[-[[caption-width-right:350: WARNING: [[CoversAlwaysLie May contain less defacing and burning hands than advertised.]] The "No one seated the last ten minutes" part is true, though. They had all left.]]-]

->''"Every frame of this movie looks like someone's last known photograph."''
-->-- '''Joel Hodgson''' for the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version

''"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]].

For more laughs at the film's expense, check out Website/TheAgonyBooth's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/_Manos__The_Hands_of_Fate_1966.aspx recap]] or I-Mockery's [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/manos/ review.]] ''Manos'' also spawned three major fan works: a [[http://rpgmaker.net/games/2607/ computer game adaptation]] of the film, a [[http://acidocinza.wordpress.com/manos-the-revenge-of-torgo/ crossover]] with ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'', and a {{Retraux}} [[http://freakzonegames.tumblr.com/ NES platformer.]]

Thanks to its popularity post-''[=MST3K=]'', ''Manos'' spawned a 2007 musical (''Manos: Rock Opera of Fate'', performed in Chicago) and a 2004 documentary (''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0422433/ Hotel Torgo]]''). Podcast/RiffTrax performed a live riffing of the film in August 2012, [[http://www.rifftrax.com/vod/rifftrax-live-manos-hands-fate which you can purchase as a VOD.]]

In 2011, film buff Ben Solovey bought a host of old film reels hailing from distributor Emerson Films via an [=eBay=] auction, partially because he saw ''Manos'' listed on the collection of reels. That ''Manos''' reel ended up surprising Solovey when he received it, because [[http://manosinhd.com he'd actually bought the film's original 16mm workprint.]] Solovey established a Website/{{Kickstarter}} [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1325482813/manos-the-restoration campaign]] to help fund a complete [[UsefulNotes/BluRay high-definition]] restoration of the movie from the pristine-condition workprint; by the campaign's end, Solovey raised almost 400% more than the initial goal. A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uae58589aec side-by-side comparison]] of the restoration illustrates the dramatic difference between the restored version helmed by Solovey and the currently-available DVD release (created from third-generation sources and degraded beyond repair). A [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/10/31/manos-the-hands-of-fate-inspires-devotion-copyright-battle/ legal battle between Solovey and Harold's son Joe]] held up the process, in which it was revealed that Hal [[EpicFail never secured the copyright to the film itself]]. Ultimately, the restored film was released on October 15, 2015 [[http://synapse-films.com/synapse-films/manos-the-hands-of-fate-special-edition-blu-ray/ thanks to Synapse films.]]

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

In 2016, Spectrum Games (of ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'' fame) celebrated ''Manos''' 50th anniversary with ''[[http://www.spectrum-games.com/home/october-30th-2016 Manos: The Cards of Fate]]'', a card game based on the film. The game is endorsed by Jackey Neyman Jones, who played Debbie in the original movie.

