A most sincere thank you to the city of El Paso for their tremendous hospitality towards Jackey Neyman Jones and myself this weekend! Only a matter of feet away from where the film had premiered 46 years ago, over 300 people of all ages came out for our ‘Manos‘ event… a few even in costume. I was as happy as anyone to hear that Jackey’s many great stories from the set will soon find their way into a book.
One of the many, many highlights of the evening was meeting people who had actually attended the legendary original screening in 1966. It was a tremendous compliment to hear from one such person that the restoration, even unfinished, was looking better than the film ever had in its original release.
A wide shot of the room where Torgo sleeps on a bed of dirt- note that there are no hooves on his costume to speak of. A spare dress hangs over him, presumably intended for Margaret- perhaps the rope is meant for Michael. We do eventually see it used to tie the disobedient elder wife to her pillar while Torgo’s hand is burned off.
Colbert Coldwell, the respected county judge whose ranch served as the film’s sole location, would later recall that the pile of dirt was left behind after the shoot for him to clean up.
The beer bottle may have been left in frame accidentally, much like the can of lighter fluid that appears later.
“It looks so sinister.”
“Must be the master himself!”
“Oh Mike, I’m scared. He has the meanest look… and that dog…”
“I’d hate to run up on him in the dark, or even in the light for that matter!”
“Honey, we’ll leave in the morning and soon this place will be forgotten.”
“Forgotten! I’ll never forget.”