"Manos" The Hands of Fate (1966) (part 3 of 7)

Inside the Unabomber Shack, mother and daughter are sitting on the sofa and molesting the poodle. We get a shot of the fireplace, and on the mantle are some mahogany sculptures of hands and an African-looking bust. For no reason, we hold on the fireplace for three seconds of dead silence until that same “ominous” piano chord thunders on the soundtrack. (I guess this is supposed to be the most… terrifying… fireplace… ever.) However, when we cut back to mother and daughter, they’re both still playing with the poodle. So, was Mom looking at the fireplace? If not, why did they insert a shot of it just then? And why am I giving this more thought than anyone involved with the movie?

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Multi-Part Article: "Manos" The Hands of Fate (1966)

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