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.