RiffTrax, you hopefully know, is the successor to TV's beloved Mystery Science Theater 3000, with cast members Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett doing their schtick heckling an all-new soundtrack of wisecracks and commentary to an old, er, favorite. MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE was a backyard chiller effort made in El Paso, Texas in 1966 as the first and last feature from director-actor Harold Warren, an inept would-be shocker about a family stranded a weird ranch that secretly houses a devil-worship cult. Largely ignored or a bottom-shelf item in some of the more eldritch 16mm film-rental catalogs, MANOS resurfaced in 1993 when Mystery Science Theater dismembered it with Joel Hodgson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. Audiences who had never encountered MANOS before decided, yes, this was indeed a strong candidate for Worst Movie Ever Made.
MANOS will get "riffed" on Thursday, August 16, at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with local cinemas getting the simulcast feed through FathomEvents being the Regal Cinemas in Valley View, Westlake (Crocker Park) and Hudson, the Cinemark 15 in Macedonia and the Cinemark at Strongsville's South Park Mall; and the Severance Stadium 14 in Cleveland Heights. I knew there had to be some redeeming quality to Cleveland Heights.
Tickets are on sale via the website www.fathomevents.com or by calling the individual theaters.