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Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

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.


Harold P. Warren


Harold P. Warren (screenplay)
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In April of 1966 a film called "Manos: The Hands of Fate" was completed. By late April of that same year critics agreed unanimously that this was to be forever regarded as one of the worst ... See full summary »

Directors: Aaron Allard, James Lafleur, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Diane Adelson, Richard Brandt, George Cavender


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Neyman Tom Neyman ... The Master
John Reynolds John Reynolds ... Torgo
Diane Adelson Diane Adelson ... Margaret (as Diane Mahree)
Harold P. Warren Harold P. Warren ... Michael (as Hal Warren)
Stephanie Nielson Stephanie Nielson ... Master's Wife
Sherry Proctor Sherry Proctor ... Master's Wife
Robin Redd Robin Redd ... Master's Wife
Jackey Neyman Jones Jackey Neyman Jones ... Debbie (as Jackey Neyman)
Bernie Rosenblum Bernie Rosenblum ... Teenager in Car
Joyce Molleur Joyce Molleur ... Teenager in Car
William Bryan Jennings William Bryan Jennings ... Cop
Jay Hall Jay Hall ... Girl in Convertible
Bettye Birns Bettye Birns ... Master's Wife
Lelanie Hansard Lelanie Hansard ... Girl in Convertible
Pat Coburn Pat Coburn ... Master's Wife


A family's driving across the country where they stumble across a mysterious house, inhabited by the satyr-man Torgo. When the family decide to stay over at the house, the family's mother is now the object of desire for Torgo and the owner of the house, The Master: a mysterious figure whom dresses in a black robe, decorated with red hands. Written by Johnny

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No one seated the last 10 minutes! We defy you to guess the ending... and ask you not to divulge it! See more »




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Release Date:

15 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fingers of Fate See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$19,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Norm-Iris,Sun City Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.30 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pillars where the Master and his wives sleep are a real location. See more »


Near the end, when the wives fan out to look for Mike and Margaret, a crew member is visible, standing behind a bush (uncut version only, not visible in the MST3K edit). See more »


[first lines]
Margaret: We're almost there, honey. Just a little while longer and your vacation starts.
Debbie: I'm getting cold, mother, and hungry!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version is a few seconds shorter than the original. For example, the film once started with the car (with mom, dad and Debbie) pulling up and stopping BEFORE the dialog starts. There is also a little music that was cut out. The full opening can be seen in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of the film. See more »


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If nothing else, then at least you'll learn that nothing else could ever be this bad...
3 January 2007 | by eoinsmith001See all my reviews

I watched Manos last night.

Oh, I was the cocky one, intrigued by all the attention Manos receives, even though it is, after all, 40 years old. Sure, I thought, it'll be a laugh to investigate the claim that this might be the worst film ever made. Why, if its that bad, there must at least be comedy value in its awfulness? And in consolation, it is only an hour long.

No, the warnings are true and serious, this is bloody terrible.

After twenty minutes, I had stopped sniggering at the unimaginable ineptitude. I only realised that twenty minutes had passed when i flicked on the timer on the DVD; I honestly thought it was closer to forty-five.

After forty minutes I was shifting uncomfortably in my chair and I wanted to cry.

After an hour, I was submerged in despairing, pointless anger. I was angry with everyone involved in the film, angry with my cup of tea, my flat, the world, even God Himself (or Herself).

You will lose faith in humanity watching this film.

Imagine any conceivable measure for any possible aspect of film-making, and Manos still gets zero out of whatever. This "film" fails so utterly in every way, you'll wonder if anyone involved in its creation had ever seen or even heard of films or television. No, more than that, you'll wonder if they'd ever even spent a day on this planet. There isn't one single moment that you forget that these people are standing in front of a camera, ineptly executing one of the most awful scripts ever imagined.

I've never been so insulted by any form of "entertainment". I lost count of the number of times I was beaten over the head with a totally obvious point. I lost count of the number of times completely random stuff just *happened* with no genesis or consequence. I certainly didn't lose count of the number of locations used, or the number of musical cues, you could count those on one hand, after a circular saw accident. It baffled me that they never realised that you can't shoot film at night without some form of lighting. And the music itself... oh God.

I don't need to warn you about spoilers, there's plenty to complain about without resorting to inconsequential detail. Like the way that every time it cuts to the family, they're just standing, for no reason, in the same spot, waiting to talk to the camera. Like the absolutely shocking and disgraceful editing. People jump from awake to asleep and back, from one spot to another, from happy to sad, instantaneously. The awful acting... I don't know, its like everyone was given a piece of paper with some emoticons for happy, sad, scared and angry, and told to learn them off. The dialogue... well, technically it *is* dialogue, in the same way that McDonalds is food. Well, some people might enjoy McDonalds. See, I can't think of a parallel awfulness; "Manos" is to "bad" as... you can't finish that sentence.

Good Lord, I could go on, and on, and on, but I won't. This film cannot warrant anything but a 1/10 on IMDb. I haven't seen any of the other bottom 100 as of today, but i'm willing to bet that they are at least a rough approximation to what we call a "film". This is not.

Seriously, you really, really need to be in a masochistic kinda mood to see this out. I had to leave the screen timer on after 45 minutes just so I could keep reminding myself that, second by second, it *would* end. Because Hell itself might just be never-ending Manos.

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