GROWING UP WITH "MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE": HOW I WAS THE CHILD STAR OF THE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE, AND LIVED TO TELL THE STORY (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Jackey Neyman Jones and Laura Mazzuca Toops
Jackey NeymanJones played Debbie in Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), arguablythe “worst movie ever made.” The film was, at its heart, a home movie that justhappened to be shared with the world. Exposure on American television comedyseries, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) spawned a sickening sequel, Manos:The Search for Valley Lodge, which began filming in 2010, but wasmercifully scrapped. The 2015 release on Blu-ray breathed new life intocreation of a prequel, Manos: The Rise of Targo, which threatens tousurp the dubious moniker of Worst Movie Ever Made.
Jackey’smemoir shares the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film, frominsurance salesman turned writer-director-producer-star Harold P. Warren’salleged bet with TV producer Stirling Silliphant that “anyone could make amovie,” to the tragic suicide of actor John Reynolds (Torgo) and the newest Manos-related projectsthat are carrying the film into the digital age.
Jackey’sstories dispel much of the Manos mythology, while crystallizing a uniquetime and place in America, when a crew of actors with a bad script and a rentedcamera set out to make a movie—and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams—andbeyond audience’s worst nightmares.
Jackey NeymanJones is a professional artist living in the Great Northwest.
Laura MazzucaToops is a writer/editor with more than thirty years experience inbusiness and fiction writing. She is the author of three historical novels.
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