Monday, September 12, 2011

Mystery Science Theater: "Manos" The Hands of Fate (2011, Shout! Factory)

Considered by many as the worst film ever made, "Manos" The Hands of Fate is truly a sight.  I'd say it makes Plan 9 From Outer Space look like Citizen Kane in comparison.  For MST3K lovers though, the crappier the movie - the funnier the show.  Joel, Tom Servo and Crow certainly have their work cut out for them here.  Coming September 13th from Shout! Factory is a Special Edition of this MST3K fan favorite.

"Manos" The Hands of Fate is the tale of a couple who go on vacation with their daughter and their dog.  The family gets lost or something and winds up at an old house.  A creepy character named Torgo (John Reynolds) is there to greet them and agrees to let them stay the night.  Soon we find out that the house is actually a den of sin where "The Master" (Tom Neyman) and his stable of brides live.  The vacationing family become prisoners and must do whatever they can to survive the wrath of MANOS!

From that synopsis, you might think the film isn't half bad.  Well, it's not half bad.  It's about 8,000 times bad.    To have a reputation like this film is quite an achievement (or damnation).  Luckily, we get to watch it in the Satellite of Love where bad movies are shown to torture Joel and his friends.  The crew absolutely rip this films to shreds.  Widely considered one of the best episodes of the series, this latest installment in the MST3K collection is absolutely hilarious.  A tough movie to sit through on its own, this 2 DVD set features both the original version of "Manos" The Hands of Fate, as well as the MST3K version.  That's not all though.  This set also has a boatload of bonus features, including a documentary on the making of "Manos" as well as interviews with the MST3K cast and crew re-living the horrible experience of this film.  Take those, along with some MST3K Hour Wraps, exclusive mini poster by Steve Vance and more and you have one of the best MST3K sets available.  If you are new to the show then this episode is the perfect starter and if you're a fan than you already know how good it is.

RATING:  10/10

If you order this set directly through Shout! Factory's site HERE then you get a free MST3K stress ball!

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