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.
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.
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!
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)
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
*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.
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.