!! ''Manos: The Hands of Fate'' contains Master-approved examples of the following tropes:
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: [=ToRgO dOeS tHiS, nAtUrAlLy.=]
* AllThereInTheScript: In Warren's screenplay the couple making out in the car are named Sally and George, while the defiant head wife of The Master is Lenore.
* AmateurCast: None of the cast had ever acted on film before. Most of the main players (including Harold P. Warren himself) were community theater veterans. The wives were recruited from a local modeling agency.
* AndIMustScream: With a healthy dollop of {{Squick}}:
-->'''The Master:''' ''(to Torgo)'' I know of your visits to the tomb... The women have told me. They may not be able say anything, or move when you're there... but they remember everything you say to them... everything you ''do'' to them.
* AngryGuardDog: The one that later eats Peppy is one of these.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: Peppy
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: This was presumably behind the naming of the cult's god; the Spanish word for "hands" is "manos".
* AssholeVictim: Mike, in spades. EVERYTHING that happens to his family is because he wouldn't accept he'd gone the wrong way.
* 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.
* BigBad: The Master.
* 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''.
* BodyMotifs: Hands, of course.
* BrokenRecord: Torgo in particular, but everybody falls under this trope. But, really, Torgo in particular.
* BumblingDad: Mike
* CampbellCountry: Warren's script seems to be an attempt at a vaguely [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] story set in the desert outside El Paso, but, like his filmmaking and acting, the execution was a bit inept.
* TheCastShowOff: Tom Neyman was an artist; the proof is in The Master's portrait, which he painted.
* CatchPhrase: "[=ThE mAsTeR wOuLd NoT aPpRoVe=]."
* {{Catfight}}: After the wives try to decide on what to do about Debbie, they get into one of these, which was presumably intended as a form of {{Fanservice}}.
* 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").
* ChestInsignia: The Master has a black robe with a big pair of red hands on it. It's an interesting effect, since it's not obvious they're hands until he spreads his arms out, but it gets old quick.
-->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow]]:''' Oh, I wish those hands would just ''push him over''.
* ClosedCircle: The characters are unable to leave, because Mike is lost, his car won't start, and his family wouldn't be up for a long overland hike even if they did know where they were going.
* {{Corpsing}}: Almost literally! One of the comatose wives can be seen smirking at Torgo's antics in the HD version.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster claims that the cult of "weird, horrible people" (which seems to consist of only the Master and Torgo) gathers beautiful woman and then defaces them with a burning hand. While they do gather beautiful women, they don't deface them with anything. They just make them stand out in the desert against pillars while wearing nightgowns.
* CrustyCaretaker: Torgo is one of these. [[spoiler:Mike presumably takes his place in the ending.]]
* {{Cult}}: Finally, a cult movie that is a cult movie!
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** The title itself; "manos" is Spanish for "hands", translating to ''"Hands": The Hands of Fate''.
** Torgo's frequently repeated line about how the Master would not approve of '''anything''' counts, too.
** '''Torgo:''' There is no way out of here. It'll be dark soon. There is no way out of here.
** One character even appears to ''[[ImmediateSelfContradiction contradict herself]]'' with this redundancy! The following quote is, more or less, one sentence thanks to the actress' poor attempt at dubbing two separate voices.
--->'''Bride Of Manos''': The woman is all we want. The others must die. They ALL must die. We do not even want the woman.
* DoesNotLikeShoes:
** The Master's wives are all barefoot.
** Although it's rarely visible, Torgo has cloven hooves instead of feet, so he wears no shoes.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Not only does the Master end up [[KarmaHoudini getting away with his crimes]], but he manages to get Margaret and Debbie to become his wives and places Mike under his control]].
* DullSurprise: Mike, Margaret, Debbie and some of the wives all practice this trope at times.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: The Master and some of his wives fall under this trope.
* TheEndOrIsIt: "THE END?"
* EvilLaugh: The Master is an altogether cheery guy.
* FanserviceFauxFight: The only reason for the nightgown-clad Wives of Manos wrestling-fight scene (to jazz music) seems to be fan service. It has nothing to do with anything else in the movie.
* 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.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Played straight with the Master, who wears black and red. Averted with the wives, who all wear white regardless of their morality.
* TheGhost: Manos is never seen. He is simply invoked by the Master and the wives.
* GratuitousSpanish: "Manos", of course.
* HeelFaceTurn: Torgo, though he really shouldn't have informed the Master of his intentions.
* HeldGaze: Characters stare blankly at each other for long periods, to the point of {{Padding}}.
* HellHotel: The family try to stay the night at the Master's home, treating it like a hotel, which goes poorly for them.
* {{Hellhound}}: Well, the dog is '''supposed''' to be one. While he barks up quite a storm off-screen, he's very docile on-screen.
* HereWeGoAgain: The movie starts with Mike and Margaret and their daughter Debbie arriving at a dilapidated motel, where they encounter an odd man who greets them saying "[[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle I aM TORgo. I Take CARe oF THe pLaCE whILE the MASTer is awAY]]." At the end, [[spoiler:another couple arrives, but they're greeted by Mike who says, "I am Michael. I take care of the place while the master is away."]]
* HongKongDub: ''All'' of the voices in the film were performed by five actors (four males and one female), as the film was shot entirely without sound and the dialogue was added in post-production. For some reason, they still used a clapboard (which is visible in a few shots). The little girl who played Debbie allegedly cried when she heard how she sounded in the movie.
