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BACinema: Manos: The Hands of Fate

August 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

The folks of Mystery Science Theater 3000 once memorably the 1966 curio Manos: The Hands of Fate as posessing a visual style that looked like “everybody’s last known photograph.” The movie has been memorably described as lots of other things, too. All of which is to say the film is genuinely eerie, genuinely atmospheric and genuinely awful, disorganized and hilarious. We might start by noting that the title translates to “Hands: The Hands of Fate.” We might continue to note that the actor John Reynold’s memorable portrayal of the semi-coherent Torgo, a strange innkeeper with a dark secret who takes in a family vacationing in Texas, is clearly influenced by some cocktail of illegal substances (he has his own musical theme, too!). And we might continue by noting that, as the plot becomes twistier, denser and begins to add more and more robes, it also makes less and less sense. It all would best make sense as a truly weird, unintentionally goofy dream. Thus we present to you Manos: The Hands of Fate, its uncut, non-spoofed version rarely screened in theaters.

Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30PM
TICKETS $6 • $5 BAC Members


August 21, 2019
7:30 pm
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Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, 60655
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