Monday, December 30, 2013

Huzzah! We made a year end list!

Seriously. That's a thing I, personally, have never done before. So, having a pic of MANOS - The Hands of Felt included in Daily Grindhouse's Top 10 Genre Fan Events of 2013 article is pretty damn happy-making.

What's better than that? Oh.....having it at the #1 Spot:

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go lie down. Abruptly.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Where are we now?

The digital version of MANOS - The Hands of Felt was delivered to our Kickstarter Backers last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, just squeaking in to meet out deadline. Woo and hoo!

Next, we'll be delivering the digital version of the movie featuring the audio commentary track to our backers and prepping the files needed to turn the whole thing into a physical DVD.

The digital version should be available to the rest of the world later this month, and the DVD early next year.

And that is all the news that The Master has approved. Have a very MANOS day!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Talking MANOS with Tony Trombo

Right before Thanksgiving, I did an internet radio interview about MANOS - The Hands of Felt. Give it a mom says it's pretty good!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

"I Don't Know About It, I Just Don't Know."

Now that the show is up and running, I had time to play with some stuff I shot during rehearsals. Here, then, is my go at "recreating" one of the heartwarming, classic scenes from MANOS:

*Note* This does not reflect how the DVD is going to look. These are the puppets, yes, but I put some effort into matching the crappy film quality of the original, which we are decidedly _not_ going to do on the DVD. Just so's ya know.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Post-show Q&A with "Debbie" and the son of MANOS's "Sheriff"

Ola, MANOS Fans!

The August 10th performance of "MANOS - The Hands of Felt" will featuring a post-show Q&A session with Jackey Raye Neyman Jones ("Debbie" from the original film) and Bryan Jennings (son of the actor who played the "Sheriff"). They'll take audience questions and chat about all things MANOS.

Click here to get your tickets:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tickets Are Now On Sale!

Get your tickets now for the live performances of MANOS - The Hands of Felt!* Playing August 9-17 in Seattle.

*And be sure to get enough for all your wives. You wouldn't want them to fight over the seats.**

** Or maybe you do want that. We don't judge.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Poster of Fate

Since it's included in one of the Kickstarter levels, I've been getting a few questions about The Poster. It hasn't been designed yet, but it's going to be pretty similar to the one for the 2011 show, which looked like this:

The Wife 1 and Wife 2 and Hal puppets will be different this time. And there will be a black bar at the bottom with the 2013 show info. Also, if you're a Kickstarter backer, your poster will have the cast signatures on it. It'll be 11x17.

Thanks for asking, and thanks to everyone who has backed us on Kickstarter!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Music of Manos, part 2

There is lots of music in "MANOS - the Hands of Fate" - basically twice as much background music as there is dialogue, in fact - but not too many songs. Beyond "Row Row Row Your Boat" (which is apparently the "official nursery rhyme of bad cinema"), there are three. And, with typical H.P. Warren genius-bad timing, two of them come right on top of each other. Here are the lyrics to the second one:

Baby Do a Thing With Me
from Manos - The Hands of Fate
(played at the top of the first "boy and girl making out in the car" scene)

You the one that smiled
come over here for a while
hey girl do you hear what I say
don't have time to be waiting all day

just believe that its not awful wrong
there's a reason I'm singing this song

got a big question to ask
hey thing
do you wanna do anything

baby do a thing with me
it'd be so good
come on and do a thing with me
it'd sure feel good

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Talking to Talk to the Hand, part 2

Via the magic of Skype I had a lovely chat with Keith of Talk to the Hand: The MANOS Talk Show. The result is a podcast! Here it is for you to enjoy:

Talk to the Hand episode 4 - Rachel Jackson from Keith McCaffety on Vimeo.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Behind the scenes at the KickStarter shoot...

...or maybe _under_ the scenes is more apropos:
Paul Velasquez with Torgo and Ray Williams with The Master

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Music of Manos

When I was writing the script for MANOS - The Hands of Felt, naturally, I had to watch Manos - The Hands of Fate a whole lot. Sometime during my fourth viewing, I decided that the songs needed to find their way into the production. They seemed too bad to lose. Ok, that sounds illogical, but it made sense at the time. I blame the movie.

So I went out online, hoping to find copies of them or midi files or at the very least lyrics. No luck. Which is how I wound up listening to them a dozen times apiece, trying to suss out the lyrics through the vocalist's, ahem, unique stylings.

It's not an experience I can recommend and it's why I'm now going to use the power of the interwebz to spare someone else having to do the same.

Here then, are the lyrics to

Love Inside This Magic Circle
from Manos - The Hands of Fate (plays during the opening credits)
by Robert Smith Jr and Russ Huddleston 
(Though to be fair, they're just credited with the music; given that it's not so bad, I wonder if the lyrics can be laid at the door of a certain Mr. H. P. Warren?)

love inside this magic circle
keep your head up high
use the strength I have within
it’s real and not a lie

blow away your memory gladly
be yourself that's all
see the way I really love you
we'll have a ball

the heart's a simple
but I knew before when it opened the door
love is the stay
it is the way
the way

*full disclosure: the lyrics in the 3rd, er, verse(?) are the ones I'm least sure about; the film sound skips a couple of times in there.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Save the Date: August 9th

It's official: MANOS - The Hands of Felt will return to the Seattle stage on August 9th. Mark your calendars. This is gonna be fun.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Talking to Talk to the Hand

Greetings, fellow servants of MANOS,

Yesterday I had the fun of talking to Keith, the host of Talk to the Hand. It's a podcast about all things MANOS, so we jabbered for quite awhile about "Manos - The Hands of Felt" and its connection to The Muppet Show (obvious), the Marx Brothers (clear-ish) and Black Swan (hard to explain until you've seen it).

He says the podcast should be up in a week or so, and I'll be sure to post a link to it. In the meantime, stay tuned for NEWS.