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‘Manos Returns’ Back on Track

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We received this release today:

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR MANOS RETURNS
The Master Approves of This Beautiful Group of Actors

Website: www.ManosReturns.com

Teaser Trailer: https://youtu.be/y9m9EirlEi4

“…fifty years waiting for a sequel to Manos: The Hands Of Fate has been unbearable.” – Mike Vanderbilt, A.V. Club

”The future of your favorite horror franchises just got weirder.” – William Bibbiani, Blumhouse.com

The producers are proud to announce the cast of Manos Returns, a sequel to the cult classic Manos – The Hands of Fate. The legacy cast features Jackey Neyman Jones (Debbie), Tom Neyman (The Master) and Diane Mahree Rystad (Maggie) reprising their roles from the original, plus Bryan Jennings, the son of Manos cast member William Bryan Jennings, taking over his father’s role as The Sheriff. They are joined by newcomers Danielle Daggerty (Clara), Christina Pezzo (Nicki), Nuria Aguilar (Pat), Christopher Barnes (Jay) and Steven Sheilds as Torgo.

Directed by award-winning Seattle filmmaker Tonjia Atomic (Plain Devil, Hobo with a Trashcan), Manos Returns takes place 50 years after the action of Manos – The Hands of Fate. Four friends get lost on a road trip and stumble on a hidden cult lead by the sinister Master and his servant Torgo. As they try to escape, they are caught up in the power struggle between Debbie (given to Manos as a child 50 years ago), her mother Maggie, and the other souls twisted by their time serving the dark god.

Like the original, Manos Returns has a full compliment of Brides for The Master: Rachel Jackson, Bryn Kristi, Tonjia Atomic, Nina Nightshade, Stephanie Lunceford and Emily Watson. Ghosts haunting Valley Lodge are led by cult movie favorite George Stover, with Marlene Cox, Myron Jenkins, Milton Jenkins, Ygal Kaufman, and Robert H. Olin rounding out the cast.

Principle photography for Manos Returns took place in Falls City, Oregon in July, after raising production funds via a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Kickstarter backers Darlene Darwin (Sheriff’s Deputy), and Derek Singer and Greg Tally (ghosts) appear in the film as part of their rewards.

One thing The Master would especially approve about the new production is the number of women involved: 3 of the 4 producers, all three screenwriters, and 13 of the 24 cast members are female.

“The new script centers quite a bit on the female characters,” said Atomic. “We didn’t plan it that way, but once we asked ourselves how we could give the women a little more agency than they had in the original it just evolved really naturally in that direction.”

Manos Returns is currently in post production. Screening dates have yet to be announced. Manos Returns is produced by Jackey Neyman Jones, Tonjia Atomic, Joe Sherlock and Rachel Jackson.

25 Replies to “‘Manos Returns’ Back on Track”

  1. Jay says:

    Does anybody know the details on where and how this will be shown? Thanks!

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  2. mr. apathy says:

    whatever

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  3. Ray Dunakin says:

    Interesting. I hope they do it justice.

       1 likes

  4. bacon truck driver says:

    This movie has the potential to be really, really weird. That’s the word, weird. So that means it’s automatically on my movie watch list!
    When this movie gets riffed at some point in the future, I would love to have Joel and the Mads take a crack at it.
    Maybe have Gypsy in there with them somehow, dressed up as one of the Master’s brides!

       3 likes

  5. PigKiller says:

    “Manos Returns takes place 50 years after the action of Manos – The Hands of Fate.”
    Action? What action?

       19 likes

  6. Stargazer says:

    Never has so little been made into so much by so few. (Sorry Winston.) :-)

       6 likes

  7. Dan in WI says:

    The new Torgo looks a little like Lemmy.

       7 likes

  8. I’ll definitely see it. And who knows? Maybe it’ll line up to be shown on the new Mst3K if the reboot goes multiple seasons like Joel wants.

       10 likes

  9. Torgo's Pizza-NJ says:

    It seems like it’s ironic filmaking. We can’t laugh at it, because there’s no sincere attempt to make a good movie. I hope they earn their money back, but let’s hope this doesn’t inspire “Plan 10 From Outer Space” or “The Feet That Wouldn’t Die”

       10 likes

  10. Thomas says:

    Torgo’s Pizza-NJ:
    It seems like it’s ironic filmaking. We can’t laugh at it, because there’s no sincere attempt to make a good movie. I hope they earn their money back, but let’s hope this doesn’t inspire “Plan 10 From Outer Space” or “The Feet That Wouldn’t Die”

    That’s the big problem this movie’s going to face, isn’t it? Manos is a wretched film, but isn’t trying to be. “Ironic” movies are chores to sit through at best, so I’m not expecting much.

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  11. Johnny Drama says:

    https://drafthouse.com/austin/news/agfa-announces-first-wave-of-film-releases-in-collaboration-with-something

    speaking of reviving old movies, The Guy From Harlem and The Violent Years are being prepped for 4K!

       3 likes

  12. Johnny Drama says:

    @9:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110843/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Plan 10 From Outer Space, made in 1995.