* 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.
** In the end, Margaret declares that she's not up to fleeing cross-country through the desert, and that they need to stop to rest. Where does Michael take his family to rest? ''The very house they're trying to get away from''.
* 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.
* ImmuneToBullets: It seems guns are on the list of devices the Master does not approve of, given that bullets evidently don't harm him, or seem to hit him at all.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mike is an unbelievably callous guest.
** Mike shows up at a place that, despite being called "Valley Lodge", looks like a crappy shack in the middle of the desert. There is no real indication that this is even a place that accepts guests, but Mike immediately starts insisting that Torgo carry his bags and gives them a place to stay. All Torgo did was wander out to see who was outside. For all we know at this point in the film, this could just be Torgo's home, and Mike forced him to put him and his family up against his will. Who does that???
* LaughablyEvil: All of the villains fall under this trope.
* LargeHam: Tom Neyman ''tries'' to be this while playing The Master, but whoever dubs over him doesn't have the voice to pull it off right.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Technically averted. Several scenes drag on to the point of distraction, but almost no single shot is longer than thirty-two seconds, due to the technical limitations of the camera Warren used. Only a few shots were able to last longer due to technical adjustments.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The "haunting" Torgo theme serves as this for Torgo (of course).
* LoopingLines: The movie was shot using a silent camera, so Warren and several actors dubbed everyone's lines.
* LovableSexManiac: Torgo again. He's the only character with any personality, really.
* MakeOutKids: A couple who falls under this trope is in the film for absolutely no reason (the actress broke her leg and couldn't play her original role as one of the Master's wives, and the go-nowhere subplot was an excuse to keep her employed).
* MakeOutPoint: Two teens make out in a convertible beside the road to the Master's house through the whole movie.
* TheMaster: As you might expect, the Master is the master of the house and his cult.
* MonochromeCasting: The cast is all white despite being filmed (and presumably set) in El Paso, a majority-Hispanic community.
* NeutralFemale: Margaret, mostly, but she does take action when she slaps Torgo after being harassed by him.
* NiceHat: Torgo wears a rustic hat throughout the film.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Torgo. He's supposed to be a satyr (a man-goat hybrid from Myth/GreekMythology), but he doesn't look it.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Least we think they're vampires, or at least something like them considering the bad guy is called "The Master", considered undead and has "wives" which are traits from vampire stories.
* PedophilePriest: The Master is a cult leader who takes a six-year-old girl as one of his many brides.
* PlayingGertrude: Diane Mahree (Margaret) was 19 years old when they filmed this movie, and is only 13 years older than her on-screen daughter Jackey Neyman (who was 6 years old when she played Debbie).
* PoliceAreUseless: Most of the local deputies' time is spent bothering a couple who can't keep their lips off of each other. They show up again after Mike fires the gun, get out and walk in front of their car, then turn around and leave. (Warren and his crew didn't have enough lighting for a pan scene.)
* PornStache: The Master has one of these.
* RedRightHand: Torgo was supposed to be evocative of a satyr by having goat-legs and a bleating voice. It didn't pan out too well in execution.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Master's robes.
* 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.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: The happy jazz music playing at the beginning and end, and ''especially'' the song played over the credits, would be far more appropriate for a GlamorousWartimeSinger.
* 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.
* SupernaturalProofFather: Mike is simply unable to accept the danger they're in and ignores his wife's pleas to leave.
* SycophanticServant: Torgo
* ThisAndThat: The song that plays on the soundtrack when we first see the couple in the car is called "Baby, Do a Thing [[IntercourseWithYou With Me]]".
* ThoseTwoGuys: "The Make-Out Couple" and the two sheriffs have no relevance to the rest of the film. The couple was used because the actress broke her leg early in production; she was intended to be one of the wives, so they worked her into her own, pointless subplot.
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Manos'''! God of primal darkness! As thou hast decreed, so have I done. '''The hands of fate''' have doomed this man. Thy will is done!
* TooDumbToLive:
** Mike insists on staying at the house despite the protests of the mysterious satyr man who calls his boss "the Master"; after things go predictably wrong, he suggests they go ''back'' to hide from them while they're all looking.
** Margaret clearly notices everything that's going wrong but does nothing about it, relying on Mike to do everything for her.
* TopWife: The Master has many wives- the oldest refers to herself as "the First Wife" and seems to be in charge, although she worries that the Master is getting tired of her.
* TheUnintelligible: Debbie, unintentionally.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: No one really balks an eye at Torgo, despite the fact he's either quite deformed or an actual satyr.
* VerbalTic: [=ToRgO (pause) TAlks (pause) LIkes thIS.=]
* VocalDissonance: Debbie was a little girl dubbed over by an adult woman trying to sound like a little girl. Jackey Neyman said she cried when she heard how awful her dubbed voiced sounded.
* 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.
* WifeHusbandry: "The child is a female! She must not be destroyed. She will grow up to be a woman!"
* WouldntHurtAChild: Half of The Master's wives refuse to kill a child.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The Master's rants fall into this trope.
* 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, although he loses his hand.]]
->'''THE END?'''