History Film / ManostheHandsofFate

23rd Mar '17 7:47:12 PM Bissek
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* IdiotBall: Torgo didn't want to let the couple stay at the house, and Margaret didn't want to stay there. If Mike had listened to either of them, the movie would not have happened.
27th Feb '17 12:59:11 PM Gemser
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* TheIgor: Torgo was originally planned to be called Igor.

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* TheIgor: Torgo is the Masters servant, does all the work for him, takes care of the arriving family, has a strange way of speaking and has super-enlarged knees. He was originally even planned to be called Igor.
27th Feb '17 12:55:01 PM Gemser
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/Troll2'' has a remarkably similar mix of {{narm}}y 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.
27th Feb '17 12:52:59 PM Gemser
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* SpringtimeForHitler: Harold P. Warren saw ''Manos'' as a cheap, sensationalistic B-movie that could earn him enough money and notoriety to make more reputable films. And like [[Film/TheProducers Max Bialystock]], he sold far more than 100% of the shares to investors.
27th Feb '17 12:50:43 PM Gemser
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* NegativeContinuity: This is done, unintentionally, from scene to scene.
27th Feb '17 12:49:24 PM Gemser
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* MadnessMantra: Torgo's speech pattern can be interpreted as this.
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.
times.
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.









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