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  13. Manos Returns says:

    Torgo’s Pizza-NJ:
    It seems like it’s ironic filmaking. We can’t laugh at it, because there’s no sincere attempt to make a good movie.

    Just to set the record straight, we actually aren’t making Manos Returns ironically. Like you, we don’t think that leads to good movies. We also aren’t trying to make a bad movie, or even a so-bad-it’s-good movie. Hard as this (apparently) is to believe, we are sincerely trying to make a good (creepy and occasionally funny) movie that lives in the world of Manos but has better acting, writing and tech. We might fail, but if we do it won’t be for lack of trying. We felt that was the best way to pay homage to the original.

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  14. Gary Bowden says:

    Manos Returns: Just to set the record straight, we actually aren’t making Manos Returns ironically. Like you, we don’t think that leads to good movies. We also aren’t trying to make a bad movie, or even a so-bad-it’s-good movie. Hard as this (apparently) is to believe, we are sincerely trying to make a good (creepy and occasionally funny) movie that lives in the world of Manos but has better acting, writing and tech. We might fail, but if we do it won’t be for lack of trying. We felt that was the best way to pay homage to the original.

    Good luck and wish you guys/gals the best!! Glad to be a Kickstarter backer… :yes: :yes:

       5 likes

  15. Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    So will this be a theatrical release, paid streaming, or will Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu pick it up ?

       1 likes

  16. Dr. Frankenkeister says:

    “Cult movie favorite George Stover”?!

    As in the George Stover from “The Alien Factor”, “Galaxy Invader” and “Desperate Living”??

    Now THAT’s some pretty cool news.

    :-D

       5 likes

  17. Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    So whatever happened to “The Search For Valley Lodge”?

       3 likes

  18. Cam says:

    First line in Manos Returns:

    “Previously, on Manos : The Hands of Fate.”

       3 likes

  19. Cam says:

    Manos Returns: but has better acting, writing and tech.

    In this particular case of comparison, those three things are pretty much a given no matter what.

       6 likes

  20. Johnny Drama says:

    Terry the Sensitive Knight:
    So whatever happened to “The Search For Valley Lodge”?

    Long story short, that project folded several years ago. This new project is the authorized real deal.

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  21. Thomas K. Dye says:

    Long story short, that project folded several years ago. This new project is the authorized real deal.

    More here: http://www.horrorsociety.com/2014/12/26/manos-sequel-canned-torgo-may-live-prequel/

    In a personal blog entry dated 12/13/2013, Neyman clarified that the upcoming sequel [“The Search for Valley Lodge”] had been cancelled due to disagreements and confrontations between the cast and crew. An excerpt reads: “It started with a self named star, director, writer, and producer who said he wanted to make this epic film. Funny thing is, both my dad and I said yes to this one. This fellow got us to agree to all sorts of things and without any firm promise in return…He was quite persuasive at first but, in a short time we began to question why we had become involved.”

    It’s interesting. I met the guy at Comic-Con, and he was in full Torgo regalia, with an MP3 player playing the Torgo music on a loop, and stayed entirely in character. I asked him about details of the movie, and he gave me some, though I forget what they are now. But I was so annoyed… he did the entire spiel as “Torgo,” and I felt like this was more some vanity project where he could cosplay and get attention rather than anything “serious.” And I say “serious” because I still feel that underneath the terrible filmmaking there was a decent story in there somewhere. From what I’m reading, the new filmmakers might actually have “found” that story and are expanding on it properly. I have no idea if it’ll be a masterpiece or not, but I do find it cool that someone actually saw something in Hal Warren’s idea and said, “Yeah, let’s expand on that a little.”

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  22. schippers says:

    Speaking of much belated sequels no one was asking for, anyone seen Samurai Cop 2? Wow. Somehow, seemingly without trying, they managed to make a film many times worse and far less entertaining than the original. In fact, the only thing Samurai Cop 2 has over its prequel is the presence of Tommy Wiseau.

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  23. Cheapskate Crow says:

    Manos Returns: Just to set the record straight, we actually aren’t making Manos Returns ironically. Like you, we don’t think that leads to good movies. We also aren’t trying to make a bad movie, or even a so-bad-it’s-good movie. Hard as this (apparently) is to believe, we are sincerely trying to make a good (creepy and occasionally funny) movie that lives in the world of Manos but has better acting, writing and tech. We might fail, but if we do it won’t be for lack of trying. We felt that was the best way to pay homage to the original.

    Interesting idea and I am curious to how it will turn out. I was going to give this a pass because I thought as others did that it would be made intentionally bad which is no fun at all but now I will at least wait for reviews. Remember to record sound :-D

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  24. Dihgdfj says:

    Johnny Drama:
    @9:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110843/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Plan 10 From Outer Space, made in 1995.

    I saw that ages ago. iirc it was more about Mormon weirdness than a Plan 9 sequel.

    So that dead project was the one with Gene Snitski attached, right?

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  25. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    (sees photo)

    Good heavens, Victor French has risen from the dead…

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