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Manos: The Hands of Fate

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1966 Wide



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A family vacation to Texas turns into a waking nightmare when they have a deadly run-in with Satanists fond of using human hands as sacrificial offerings. It's as grim as it sounds. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi



Oct 7, 2003

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Often cited as one of the worst films ever.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

not the worst movie ever... kidding

October 23, 2006 | Comments (2)

HILARIOUS! (only on MST-3K, that is...)

September 2, 2005 | Comment (1)
7M Pictures

Horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible.

July 26, 2002 | Comment (1)
Flipside Movie Emporium

Yeah, it's that bad. Try it and see.

July 26, 2002

Just as Citizen Kane is a textbook example of how to make a quality film, Manos: The Hands of Fate is exemplary in showing us, step-by-step, how to make a bad one.

June 27, 2001 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for Manos: The Hands of Fate

Why Ed Wood is the worst director of all time if cinema had Harold Warren creator of one of the worst movies ever (and of me the worst film in the world beside Hobogoblins). Manos an indulgent error and a very funny involuntary comedy.
May 14, 2014
Lucas Martins

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The less said about this film, the better. It's one of the worst films of all time, a reputation it deserves completely. It goes above and beyond to be terrible, a film that can only be watched with world class comedians around to make fun of it. Simply put, it's awful.
August 19, 2012
Jacob Ethington

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This movie has changed my perspective on bad movies forever. This is coming from a guy whose seen 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' and 'The Beast of Yucca Flats'. Plan 9 may be a very ineptly made film but is very entertaining and charming in it's badness. Beast of Yucca Flats was sincerely terrible but it had some surreal qualities to it. 'Manos: The Hands of Fate' is neither entertaining in it's badness nor intriguing in it's ineptitude.

Watching this movie is an endurance test, it is so atrociously made in every sense. Words cannot begin to describe it. There are moments were the cast members literally look at the camera and the editing is sloppy as hell (seriously, it's like Edward Scissorhands did the editing).

The script is literally non-existent and the characters make every single dumb decision that is usually made fun of in horror film parodies. The acting is also extremely poor. These actors are so bad that they make actors like Jean Claude Van Damme look like Orson Welles in comparison. The guy who played Torgo (the film's creepy hotel owner) shivers constantly, almost like he is having a seizure throughout.

The film may be only 74 minutes, but it will feel like a decade was taken out of your life. I am frankly amazed that I got through this film in one go (somebody should probably give me a medal for that). Plus the soundtrack is also terribly boring, with it mostly consisting of elevator-like jazz music.

I have seen plenty of bad movies in my lifetime (Transformers 2, The Cat in the Hat. The Last Airbender, Disaster Movie), but this piece of super-shlock takes the cake as far as awfulness goes. This movie is called one of the worst movies ever made and after watching this awful dreck, I am fully inclined to agree.
August 14, 2012
Christopher Heim

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    1. The Master: There is nothing to fear, Maddam. The Master likes you! Nothing will happen to you! He likes you!
    2. Margaret: Likes me? I thought you said he was dead.
    – Submitted by Seb U (16 months ago)
    1. The Master: I am permanent! Manos has made me permanent!
    – Submitted by Jed G (17 months ago)
    1. The Master: Kill! Kill! Kill!
    – Submitted by Jed G (17 months ago)
    1. The Master: The will of Manos shall be served!
    – Submitted by Jed G (17 months ago)
    1. The Master: Stop! What foolishness is this? Manos must be served!
    – Submitted by Jed G (17 months ago)
    1. The Master: The hands of fate have doomed this man!
    – Submitted by Jed G (17 months ago)
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