History Film / ManosTheHandsofFate

18th Feb '17 9:48:05 AM WildeOscar
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* DullSurprise: Mike, Margaret, and some of the wives all practice this trope at times.
* EarWorm: The haunting Torgo theme.

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* DullSurprise: Mike, Margaret, Debbie and some of the wives all practice this trope at times.
* EarWorm: The haunting Torgo theme.
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18th Feb '17 9:46:51 AM WildeOscar
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* EarWorm: The haunting Torgo theme.
29th Jan '17 5:44:23 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* AssholeVictim: Mike, in spades. EVERYTHING that happens to his family is because he wouldn't accept he'd gone the wrong way.
10th Jan '17 1:42:27 PM MCanter89
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''"Manos": The Hands of Fate'' is a 1966 American low budget horror film written, directed, produced by, and starring Harold P. Warren. It is widely recognized to be [[WorstWhateverEver one of the worst films ever made]].

Mike and Margaret, along with their daughter Debbie and the family dog, find themselves lost on the way to Valley Lodge during their family vacation. As night begins to fall, they decide to spend the night in a [[HauntedCastle strange-looking house]] on the side of the road. Torgo, the house's caretaker, greets them upon their arrival. Torgo [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle sPeAkS wItH aN oDd EmPhAsIs]], has extremely bulgy legs (a failed attempt by the filmmaker at making Torgo a satyr), and continuously refers to "The Master" -- the undead leader of a cult dedicated to a dark god known only as Manos. The Master, Torgo, and The Master's conclave of wives want to kill the intruders, but can't come to an agreement as to who to kill: Torgo wants to keep Margaret alive as his wife, The Master wants to keep Margaret alive as ''his'' (seventh) wife, and the wives want to kill both Margaret and Mike (but refuse to kill Debbie, which leads to them fighting amongst themselves). As the night continues, Mike and his family find themselves in great danger -- and they eventually come face-to-face with The Master himself...

Texas native Hal P. Warren (who would become a fertilizer salesman later in life) pulled triple duty by writing, directing, and starring in ''Manos''. Warren wanted to win a bet with Stirling Silliphant (screenwriter of ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and a genuinely talented fellow) by making a successful horror movie on a shoestring budget. Without any previous movie-making experience, Warren soon found himself in over his head -- but he decided to press on with a bare-bones Bell & Howell camera, a lack of remote sound equipment, and a cast composed mainly of non-actors and local extras. The finished film provoked laughs instead of chills at its first screening in Warren's hometown of El Paso; Warren himself (demonstrating eerie prescience) suggested after the screening that someone could GagDub the film and re-release it [[ParodyRetcon as a comedy]].

The film languished in obscurity for thirty years until the producers of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' discovered it;[[note]]If you need any proof, view the entry for ''Manos'' in The Video Watchdog in 1992 then in 1993 - from two sentence description to a loving long entry discussing its cheesiness and appearance on ''[=MST3K=]''[[/note]] the ''[=MST3K=]'' episode that featured the film proved Warren's suggestion right -- and became one of the show's most famous (and beloved) episodes. For tropes related to the ''[=MST3K=]'' episode itself, please visit [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate its Recap page]].

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''"Manos": The Hands of Fate'' is a 1966 American low budget low-budget horror film written, directed, produced by, and starring Harold P. Warren. It is widely recognized to be [[WorstWhateverEver one of the worst films ever made]].

Mike and Margaret, along with their daughter Debbie and the family dog, find themselves lost on the way to Valley Lodge during their family vacation. As night begins to fall, they decide to spend the night in a [[HauntedCastle strange-looking house]] on the side of the road. Torgo, the house's caretaker, greets them upon their arrival. Torgo [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle sPeAkS wItH aN oDd EmPhAsIs]], has extremely bulgy legs (a failed attempt by the filmmaker at making Torgo a satyr), and continuously refers to "The Master" -- the Master"--the undead leader of a cult dedicated to a dark god known only as Manos. The Master, Torgo, and The Master's conclave of wives want to kill the intruders, but can't come to an agreement as to who to kill: Torgo wants to keep Margaret alive as his wife, The Master wants to keep Margaret alive as ''his'' (seventh) wife, and the wives want to kill both Margaret and Mike (but refuse to kill Debbie, which leads to them fighting amongst themselves). As the night continues, Mike and his family find themselves in great danger -- and danger--and they eventually come face-to-face with The Master himself...

