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So Bad, They’re Good

Weekly post about movies that are so terrible and yet so fascinating!

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

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A family gets lost on the road and stumbles upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.
The film was written and directed by Hal Warren (who also plays the main character), a fertilizer salesman who, according to legend, made a bet that he would be able to make a highly successful horror movie and keep the tab below $20,000 (we all have to wonder where the money went). The movie was shot silent, and then three people came in afterwards to read all the lines.


The film premiered at the Capri Theater in Warren’s hometown of El Paso, Texas on November 15, 1966 as a benefit for the local cerebral palsy fund. The projection ended with the crowd throwing their shoes toward the screen.
There is too much wrong with this film to list it all out, really there are no words that can describe how bad this movie is: a bizarre and nonsensical plot, low production values, weak editing, terrible sound, and so on… Manos is a train wreck, but a ride not to be missed.

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