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An Interview with John Johnson, Director of Manos

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2018

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Your upcoming movie Manos - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Well, I am in the very early stages of the story. Basically the next day after its genesis. But what I can say is that the supernatural cult will be the main focus. 

 

Manos is of course a remake of Manos: The Hands of Fate - so what inspired you to remake exactly that movie? 

 

Ever since 2008 when I announced I was gonna remake Plan 9 from Outer Space (as Plan 9), fans had been asking me at every turn to remake Manos: The Hands of Fate. I thought about it for years, then I started to see what they were seeing. And after Plan 9Ö Seems like a great idea.

 

Since you've recently also remade Plan 9 from Outer Space as Plan 9, and both that movie and Manos: The Hands of Fate usually score high on "worst movies ever"-lists - what's the idea behind remaking beloved baddies like these?

 

It all started when I was complaining about remakes in general, so they turned the tables on me. They asked if I would remake a movie, which would it be? Plan 9 was my answer. Letís remake the ones that were broken, versus the ones that are masterpieces.

 

Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up the new Manos?

 

Hmm. At this moment in time, I have only seen the movie once. And without the comedy tracks. Looking forward to seeing those by the by. I have watched a couple documentaries on Manos: The Hands of Fate, which opens up a lot of new research notes. But before I write, I think I will be doing a heavy deep dive on Manos: The Hands of Fate and other films with similar storylines.

 

What can you tell us about Manos' approach to horror?

 

from the original Manos: The Hands of Fate

Going dark. But I have a love of mixing genres as in my take on Plan 9. So there will probably be my normal mix of comedy, horror, and meta notes. Kinda my way. However I am looking at a darker blackness than Plan 9. Manos: The Hands of Fate had the feel, that it was intended to be more horror and intense than the lighter adventure side of Plan 9 from Outer Space. We shall see!

 

Do talk about the intended overall look and feel of Manos! And to what extent do you plan to stay true to the original, atmosphere-wise?

 

The look and aesthetic of Manos: The Hands of Fate seems to be very important to the filmmaker Harold P. Warren, so I will not stray from that. Plus fans of the original will get a kick outta some updated visuals that they had come to love.

 

Anything you can tell us about Manos' cast yet, however tentative?

 

Ooh. Thatís an exciting note. No one is cast yet, but I will probably give it the Plan 9 treatment - Horror icons, social media titans, and a name actor to top off the cake.

 


As Manos is still in pre-production as we speak, what's the schedule? And even if it might be waaay too early to ask, any idea when and where it might be released onto the general public yet?

 

I would say production in 2019 and release in 2020. Now making a film is like walking through a minefield, but if we stay on target thatís the path Iíd like to see happen.

 

Any future projects beyond Manos?

 

Always. We are wrapping up post production on 7th Guest The Series based on the cult video games from the 90s, and then House of Horrors, which I have been working on since 2014, is getting closer to production. House of Horrors is a famous monster mash up. Dracula, Hyde, Frankenstein's Monster, etc.

 

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

If you wanna see Plan 9 to get a feel for where we are going with Manos, it is pretty much available everywhere. Amazon, Ps4, Xbox, Direct TV, Walmart, Vudu, etc.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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