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.
Rick Turner is engaged to Donna Trent and is having nightmares of a beautiful blonde woman who appears to be dancing in the sky. One night, he is mysteriously driven to enter a doll shop, and in the next morning he returns to the place with Donna. He finds a doll that resembles his fiancé, but the owner Francis Lamont delivers another doll to him, with the face of the woman of his dreams, Bianca Milan. It’s Voodoo…. oooo!
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.
A series of experiments cause a scientist to go ape.
The movie tells the story of an elderly woman who uses her vast fortune to convince an eccentric yet brilliant scientist to provide her with a new, youthful body. This is done by hiring three immigrant young women, with the promise of helping them become film stars. The old woman then chooses which of the girls she finds most beautiful, and sets about replacing the young woman’s brain with her own.
The film stars Barbara Steele in dual lead roles. The film has several variations in the title and is also known as Night of the Doomed in the United Kingdom, Lovers from Beyond the Tomb and The Faceless Monster.