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.
is of course a remake of Manos:
The Hands of Fate - so what inspired you to remake exactly that
Ever since 2008 when I announced I was gonna remake
9 from Outer Space (as Plan
9), fans had been asking me at every turn to
The Hands of Fate. I thought about it for years, then I started to see what
they were seeing. And after Plan
9… 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
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. Let’s remake the ones
that were broken, versus the ones that are masterpieces.
Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up the
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
What can you tell us about Manos'
approach to horror?
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
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
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
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?
That’s an exciting note. No one is cast yet, but I will probably give it
9 treatment - Horror icons, social media titans, and a name actor
to top off the cake.
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 that’s the path I’d like
to see happen.
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,
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mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
If you wanna
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,