Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Friday Night Tweet-a-Long: Manos Returns (2016)

God help us, we're going back for more.

  • Movie: Manos Returns
  • Day:  Friday May 8th
  • Time:  8:30 Central
  • Place to watch:  Streaming on Amazon Prime
  • hashtag:  #manosdos

Start at:  00:00:08 - you'll see a lady with blonde hair and her eyes closed.  Just pause there.  We'll say "GO" with the #manosdos hashtag when we're all set.

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) is widely considered one of the worst films of all time.

Accordingly, I have seen Manos at least six times - at least once as part of an Elvira episode, along with Mystery Science Theater 3000, live broadcast with RiffTrax and at least once just by itself.

It's the kind of bad that leaves you feeling queasy and weird at the end of the movie, like you just listened to a madman rant for 90 minutes or accidentally drank some laudanum and are just coming back around.

I'm not a Masters-Level viewer of bad cinema, but I get around.  This movie, Monster a Go-Go, Birdemic and a handful of others were so bad, so inept in every facet of their production that they take on a quality of surreal outsider art.  There's no accounting for what went so incredibly wrong, but you have to admire that someone finished the thing and then said "yeah, the world needs to see this."

If you haven't seen Manos: The Hands of Fate and you've never heard of it, you move in better circles than I do, I guess.  If you haven't seen it and *have* heard of it - well, you're a goddamn coward.

I had planned to never rewatch Manos: The Hands of Fate in this lifetime or any other, and God willing, I will never sit down and re-watch the movie.


In the mid-2010's, some intrepid film fans decided Manos could and would not rest easy.

This Friday, we're watching the sequel.  I know nothing about it.  Here's to embracing the lovecraftian madness waiting on the other side.                               

I'd tell you that you need to watch the original, but (a) if you haven;t by now, you won't, (b) I doubt it's useful and (c) I can only punish you people so much.

Here's the original trailer, anyway

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