Tuesday, February 20, 2018

All about Debbie

This blog post is entirely about me...which I know a few of these are, considering I am the author and it's about Manos.

Telling you this because I realize that at 58 years old, it's about time to acknowledge my accomplishments out loud.... Well, at least through the written word.

  Mystery Science Theater fans and by association, Manos: The Hands of Fate fans are My People.  We "get" each other.  I have no idea how this perfect juxtapication happened in my life but am forever appreciative of  the many intersting and talented people I've met on this incredible Manos journey. 

It is a constanty evolving thing that started by connecting with a few fans through chat rooms online in the 1990's.  It was fun and I put myself out there to straighten out some of the Manos mythology floating around.  Facebook then became the thing and more connections happened.  I responded to everything, and for the most part, I still do.  Through that, there came offers for projects like participating in the Manos stage production in Portland a few years back.  I attended screenings of the restored version of Manos.  I decided to start a blog to record my memories and report on current happenings in the Manos world.  I was contacted by Playboy magazine for a feature story https://www.playboy.com/articles/the-battle-over-the-worst-movie-ever and Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2150-5-things-i-learned-as-child-star-worst-movie-ever.html for another story.  Based on the reaction from readers of this blog, I decided to write a book and found my co author Laura Mazzuca Toops through Facebook.  As soon as that was published, I found myself co-writing a script for a sequel film "Manos Returns" with Rachel Jackson and Tonjia Atomic and then a kickstarter to fund the filming.  Joe Sherlock came on board with us as a co producer and Director of Photography with Rachel as Assitant Director and Tonjia directing.  I acted in two of Joe Sherlock's films https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBIODszjxJ0  and recently a PSA short film for the Soska Sisters Women in Horror Blood Drive with Tonjia and Mi Chelle Nessk directing. The short is titled "Just a Prick"  http://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3480991/soska-sisters-assemble-massive-blood-drive-anthology-women-horror-month/  In between, I was a location coordinator for an upcoming Bigfoot film titled Primal Rage and also played a part, bringing my home and family into it.  That film has a national one night screening on Feb 27th and there is a Manos easter egg in the film because the Director of Photography, Jay Lee is a great guy and wanted to do it for me.  Let me know when you see the Manos reference when you see the film.  http://www.ihorror.com/movie-review-primal-rage/

Now I'm working on a screenplay for a film about the making of Manos.  It's looking like it will be pretty funny.  As you can just imagine, the story has a great deal of ridiculousness in it.  If you don't know how it all went down, read my book.  You can order it on Amazon here...https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Up-Manos-Hands-Child/dp/1593939221   or you can order an autographed copy directly from me here (includes shipping within the US) ...https://www.paypal.me/JackeyNeymanJones/22

I just started a new podcast titled Jackey Hand of Horror which you can hear my first episode here... https://soundcloud.com/handofhorropodcast/jackeys-hand-of-horror-episode-1-puppets-with-guest-mike-senna   Please follow me on facebook as well  https://www.facebook.com/handofhorror/

This is a big year with lots coming up and some traveling to a few Cons.  More on that later.  Gotta go.  Busy busy day and loving it.

If you've got a worthy project or want to connect or just want to see what I'm up to, find me on social media.





Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Making the Best of the Worst

I've looked at and studied on other people who are still alive and out in the world who are known for playing a part in a film that either Mystery Science Theater or Rifftrax had given the business to.  A few of them embrace the unique sort of fame and others prefer to leave the past in the past and be left alone.  I am one of  those who embrace this role in pop culture and have been heard to say, "If you can't make the best of it, make the best of the worst".  A really crazy thing is that I've been in two riffed films.  Manos: The Hand of Fate made famous through MST, and The Curse of Bigfoot, a lesser title with Rifftrax.  They had no relation to one another at all, and for me were about ten years apart in different parts of the country.  One in Texas and the other in California, but my dad was a factor in both. 
Although Manos has taken me places, I have yet to be invited to conventions or screening of Curse of Bigfoot and thats just fine.  The truth of that one is, I've never watched it all the way through because it really is just so awful.  I'm just an extra in one scene anyway, but still, weird.  Another odd thing is that now because of my association with Manos, I am appearing in another bigfoot film.  This time, it's a really good film and I have more screen time, as Vera, a woman hosting a tipi ceremony at her home.  It will have a one night premiere through Fathom Events.  Very worth checking out.  Find Primal Rage: The Legend of OhMa at a theater near you for Tuesday night  February 27th   https://www.amctheatres.com/movies/primal-rage-bigfoot-reborn-55908  Check out the trailer here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gDpTCpJ5Mk

