"Manos" The Hands of Fate (1966) (part 4 of 7)

Meanwhile, back in the Unabomber Shack, we get a riveting twenty second shot of Torgo watching Maggie fold some clothes, while an oddly sensual sax plays in the background. Maggie says she’ll be glad to get out of this place, but Torgo tells her it’s too dangerous to leave. After a slight pause, he smoothly switches gears.

Torgo: The Master wants you.
Maggie: Wants me? What kind of talk is that?
Torgo: He wants you for his wife. He loves beautiful women.

Of course, to get the full effect of this exchange, keep in mind that Torgo has stretched out the words “wife” and “women” to about seven syllables each. Torgo does a little jig for a few seconds, then decides to bust a move. He starts ever so slowly walking towards Maggie with an outstretched hand, until, finally, he reaches over and… and… well, I must warn you that what Torgo does next is so shocking and vulgar that all children and elderly people should leave the room immediately. He… reaches out… and… touches her… hair! Oh, the humanity! Maggie is consumed with terror by this hair-fondling, but instead of moving away, she just stands there and watches it happen with her mouth agape. After a few seconds of this, Torgo just stops.

Maggie: Don’t you ever try that again. You… beast!
Torgo: The Master wants you. But he can’t have you. I want you!
Maggie: Stop that talk this instant, you hear?
Torgo: He wants you, but he can’t have you.

Hey, Torgo, the scuttlebutt around town is that the Master wants her, but he can’t have her. Can you confirm or deny this?

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

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