Manos: The Hands of Fate. 1966. USA. Directed by Harold P. Warren. DCP. 70 min.
“This may indeed be one of the most inept films ever made. But it points toward some other disturbing horror films that became classics of the genre: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, and all of their many derivations. In Manos, a family is tormented by a heathen group of bizarre characters. The exposing of the Manson ‘family’ came three years later. Many of the Club 57 members were impressionable teens when the Manson murders took place. Ten years after, at the basement club in the East Village, mocking a questionably tasteless film about ‘family vs. family’ could have been a way of purging the fears. From DVDDrive-In.com: ‘Performances, camerawork, lighting, and editing are awful at best, but what most viewers might finally be able to appreciate about this film is its eerie otherworldly quality. It does succeed in disorienting the viewer…reminiscent of the later Texas Chainsaw Massacre.’” (film notes by John Epperson).