The opportunities that have come from being part of Manos and the people I've met are an astoundingly surreal experience.  An experience which I am just now settling into, as many of the projects which have come my way are coming to fruition all at once. 

I got to be a judge for the 15 second Horror Film Challange this year and it was absolutely an incredible experience. A film in 15 seconds?  What!?  Just loved viewing them over and over and pairing it down to my favorites.  Again...an entire film in 15 seconds? Check it out and if you are a filmmaker or aspiring to be one, this is worth thinking about.  Enter next year.  http://15secondhorror.ca/

Gonna say Debbie Comic Book and leave that right there just like that for a bit.  Soon, very soon.

...and I believe that by this time next week, we'll have more news on our sequel film Manos Returns and where it will be premiering. 

If you are close by these places, please come visit with me at https://www.cinemawasteland.com/cinemashow/guests.html in Cleveland Ohio and   https://www.meadowlarkcomiccon.com/guests in Medford Oregon.  I will be announcing other appearances soon.

My brand new podcast first episode Debbies Hand of Horror is available for listening https://soundcloud.com/handofhorropodcast/jackeys-hand-of-horror-episode-1-puppets-with-guest-mike-senna  . 
Enjoy and follow me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/handofhorror/   

See you next Torgo Tuesday. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New Beginnings

Last year was rough.  The Master died, and although losing a parent means alot of different things for different people, if you've lost a parent or two, you may have some shit to deal with in one way or another.

 I dealt with my fathers sudden death in November 2016 as best as I could figure out how, but the way it chose to deal with me was another thing entirely and the depth and complexity of it all left me trudging along in a dark cloud for far too long for my comfort.  I still engaged and participated in almost everything I was invited to do and that was probably what did the most good.  A lot has happened.  A lot of healing. A lot of growth and still an optimistic ways to go.  I'm coming out of it and it feels good.

My dad, Tom Neyman set me on this path whether that was his intention or not.  He was an artist and so am I.  He was an empath and so am I.  He was a visionary and so am I.  We both could see so much while being limited by our own insecurities.  We both have been compelled to always reach out to new ideas while fearing the fall.  My path is a legacy he can own.

Through all the years since Manos: The Hands of Fate popped into Pop Culture consciousness I've engaged with fans, attended screenings and events and cons and had a blast.  It's not made a living but it is a great life and it's solely the fans who have made it possible for me to find so much love and joy in my time on the planet.

Many of the projects I've been working on... some of them for years, are all seemingly coming to fruition this year.  It's not just about opportunity, but timing too...and what one does with the little jewels that come along.  Because of this Manos journey and the friends I've made along the way, several new and very exciting projects are in the making.

It is now time for me to share a few of the opportunities I have the honor to be part of.

My new podcast, Jackey's Hand of Horror, will cover a variety of topics from Puppets to Zombie Animals and Spiders.  Please listen to the Revival League podcast and my interview with Grant Baciocco of the new Mystery Science Theater and stick around for my first episode of Jackey's Hand of Horror right after.
Jackey's Hand of Horror Podcast  February 8th

Women in Horror Month with the Soska Sisters and Blood Drive PSA.
 Tonjia Atomic and Mi Chelle Nesk teamed up to create a short, titled "Just A Prick" and I play a crazy lady character in it.  Watch the Soska Sisters You Tube page where they are releasing one independent film maker PSA per day for 30 days.  This will be one of them...and Please Give Blood!!

