Book Review: Growing Up with Manos

Growing up with ManosGrowing Up with Manos: The Hands of Fate
By Jackey Neyman Jones with Laura Mazzuca Toops
Published by BearManor Media, 2016. 138 pages

Any serious fan of horror, cult and exploitation films, not to mention Mystery Science Theater 3000, knows of the film Manos: The Hands of Fate. Known to the world as the worst movie ever made, even beating out anything that Ed Wood Jr. ever created is a tough race to win, but it has. A film made by a bunch of locals in the small town of El Paso, Texas, all with dreams of stardom in their eyes, created a film that still lives on to this day, something that has gone farther than any of the ones involved ever thought possible. Maybe not in the way they all hoped, but none the less it has.

Jackey Neyman Jones appeared in the film as little Debbie, but also had a greater connection besides her little part. Her father not only appears in the film as the infamous The Master, but also did the makeup, was the set designer, and quite a bit more. Her mother also worked on the movie, making quite a few of the costumes in the film. There were promises of payment and percentages, but we all know those how those go, even the movie making state of California. But instead of payment, what Tom Neyman and his daughter got was immortality because of their connection and appearances in Manos. Sometimes it makes you wonder what is better.

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Growing Up with Manos!

Growing up with ManosWe all have our favorite “bad” movies that we enjoy. Hell, I hold two events a year dedicated to these kind of movies. For years, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space was regarded as the worst film ever made, but I know from personally experiences that not to be true. But there is one title that seems to have risen to the top and is one that is brought up the most when talking about the top turkey! And that film would be Harold P. Warren’s 1966 epic film Manos: The Hands of Fate. A film of this caliper has to have its stories and now you can learn more about this film than you probably ever wanted to!

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 was written by Jackey Neyman Jones, who played the character of Debbie in the film and has all the stories behind it. You will learn of the behind-the-scenes tales of this bizarre little film that has gone on to have a cult status, such as the bet the director made with a TV producer that “anyone could make a movie” to the tragic suicide of actor John Reynolds, who played Torgo, and all the other little historical facts about this strange movie. Hell…they even have the forward written by Joel Hodgson!

Co-written with Laura Mazzuca Troops, BearManor Media is releasing this title upon the world in both a softcover ($14.95) and hardcover ($24.95) versions that will be available soon. You can always check out their website HERE for all the latest details on this book, as well as the many other great titles they offer.