Texas native Hal P. Warren (who would become a fertilizer salesman later in life) pulled triple duty by writing, directing, and starring in ''Manos''. Warren wanted to win a bet with Stirling Silliphant (screenwriter of ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and a genuinely talented fellow) by making a successful horror movie on a shoestring budget. Without any previous movie-making experience, Warren soon found himself in over his head -- but head--but he decided to press on with a bare-bones Bell & Howell camera, a lack of remote sound equipment, and a cast composed mainly of non-actors and local extras. The finished film provoked laughs instead of chills at its first screening in Warren's hometown of El Paso; Warren himself (demonstrating eerie prescience) suggested after the screening that someone could GagDub the film and re-release it [[ParodyRetcon as a comedy]].

The film languished in obscurity for thirty years until the producers of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' discovered it;[[note]]If you need any proof, view the entry for ''Manos'' in The Video Watchdog in 1992 1992, then in 1993 - from two sentence 1993--from two-sentence description to a loving long entry discussing its cheesiness and appearance on ''[=MST3K=]''[[/note]] the ''[=MST3K=]'' episode that featured the film proved Warren's suggestion right -- and right--and became one of the show's most famous (and beloved) episodes. For tropes related to the ''[=MST3K=]'' episode itself, please visit [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate its Recap page]].



A sequel, ''Manos: the Search for Valley Lodge'' [[http://fangoria.com/index.php/moviestv/fearful-features/6302-manos-returns-exclusive-photos-video-etc was reportedly in production]] sometime in 2013 until they ran out of money; the crew supposedly filmed in El Paso and used ''much of the original cast''. Production started again in [[http://www.mst3kinfo.com/?p=23337 2016]]

In 2014 three of the main characters from the film, '''MIKE, TORGO and THE MASTER''' formed a ROCK BAND called '''MANOS: The Band of Fate'''. They put out 4 albums of music... all about themselves! http://www.[=ManosBand=].info

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A sequel, ''Manos: the Search for Valley Lodge'' Lodge'', [[http://fangoria.com/index.php/moviestv/fearful-features/6302-manos-returns-exclusive-photos-video-etc was reportedly in production]] sometime in 2013 until they ran out of money; the crew supposedly filmed in El Paso and used ''much of the original cast''. Production started again in [[http://www.mst3kinfo.com/?p=23337 2016]]

In 2014 2014, three of the main characters from the film, '''MIKE, TORGO and THE MASTER''' formed a ROCK BAND called '''MANOS: The Band of Fate'''. They put out 4 albums of music... all about themselves! http://www.[=ManosBand=].info






* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The Master gets the two protagonists, their daughter -- [[AndYourLittleDogToo and their little dog too]].]]
* BattleHarem: The Master has a harem of wives who are ready to fight for him -- and fight each other.

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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The Master gets the two protagonists, their daughter -- [[AndYourLittleDogToo daughter--[[AndYourLittleDogToo and their little dog too]].]]
* BattleHarem: The Master has a harem of wives who are ready to fight for him -- and him--and fight each other.



* BilingualBonus: "Manos" is Spanish for "hands", which means the movie's title literally translates to ''Hands: The Hands of Fate'' -- or, perhaps, ''Hands: Las Manos del Destino''.

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* BilingualBonus: "Manos" is Spanish for "hands", which means the movie's title literally translates to ''Hands: The Hands of Fate'' -- or, Fate''--or, perhaps, ''Hands: Las Manos del Destino''.



---> '''Bride Of Manos''': The woman is all we want. The others must die. They ALL must die. We do not even want the woman.

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---> '''Bride --->'''Bride Of Manos''': The woman is all we want. The others must die. They ALL must die. We do not even want the woman.



* SceneryPorn: This is attempted with the opening sequence, but bits of footage are repeated and, unfortunately, the El Paso countryside -- while not unpleasant -- isn't exactly a ''paragon'' of unparalleled natural beauty. (The muddy 16mm-to-35mm film transfer didn't help, either.)
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The film ends with Margaret and Debbie in suspended animation in the desert. Two young college girls arrive at the house and are greeted by the new caretaker, Mike. Torgo might be dead, but his death was never shown onscreen.]]

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* SceneryPorn: This is attempted with the opening sequence, but bits of footage are repeated and, unfortunately, the El Paso countryside -- while countryside--while not unpleasant -- isn't unpleasant--isn't exactly a ''paragon'' of unparalleled natural beauty. (The muddy 16mm-to-35mm film transfer didn't help, either.)
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The film ends with Margaret and Debbie in suspended animation in the desert. Two young college girls arrive at the house and are greeted by the new caretaker, Mike. Torgo might be dead, but his death was never shown onscreen.]]



