recasting manos

Last Saturday, I had a table at a small local convention. I was selling these “Wives of Manos” posters. I had the following conversation with three different people:

ME: Are you familiar with Manos the Hands of Fate?


ME: You know Mystery Science Theater, right?

THEM: No. What is it?

Furthermore, when I pointed out Olivia Munn, Christina Hendrix and Aisha Tyler, they did not recognize those names. These were grown adults I was talking to, not little kids.


The folks at @Rifftrax actually got hold of some MANOS outtakes!

Today I’ve got a bizarre one for ya! I’ve cast Frank Conniff and Stefanie Powers as the Makeout Couple.

Yeah, I’ve been working on this one for a while. I’ve had it in mind since the beginning to cast Frank as the Makeout King. That’s my little tribute to the guy who re-discovered Manos, and my nod to MST3K. The addition of Stefanie Powers was more recent. I wanted to throw in at least one celebrity from the ACTUAL year of 1966, and when this idea came along, I liked it.

The challenge here was to capture Frank Conniff’s face and somehow mix it with Bernie Rosenblum’s signature smirk. Did I succeed?

- by Keith