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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