bad movie of all time. I thought I’ve seen some bad movies, but boy was I wrong… so wrong I regret I ever complained about other movies I thought were bad. Manos: The Hands of Fate takes the prize, simply because even standard bad movies are at least made with some professional skill. Manos: The Hands of Fate lacks film-making basics… like how to hold a camera or how to edit footage. It’s so bad it’s bizarre. Manos… The Hands of Fate definitely lives up to its notorious reputation.
For those of you who haven’t experienced the joy of Manos, it is a phenomenon. It was so bad that during the 1966 premiere screening the cast and crew had to secretly leave the theater before the angry audience’s negative reactions got out of hand. It was completely forgotten (for the sake of civilization’s sanity) until Mystery Science Theater 3000 mocked it. Personally, I don’t know how anyone can even utter a coherent sentence during the viewing of this “movie,” because the viewer would be too dumbfounded by its ineptitude and complete lack of professional quality in every aspect of film production. So I applaud MST3K for being able to riff this … movie… because I surely wouldn’t know what to say. That or I would have left the room and become homicidal.
For MST3K’s version of Manos The Hands of Fate: (There are a few segments in the show you have to skip before MST3K starts getting into Manos):
For those who are of strong constitution, go ahead and watch the movie without the MST3K version. Here’s the untainted version of Manos, the masterpiece of badness:
That all said, I’m a huge fan of Manos. 8)