SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of Manos: The Hands of Fate, in El Paso, Texas, where unpaid cast members experienced public humiliation for a movie so bad it became “widely regarded as, quite simply, the worst movie ever made,” attests Entertainment Weekly. Wait, child star, Jackey Neyman Jones got paid. Jackey got a new bicycle and Shanka the Doberman got a fifty-pound bag of dog food.
Rumors long circulated that all cast and crew of Manos had mysteriously disappeared, possibly fueled by the real-life tragic suicide of John Reynolds/Torgo in 1966. Jackey Neyman Jones has set the record straight! Jackey’s successful Kickstarter and support, for all things Manos, validates her path. Growing Up with Manos: The Hands of Fate, is Jackey’s tell-all book which also honors her family legacy. (She’s the only one willing to talk about it.) Don’t miss Chapter 10: The Film that Wouldn’t Die. “If you can’t be the best, make the most of the worst,” is Jackey’s take on her auspicious upbringing.
Recognizing the flawed beauty of Manos that resonates deep in the fervent fan base, Neyman Jones also produced a redemptive re-make film, Manos Returns, with her father, Tom Neyman, resurrecting The Master. Sadly, her father passed away on November 12th just days from the anniversary of his cult classic film.
The film and its poignant story remained unknown for nearly twenty years. But an unusual door opened for the Neyman family after MST3K (Mystery Science Theater 3000) aired the film in 1993 to a delighted, amused and horrified audience. MST3K critics explain, “This movie was like watching a trainwreck – we couldn’t bear to watch it but couldn’t look away.” It has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps Frank Coniff, in Playboy says it best, “It seemed like it was maybe a crime against humanity, but you couldn’t be sure.”