The film begins following a moonlit night in the Louisiana Bayou town of Marsh Island as two farmers discover the mauled, dead body of a local resident, an attractive young girl. Sheriff Aaron Whitaker (David Janssen) is called in. The victim’s temperamental brother Lawrence Burrifors (Geoffrey Lewis) arrives at the crime scene and jumps to the conclusion that the girl’s lover committed the murder, a man whose very name her brother does not know. The town’s Dr. Drutan (John Beradino) examines the body and pronounces the girl died of a severe blow to the head caused by a human hand. He tells Sheriff Whitaker, “It looks like you have a murder on your hands.” The sheriff replies, “Just what I needed.”
Members of a scientific expedition to the Himalaya’s that encounter and capture a Yeti. The creature is then brought back to the U.S., only to escape and run havoc. The Snow Creature was the first of several “Yeti / Abominable Snowman” themed movies. It also bore some resemblance to King Kong, in terms of plot, with act-one in an exotic setting and act-two taking place in an urban setting.
A voodoo death cult worships an evil priest named Damballa. Captain Labesh arrives and wants to crack down on the cult and the drunken local police force that has turned a blind eye to the cults activities.
Three men are stranded during a storm when their car gets stuck in the mud along a country road. They take refuge in a nearby mansion. It is the anniversary of a death at the mansion, and there is the palpable presence of his ghost. While arguing about the death the lights go out, and when they come back on the widow of the dead man has disappeared.
A young girl finds the body of her dead aunt, but doesn’t remember much about it. She returns in later life to remember what happened.
This might the best movie Larry Buchanan ever made, but that’s not saying a lot. This movie has a farmer, a monster in a cave, and witless victims. What else did you need?
Manos was written, directed and produced by Harold P. Warren, a fertilizer salesman from El Paso, Texas. Warren also starred in the film. A vacationing family is trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. It ranks among the best movies ever made by a fertilizer salesman.
John Halloran has a heart attack while out in a rowboat on the lake and his wife, Louise Haloran throws him overboard and claims he’s gone on a business trip. She’s after an inheritance she can only get if he’s alive.
An old man dies in his shack while performing satanic rites. Shortly afterward, a strange man shows up claiming to be the old man’s nephew. When he moves in, strange things begin to happen, like a man being attacked by his own dog.