Monday, November 14, 2016

Mourning The Master, Tom Neyman (1935-2016)

The Master from Manos The Hands of Fate
Tom Neyman as The Master in Manos The Hands of Fate (1966)
I'm sad to report that Tom Neyman, who portrayed the mesmerizing Master in Manos: The Hands of Fate, has died.

His daughter Jackey Neyman Jones, who was also in the cult film, broke the news in a Facebook post that he passed away on Nov 12, 2016.

“My dad, The Master from Manos The Hands of Fate passed away last night when his heart stopped. He has now transcended to become Manos. I miss my dad. He was such a gentle, sweet, humble and loving man.”
This will make the release of the upcoming sequel a bittersweet moment for not only his family and those involved in its production but also to the many fans of Manos. Unfortunately, it's the second time a Manos cast member has died before his movie's release. John Reynolds, who portrayed Torgo in the original film in 1966, died about a month before that film's premiere.

I know Manos The Hands of Fate is considered to be one of the worst movies ever but I genuinely enjoyed Tom Neyman's performance in the film. His acting and his iconic robe helped turn it into a memorable role.

It saddens me that he didn't live long enough to see himself in Manos Returns but I take solace in the fact that he did live to see the loving restoration of The Hands of Fate in HD that was released on Blu-ray. To know that people cared enough about the movie to give it new life must have given Neyman a certain amount of joy. That's something that Reynolds and the late writer/director Hal Warren never got to experience.

I  offer my heartfelt condolences to Jackey Neyman Jones and her family in this time of mourning. I'm very sorry for your loss. This goes out to all his friends, fellow cast mates and crew members who worked with him, as well.

As for fans of Manos and especially The Master, yes it is a sad time, but thanks to the technology of film preservation and belated sequels, he is immortalized and has been made permanent.

Manos has made him permanent.

He is with us always.

Rest in peace, Tom.
 

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