Sunday, December 30, 2012

Manhunt: The Search for Castmates

Manhunt: TSFC movie poster
"Manhunt: The Search for Castmates" is a short mockumentary about another documentary film called "Hotel Torgo".

It humourously attempts to shed light on what really is the truth behind the deaths and mysterious disappearances of the cast and crew of the 1966 horror film, "Manos: The Hands of Fate". The making of Manos is the subject of Hotel Torgo along with cast and crew member, Bernie Rosenblum, whom the producers claimed was the last surviving member of the former film as of 2004. In the interest of debunking some myths and setting the record straight, Manhunt: TSFC examines what the makers of Hotel Torgo got right and what they got wrong as a result of laziness.

Put together using film clips, curated interviews and researched information from several sources, Manhunt: TSFC is an affectionate tribute to both "Manos" and "Hotel Torgo". I hope you enjoy this short docucom.

Please note that this video was created using public domain material along with some that was used either with permission or under a Creative Commons license. Some original dialogue was also written and recorded  and added to a couple scenes. Sources are listed below video.

The following resources were used to research information:

Here is the actual documentary I mocked.

Hotel Torgo (2004) from Charlemagne Films on Vimeo.
Director: Aaron Allard / James Lafleur / Marco Pazzano

In April of 1966 a film called "Manos: The Hands of Fate" was completed. By late April of that same year critics agreed unanimously that this was to be forever regarded as one of the worst films ever made. More than 30 years later we interview Bernie, one of the last surviving crew member of Manos to answer one question: Why?​

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I was very happy and flattered to see that little "Debbie" herself enjoyed this short movie and has been kind enough to post it on her own blog. You can read The Continuing Story of Hotel Torgo and other stories by Jackey Raye Neyman-Jones at Debbie's Manos. Why not pay her a visit and leave a nice comment? You must be a fan of "Manos" otherwise why would you be reading this?

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