Reviews: Manos The Hands Of Fate

It's A Bad Movie from the 60s. What Else Is New?

I, like everyone else, discovered this movie through Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was one of the first episodes of that show I ever watched, and I became a fan instantly. I am embarrassed to say that I own a DVD copy of this movie. And have watched it. Twice.

Family goes on vacation. They go to a shady hotel. Man with a funny walk and a speech impediment reluctantly welcomes them in against his master's wishes. Master is a polygamist cult leader. Funny walk/weird speech man gets killed. Dad of the family becomes new caretaker. Mom and little girl becomes wives. There, I just saved you two long, boring, painful, corny hours. Oh, and there's a couple in a car that are always necking, but they serve no real purpose to the plot. That's about it.

This movie isn't even fun to make fun of anymore. It's just another bad movie that was forgotten by Father Time and resurrected by some nerds who riffed movies. While they made the film easier to watch, and they gave a good crack at it, this movie still is a chore. The Room is actually enjoyable, and with or without riffing, is a good drunken movie night choice. The only people who even care about Manos are people that don't have anything better to do than obsess over terrible movies that about ten people have seen.

So there, don't waste your time with this movie. Don't even waste your time trying to find fun in tearing apart this movie.