael, Margaret, their young daughter Debbie, and their dog, Peppy, search for the "Valley Lodge". Michael and his family finally reach a house which is tended by the bizarre,satyr-like Torgo, who takes care of the house "while the Master is away". Michael and Margaret ask Torgo for directions to the Valley Lodge; Torgo denies having knowledge of such a place. With this information, Michael asks Torgo to let him and his family stay the night, despite objections from both Torgo and Margaret.

 

Inside the home, the family sees a disturbing painting of a dark, malevolent-looking man and a black dog with glowing eyes; the man it depicts is the Master. Margaret becomes frightened upon hearing an ominous howl; Michael investigates, retrieving a flashlight and revolver from his car, and later finds Peppy lying dead on the ground. Torgo reveals his attraction to Margaret and tells her that, although she is doomed to become yet another bride of The Master, he intends to keep her for himself. Margaret threatens to tell Michael of Torgo's advances, but Torgo convinces her not to say anything to her husband by promising to protect her. Michael returns, unable to start the car. With the revelation that there is no phone in the house, the family reluctantly decides to stay the night.

 

Michael and Margaret stumble upon "The Master" and several women dressed in translucent nightgowns and later revealed to be his wives. They are all asleep. Torgo uses a stick to knock out Michael, and then ties Michael to a pole, after dragging him to it, and The Master suddenly comes to life. His wives also awaken, and a short argument over the fate of the family ensues. The Master decides he must sacrifice Torgo and his first wife to the film's mysterious deity and namesake, "Manos." When The Master leaves, his wives engage in further argument that soon degenerates into a fight, and the women wrestle in the sand.

 

Torgo succumbs to what appears to be a hypnotic spell by The Master. The Master stops the fight, and has his first wife tied to a pole to be sacrificed. Torgo is laid on a stone bed, where he is attacked by The Master's other wives, but this in itself does not prove fatal. Evoking some mysterious power, The Master severs and horribly burns Torgo's left hand. Torgo runs off into the darkness, waving the burning stump that remains. The Master laughs maniacally and goes to look for the family and subsequently sacrifices his first wife.

 

The family runs off into the desert. When a rattlesnake appears in front of them, Michael shoots it, attracting the attention of nearby deputies. Margaret and Michael are later convinced to return to the Master's house, where the Master welcomes them. Michael fires several shots into The Master's face at point-blank range, but they have no effect. The screen fades to black, likely indicating that The Master has again applied his hypnotic power.

 

An undisclosed amount of time later, an entranced Michael greets two new lost travelers. Margaret and Debbie have become wives of The Master. The film concludes with Michael echoing Torgo's line of "I take care of the place while the Master is away." The production credits are superimposed over past scenes from the film with the words: "The End?"

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I want to bump this because while this movie might be the most poorly conceived film ever made. Almost the entire audio seems like it's spoken by other people than the cast, there is constant 70s porno music playing, and at 75 minutes, this film barely counts as a movie. Also it's now on Amazon Prime so now would be the perfect time for people to watch it.

 

I had no idea it's on Prime. Thanks for the heads up!

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I'm glad you guys are on board. Do the hosts seem to take forum recommendations? I mean, if so, this should be a layup. Just look at the title. If you translate the one Spanish word to English, the titles is "Hands: The Hands of Fate". Fish in a barrel, HDTGM. Fish in a barrel.12550_1.jpg

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If they do this one, it feels like THIS is the episode to do with some MST3k alums like Joel, Mike, Kevin, Frank, Mary Jo (apparently the first episode she worked on and it immediately made her consider she made a big mistake) or Trace.

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I can see on Google that they were recently working on a tongue-in-cheek sequel, but the only info I can get about it is that it was set to premiere this past Friday. Nothing on how it went.

 

Also, I can't understand why HDTGM hasn't done this movie yet. Would also be a great way for the producers to plug any broader release planned, DVD or otherwise.

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Confession:

 

I still haven't seen this movie from start to finish. It's such a short movie, too, but after about 40 or so minutes I start nodding off.

 

Kudos to whoever uploading the whole movie to its Wikipedia entry!

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