Sunday, June 13, 2010

0424: Manos: The Hands of Fate

MST3k, Experiment #0424

Hired! Part 2. Fat doughy managing salesman is inspired by his creepy father on how to motivate and instruct his young, clueless car salesman on how to close. It is considerably less intense than Glengarry Glen Ross, but still unnerving.

It's Shocking! It's Beyond Your Imagination! Manos: The Hands of Fate.

A family driving through a small town gets lost and winds up at a backwoods shack managed by Torgo, who takes care of it while The Master is away. The Master worships Manos, an evil deity, and he also wears a neat cape. When Torgo lets the family stay, The Master awakens and does mean stuff like burning off Torgo's hand and sicking his dog on the family pet. Meanwhile, The Master's wives wrestle for his favor.

"Ziggy had Garfield neutered?! Now THAT's funny!!!"

This is, of course, one of the most classic episodes of the series. While I personally believe that it's far too overrated, I still think it's great and definitely a classic. This really is a brutally and weirdly bad movie. I still don't think it's the worst, and I could easily watch it "un-mistied." I think anyone who thinks this is "the worst movie ever made" just hasn't seen quite enough bad movies. Still, that's not to say that this movie is good in any way.

The host segment recreating the driving scene from the movie is the best of the episode... Of course, I'm biased due to my love of Gypsy. Every "baccy" spit makes me laugh out loud.

Well, since there's WAY too much already said about this episode online, I'm just gonna keep it short (as usual) and simply point out that the riffing was so good on this one that I have two(2) favourite lines. Along with that, the "radio announcer" dialogue is something I quote as often as I can.

Favourite line: "Think we should try some of that kissin', Bert?" and "Fred, you ever feel like cryin' but just don't know why?"

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