"Manos," the Hands of Fate (1966)
The Lodge of Sins

Nomination Year: 1994
SYNOPSIS:  Known to MST3K fans as one of the worst movies of all time (and who are we to argue), this interminable little "gem" is the story of a family who takes a very wrong turn and ends up at a remote farmhouse. Ignoring the vague warnings and psychotic behavior of Torgo, the caretaker, they insist on spending the night. They soon find themselves sucked into a strange cult consisting of gauzily-clad women and headed by the Master, an evil-looking gent who dresses in black robes and who seems to worship someone or something named "Manos." Everyone comes to a bad end...except the Master.


The Kid Has the Right Idea
Little Debbie (the daughter) gets up and walks outside, essentially right under her parents' noses. After a horribly edited pause (in which Mike's line is delivered twice), her folks suddenly can't seem to find her. It's more like they're just pretending they don't know where she is.

Acting Appropriately Stupid

Just Ignore the Psycho, Honey
The family gets lost and meets Torgo, who twitchingly tells them there is no way out and tries to get them to go. Mike (the father) insists on spending the night anyway, despite EVERYONE'S objections.

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Acting

"Mike! Mike! Turn Off Her Mike!"
The female lead (Diane Mahres) "expresses" her displeasure. "My God, what kind of place is this?" Then, when Torgo makes a pass at her, she calls for "Mike! Mike!" All of her lines seem to be delivered in this unconvincing and truly annoying shriek.

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Picture

The Soft, Supple Hands of Fate
The Master (Manos?) decrees that Torgo must die. The ladies massage him to "death." He gets up later so that Manos can set his hand on fire.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Hal Warren  
Diane Mahres  
John Reynolds  
Tom Neyman  
Director Claim to Fame
Hal Warren  

Bryan Cassidy

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