Come Watch the Greatest Achievement in El Paso Movie History With Me Tonight at 5 Points Bar.
Today from 5 to 7 I’ll be at a new place called Five Points Bistro and Bar. It’s at 3019 Montana Ave. and we’ll have dollar beer and great food but, most importantly, we’ll be showing “Manos: The Hands of Fate” on the big movie screen they have out on the patio!!
I wrote a whole article about this movie a couple months ago (you can read it here) but what you really need to know is that is probably the most awful movie ever filmed and it was made entirely in El Paso, Texas! It is our community’s crowning glory in the area of cinematic achievement.
It’s fun for a couple of reasons.
1.) It really is dreadful. In terms of acting, production value and the script making any flunking sense at all, nothing else even comes close to Manos. It makes “Plan 9 From Outer Space” look like “Avatar“.
2.) Manos was filmed entirely in El Paso. This is what makes it even more of treat for those of us who call El Paso home. There are long…painfully long…stretches in the movie where nothing interesting is going on. Except, footage of El Paso as it looked in 1966.
It’s a lot of fun to try and identify where the scenes were shot. “At the 7:55 mark of the family-driving-around-pointlessly scene is that Borderland Rd.?”. I don’t know, but it looks like the Master’s slave/wives have a lovely view of the Franklins from their house.”
Here’s the Wikipedia page about Manos: The Hands of Fate. The entire story behind this film is as funny as it is fascinating (read how much the film maker paid the actors!!).
Make some time to swing by 5 Points Bar and Bistro from 5-7 and watch it with me. We’ll have a drink and some laughs together. We’ll start the movie around 6:20.