Movie Review: Manos: The Hands of Fate


Yes, Manos. Don’t judge me, for The Master would not approve.

Before we get our hands of fate dirty, let me say this. I like B movies. True, anyone can watch the MST3K version but try watching it without Joel and the bots. I have and it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. Seriously. Sure, you can watch the film and say it was a horrible experience but you can’t stop there. There are more stories to be told, though Wikipedia will do most of the explaining for you.

A family goes out of their way to stay at a lodge run by Torgo. He takes care of the place while The Master is away; he makes a habit of repeating facts twice; he takes care of the place while The Master is away. Bad things happen as The Master calls upon Manos for a sacrifice (I think). But it doesn’t really end. Or does it?

Sure there are parts that aren’t really explained like the couple in the car. Story goes that one of the actresses broke her foot and that in order to keep her in the movie, the director put her in the car. Or how it’s the middle of the afternoon but “…it’s getting dark out.” The actors had day jobs. There’s more to the lore but that’s the other side of Manos that most people tend to forget.

There will be a Blu-ray restoration for this film that should be out soon. I’m really interested to see how this turns out and may end up buying a copy. Also, there’s an app for that, a sidescroller where you can shoot Torgo in the first level as his theme plays. Need I say more?

Is Manos really that bad? No, not really. It’s not the worst movie I’ve seen. You’ll survive, but if you want to really watch it go without the MST3K treatment.



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