here’s my sophomore illustration final on its own. the assignment was to create a poster for one of three infamously terrible movies (the room, manos the hands of fate, and birdemic) and make it look appealing while also playing to the director’s original intentions for the tone. so we werent allowed to be funny or ironic, which was probably one of the biggest challenges ive ever faced as an illustrator, and because the room has some of the least interesting imagery ive ever seen in my life, i decided to make this piece more of a symbolic character study. you are tearing this city apart, lisa!
@introvertia I’m enjoying Powers of Darkness, but there’s a scene where Harker (Thomas Harker in this case) stumbles onto a weird cult sacrifice ritual involving Dracula in a red cape and a bunch of beautiful tied-up women. I started thinking of Manos, and then it all fell into place- the long carriage ride portions, how Harker keeps wanting to leave but not actually leaving, even a prominant vampire bride who could be described as Hot Lady Torgo (”The Master wants you. He can’t have you. I want you.” etc.)
Gravity Falls actually made a reference to “Manos: The Hands of Fate”
“Manos: The Hands of Fate” is considered to be one of the worst movies of all time. For me, it is the worst. Don’t believe me? Just look up “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ on Netflix (the old one, not the new one), and they reviewed it in the first episode. The movie is downright horrible. But why am I telling you this?
Well, do you remember the episode of Gravity Falls entitled “Little Gift Shop of Horrors”?
In it, there was a witch called the “hand-witch”, because she stole people’s hands and made them sentient. Here’s a photo of her:
Now here’s the good part: here’s the villan from “Manos: The Hands of Fate”
THE HAND-WITCH IS WEARING HIS ROBE!
I FREAKING DIED LAUGHING WHEN I SAW THIS!
Most TV shows make very subtle references to old shows that you see and go “Haha, pretty funny”. But Gravity Falls completely outranks all of those with this reference to what is arguably the worst movie of all time! And it’s a reference that fits in as well; there are hands on the Manos robe, so it’s fitting that the witch should wear it. I freaking love Alex Hirsch because of this amazing allusion to MST3K!