Former Child Actress Explains How She Survived Appearing in the Worst Movie Ever Made

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ALBANY, Ga. - March 26, 2016 - PRLog -- BearManor Media announces the release of Growing Up With Manos: The Hands of Fate: How I Was the Child Star of The Worst Movie Ever Made, and Lived to Tell the Story by Jackey Neyman Jones and Laura Mazzuca Toops. Foreword by Joel Hodgson (MST3K).

Few heard of this film until Joel Hodgson's Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) resurrected the remains to a new generation. Since then, the film has become infamous as "the worst movie ever made."

Jackey Neyman Jones plays Debbie in Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), essentially a home movie that found an unsteady foothold in theaters. After mercifully passing into oblivion, a pristine print was unearthed, broadcast to millions, and anchored into cinemagoers' psyches. Worse, the film spawned a sickening sequel, Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge, which began filming in 2010, but was unceremoniously scrapped. The 2015 release of the original film on Blu-ray breathed new life into the creation of a prequel, Manos: The Rise of Targo, which now threatens to usurp the dubious moniker of Worst Movie Ever Made.

Jackey's memoir shares the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film, from insurance salesman turned writer-director-producer-star Harold P. Warren's alleged bet with TV producer Stirling Silliphant that "anyone could make a movie," to the tragic suicide of actor John Reynolds (Torgo) and the newest Manos-related projects that are carrying the film into the digital age.

Jackey's stories dispel much of the Manos mythology, while crystallizing a unique time and place in America, when a crew of actors with a bad script and a rented camera set out to make a movie-and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams-and beyond audience's worst nightmares.

Jackey Neyman Jones is a professional artist living in the Great Northwest.

Laura Mazzuca Toops is a writer/editor with more than thirty years' experience in business and fiction writing. She is the author of three historical novels.


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