As most of us here in the United States know, Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons will face off against the New England Patriots in Houston, Texas. But not everyone is into football or wants to spend their day watching the led-in programming for the game. For those people, Comet TV has the day covered with a MST3K marathon.
Starting at 10am (9am Central) on Sunday, February 5, 2017, Comet TV will air 6-back-to-back classic episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, including their popular “Manos, Hands of Fate” episode at 7pm ET/PT.
It was first reported in the last week of December 2011 that Manos: The Hands of Fate, long regarded as one of the worst films ever made (if not the worst), was undergoing a complete restoration for a future re-release on home video. For years, Manos has only been available through public domain VHS and DVD editions that contained degraded transfers.
The inspiration for possibly the greatest episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 of all time, Manos is finally coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films just in time for Halloween.
You can check out a full list of extra features, and the Blu-ray cover art here below.
Nearly every major movie released since the birth of the Atari 2600 has given rise to its own tie-in video game. Some of them were great, but most of them were so dreadful and often had so little to do with the actual movie that – especially in the case of Atari’s infamous E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game from 1982 – they ended up buried in a landfill next to the corpses of stoolies whacked by the Mafia. They’re an integral part of a tentpole movie’s marketing campaign. In certain cases, such as the well-received Ghostbusters game from a few years ago, a beloved film property can be revived as a video game in order to appeal to a new generation of admirers.
You would never expect Manos, the Hands of Fate to be one of those privileged titles, but the 1966 occult horror feature made in El Paso, TX, by a fertilizer salesman to win a bet and is legendary for being one of the worst movies ever to see the light of a film projector has become a 2D side-scrolling iOS platform game app from FreakZone Games soon to be available for iPhones and Androids.
There are far worse movies in the world than “Manos”: The Hands of Fate, the only film in the history of cinema made by an El Paso, TX fertilizer kingpin on a budget of $19,000 with a hand-cranked camera and a cast of hippie freaks and suicidal acid heads. But “Manos” remains the popular choice among fans of both Skid Row filmmaking and Mystery Science Theater 3000, the show that brought Hal Warren‘s obscure abortion of a horror flick back into the public eye. You can read my review of the recent DVD release of the MST3K version here.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Presents: “Manos” The Hands of Fate DVD
Directed by Joel Hodgson, Hal Warren
Starring Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Mike Nelson
Release Date: September 13, 2011
“Well… just in case you forgot, ladies and gentlemen… ‘Manos’: The Hands of Fate.”
Yes folks, it’s the movie that is often voted as not only the worst movie ever mocked by the valiant crew of the Satellite of Love, but also the worst movie ever made PERIOD. A movie so bad that everyone involved in its making either died of shame or vanished from the face of the earth. A movie so godawful that it provided the basis for the single greatest episode of one of the best television shows in the history of civilization. Now it’s back on DVD in a two-disc set devoted entirely to this movie and the classic of cathode comedy that brought it back from the bring of obscurity. It’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Presents: “Manos” The Hands of Fate, and yes, the quotation marks around Manos are intentional.
Once more Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson, creator of the show) and his robot companions Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) and Crow T. Robot (Trace Beaulieu) are forced to endure the endless horrors of some of cinema history’s greatest mistakes as part of an experiment conducted by the evil Dr. Clayton Forrester (Beaulieu) and his good-natured comic relief assistant TV’s Frank (Frank Conniff). Trapped on the orbiting platform the Satellite of Love, Joel and the Bots try to make the best of a lousy situation by mercilessly mocking the films they must watch as part of the routine of their reality.