"Manos" The Hands of Fate

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"Manos" The Hands of Fate (Spanish: "Hands" Las Manos de Destino) was a blockbuster drama film produced in 1995, produced, written, and directed by founding Manostologist Hal Warren. Despite being an effective film symbolizing several important concepts of Manostology, the mainstream rejected the film, and predominantly stigmatized Manos as a cult following the release.

Plot Synopsis[edit]

A young man drives along the road with his subservient wife, daughter, and dog, lost, unknowing where the hands of fate will move him, but he will find out.

The road, long and boring, symbolizes the true monotony of a life devoid of the hand of fate, the scene plays for a total of 35 minutes, leading many to believe that the protagonist, represents Hal Warren himself.

The man, named "Michael" as it seems comes across an inn, attended to by a poor cripple by the name of Torgo, who takes care of the place while the master is away. He tells the family that "once you check in, you can never leave". They respond by checking in. The husband and wife are drawn, horrified but bewitched by the powerful portrait of The Master. Torgo the manservant informs them that The Master is gone, but not the way they know it. He then goes on to deflower the woman, Margaret's hair and threatens to steal her away from The Master.

Margaret and Michael turn away from their child, Deborah, who is drawn outside, as if in a trance. In the next second, they cannot find her. They check outside and they find her holding The Master's dog.

The Master, played by a washed up Sacha-Baron Cohen (in a pre-fame role) awakes to find his home tarnished by the infidels that are the family. His wives proceed to wrestle in the sand, with the subsequent and often nostalgic sacrifice of Torgo, by being massaged to death by two of the dominatrix wives. This scene represents the toil of rural families as they must constantly struggle to make a living. Meanwhile, the amazing chemistry and pure cinematic poetry that is the "make-out couple" adds an immense dollop of symbolism and importance to the film.

Religious parallels[edit]

  • Michael finds the Valley Lodge after 30 minutes of driving. The Bible for Manostology tells the story of a man who finds Manos after 30 years of searching.
  • "The Master is gone, but he is with us always" is a reference toward the immovable nature of the hand of fate "never drawing back". That is, although The Master is dead his memory lives on. In this case, the Master himself actually lives on.
    • Torgo mentions that the Master is dead, but "not the way you know it". Meaning "Not the way non-manostologists know it". Meaning The Master is not indeed dead

Critical Reviews[edit]

Critics understandably met "Manos" The Hands of Fate with mixed apathy, with their small understanding of the great faith. However, it was quite revered by the followers of Manostology and art-film-critics alike.

The 14 practicing Manostologists at the time praised the film as a work of beauty. The initial thought among the community was that the film would eventually convert the world to the Manos faith. Sadly, in reality 3 people left the faith as a result, and two took their own lives upon seeing the finished work.

The the art-film stream, "Manos" was praised for it's relatively low-budget, surreal "vibe". People noticed the repetition of dialogue akin to the repetition of events present in nightmares.

Normal people hated it.

A Sequel?[edit]

Hollywood has assured the press that if every other idea fails, they'll make a sequal to "Manos." It may be called, "Dedos" The Fingers of Destiny and deal with the finer aspects of Manostology