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Growing Up With Manos: The Hands of Fate (ebook)
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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 by Jackey Neyman Jones and Laura Mazzuca Toops
Jackey Neyman Jones played Debbie in Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), arguably the “worst movie ever made.” The film was, at its heart, a home movie that just happened to be shared with the world. Exposure on American television comedy series, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) spawned a sickening sequel, Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge, which began filming in 2010, but was mercifully scrapped. The 2015 release on Blu-ray breathed new life into creation of a prequel, Manos: The Rise of Targo, which threatens to usurp the dubious moniker of Worst Movie Ever Made.
Jackey’s memoir shares the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film, from insurance salesman turned writer-director-producer-star Harold P. Warren’s alleged bet with TV producer Stirling Silliphant that “anyone could make a movie,” to the tragic suicide of actor John Reynolds (Torgo) and the newest Manos-related projects that are carrying the film into the digital age.
Jackey’s stories dispel much of the Manos mythology, while crystallizing a unique time and place in America, when a crew of actors with a bad script and a rented camera set out to make a movie—and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams—and beyond audience’s worst nightmares.
Jackey Neyman Jones is a professional artist living in the Great Northwest.
Laura Mazzuca Toops is a writer/editor with more than thirty years’ experience in business and fiction writing. She is the author of three historical novels.