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/Troll2'' has a remarkably similar mix of [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] horror, amateurish filmmaking and community theater-caliber acting. Not only that, both films have an early scene where a family (headed by a BumblingDad named Michael) sings "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" while driving out to the country.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/Troll2'' has a remarkably similar mix of [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] {{narm}}y horror, amateurish filmmaking filmmaking, and community theater-caliber theater–caliber acting. Not only that, both films have an early scene where a family (headed by a BumblingDad named Michael) sings "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" while driving out to the country.



* StillWearingTheOldColors: Torgo's costume is supposed to look like a Confederate uniform to suggest this trope, but it doesn't work (even in the restored version) since it's just a grey hat and blazer over a tan union suit.

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* StillWearingTheOldColors: Torgo's costume is supposed to look like a Confederate uniform to suggest this trope, but it doesn't work (even in the restored version) version), since it's just a grey hat and blazer over a tan union suit.









27th Dec '16 6:16:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse[=/=]WhatCouldHaveBeen: It's ambiguous whether or not Torgo survives; Warren intentionally left his fate ambiguous, as he planned to film a sequel (which was never produced) starring Torgo. The tragic death of the actor who played Torgo made that impossible.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse[=/=]WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's ambiguous whether or not Torgo survives; Warren intentionally left his fate ambiguous, as he planned to film a sequel (which was never produced) starring Torgo. The tragic death of the actor who played Torgo made that impossible.
27th Dec '16 6:10:03 PM MarcusImpudite
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse[=/=]WhatCouldHaveBeen: It's ambiguous whether or not Torgo survives; Warren intentionally left his fate ambiguous, as he planned to film a sequel (which was never produced) starring Torgo.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse[=/=]WhatCouldHaveBeen: It's ambiguous whether or not Torgo survives; Warren intentionally left his fate ambiguous, as he planned to film a sequel (which was never produced) starring Torgo. The tragic death of the actor who played Torgo made that impossible.
13th Dec '16 12:28:49 PM Raygunguy
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* CentralTheme: Hands. The title translates to ''"Hands": The Hands of Fate.'' The Master has hands represented on his robes. Torgo's staff is topped with a hand. There's a lot of focus on Torgo's hands as he awkwardly tries to grasp and paw at various women throughout the film. One of his hands is taken as punishment for his transgressions.

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* CentralTheme: Hands. The title translates to ''"Hands": The Hands of Fate.'' The Master has hands represented on his robes. Torgo's staff is topped with a hand. There's a lot of focus on Torgo's hands as he awkwardly tries to grasp and paw at various women throughout the film. One of his hands is taken as punishment for his transgressions. The Master and his wives worship a god named "Manos" (which as mentioned elsewhere is Spanish for "Hands").
13th Dec '16 12:05:45 PM Raygunguy
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* GoodColorsEvilColors: Played straight with the Master, who wears black and red. Averted with the wives, who all wear white regardless of their morality.
13th Dec '16 12:03:25 PM Raygunguy
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* GodIsEvil: Implied. The Master claims Manos is the "[[DarkIsEvil god of primal darkness]]". In addition, the Master and wives justify their actions (including murder) by claiming Manos would approve.
* TheGhost: Manos is never seen. He is simply invoked by the Master and the wives.
24th Nov '16 6:09:28 PM MarkLungo
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse / WhatCouldHaveBeen: It's ambiguous whether or not Torgo survives; Warren intentionally left his fate ambiguous, as he planned to film a sequel (which was never produced) starring Torgo.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse / WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatHappenedToTheMouse[=/=]WhatCouldHaveBeen: It's ambiguous whether or not Torgo survives; Warren intentionally left his fate ambiguous, as he planned to film a sequel (which was never produced) starring Torgo.



* YouHaveFailedMe: When the Master catches Torgo getting grabby with his brides once too many times, he prepares to sacrifice Torgo to Manos. [[spoiler:This doesn't pan out, as Torgo survives losing his hand.]]

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* YouHaveFailedMe: When the Master catches Torgo getting grabby with his brides once too many times, he prepares to sacrifice Torgo to Manos. [[spoiler:This doesn't pan out, as Torgo survives losing survives, although he loses his hand.]]



->'''THE END?'''

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->'''THE END?'''END?'''

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