Inspired by a recent viewing of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode devoted to Manos: The Hands of Fate, I decided to upload and make available an mp3 of the haunting theme of the misunderstood satyr, Torgo, one of the more laughable elements of the film.
"Manos" The Hands of Fate is a 1966 American horror film written, directed and produced by Harold P. Warren, a fertilizer salesman from El Paso, Texas. Warren also starred in the film, alongside El Paso theater actors Tom Neyman and John Reynolds. The film is best known for having been featured in a 1993 episode of the television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), a show based on the premise of mocking B movies, which gave the film cult status.
The plot of the film revolves primarily around a vacationing family taking a road trip to a hotel. After a long drive in the Texas desert, the family is trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult, and they attempt to escape as the cult's members decide what to do with them.
Produced as a result of a bet, Manos was an independent production by a crew that had little or no background or experience in filmmaking and a very limited budget at their disposal. Upon its theatrical debut, the film was poorly received, and remained obscure until its Mystery Science Theater appearance. It has since gained infamy as one of the worst films ever made.
Reportedly, Quentin Tarantino owns a rare 35 mm copy of the film and has stated that this film is his favorite "comedy". In attempting to explain the film's appeal, the Los Angeles Times hypothesized, "After screening Manos for probably the 10th time, I've concluded it has to do with intimacy. Because it is such a pure slice of Warren's brain—he wrote, directed, produced and starred, and brooked no collaboration—Manos amounts to the man's cinematically transfigured subconscious."
Despite its newly gained cult popularity, the general opinion of the quality of the film remains much the same. The film consistently appears near the top of the Internet Movie Database's list of the 100 worst films ever made, as voted for by the site's users, and has been ranked as high as the #1 worst film in the past. Manos also holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the one positive review posted for the MST3K episode rather than the film itself (which was described as "unwatchable"). The June 10, 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly contained an in-depth article which proclaimed Manos "The Worst Movie Ever Made".
Track Listing:01- I Am Torgo
02- Forgetting You (Opening Theme)
03- Torgo's Theme