Primal Rage: The Legend of Oh Mah  February 27th
I am honored to have been a consultant and location coordinator for a couple of scenes in this film.  I have the part of Vera, the hostess of a healing ceremony and my whole family were extras in the tipi scene.  This is a very different kind of Bigfoot story.  This film is scheduled for a one night premiere through Fathom Events on February 27th.  Check out the Fathom Events site for a theater near you.

I am looking forward to being a guest at Cinema Wasteland this year. If you live in or are visiting the Cleveland area in April, please come see me.
Cinema Wasteland  Cleveland, Ohio April 6,7 and 8

I will be in Southern Oregon for Meadowlark Comic Con as a guest in May.  Stop by and visit with me.
Medowlark Comic Con   Medford, Oregon  May 12

There are several other projects in the works that I just can't wait  to share including Manos Returns.  So close....
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

25th Anniversary of Manos on MST

Today is the 25th anniversary of the day Mystery Science Theater aired the film, Manos: The Hands of Fate.  The low budget independent film was made in the spring of 1966, premiered on November 15th of that same year and then virtually disappeared for twenty-seven years until January 30th 1993 when Joel and the bots riffed it against their better judgement.   This was an episode in which they actually apologized to viewers…and they meant it.
 The audience loved it in a train wreck sort of way.  It was just so bad, they couldn’t look away.  Even The Master himself was watching the show that day in stunned silence.   
For me?  I was thrilled to finally find what I thought of as my family movie, and to verify all my surrounding memories after having given up the search so many years before.  I was able to get a VHS copy mailed to me, watched it alone, put it away and thought that was that.  I was satisfied.  That was not the end though.  Now was it?
 Since that fateful January day in 1993, a staggering number of Manos related and inspired creative projects have been birthed through theater, music, art, literature and film.  There have been amazing collaborations, along with a few battles.  Manos has been part of events and friendships. It has traveled to festivals in other countries.  It was rated as the MST fans all time favorite at the 2016 Annual Turkey Day Awards and is on Netflix as the first episode of the classic Mystery Science Theater show. 
Most important to me in all this, is the time that the resurgence of Manos: The Hands of Fate gave my dad and I to spend together.  After years of estrangement, Manos related activities became an acceptable way and we took advantage of those opportunities.  The Master, Tom Neyman radiated joy when I would catch him up on the Manos world.  He loved hearing about the fans and the projects and our last visit together a couple days before he passed away was focused on Manos when I showed him footage of himself in my new soon to be released film Manos Returns.
 I love my role in this Manos world.  I love the places it has taken me and the journey that continues.

Thank you, Mystery Science Theater, for dusting off an old relic and bringing it into the light twenty-five years ago.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Give ear to our Words, O Manos.

O Manos... thou of primal darkness! Thou who dwelleth in the depth of the universe in the black chasms of night! Thou who bestoweth the mother darkness upon thy faithful, to live eternally in her keeping. Thou dost make him most blessed forever! And thou who dost cursed with eternal burning life those whom transgress against thee! Holy art thou, holy art thou, holy art thou! Manos will be done! Thy priesthood remains steadfast, thy priesthood remains constant, thy priesthood remains righteous. Thou hast taught us, O Manos, and we hath listened. Give ear to our words, O Manos, and hear us! Hear us! Hear us! For we are faithful and thou art our God.
This was the monologue my dad aka Tom Neyman aka The Master in Manos: The Hands of Fate, spoke in the film. Although the script was written and the film directed by Hal Warren, dad wrote this monologue because, as he told me "In the original script Hal had me just standing that whole time with my arms spread out to show the robe. I wrote that so I would have more to do"
This leads me to the conclusion that Manos could have been worse, but the thing that strikes me more than that is a post shared by a fan who listens to this Manos prayer in times of challenge to lift him up.

Tom Neyman went to Seminary at TCU and was a youth pastor until he left the Disciples of Christ Church in 1963 and head for El Paso when I was 4 years old. I think my dad would be just stunned to know his seminary training helped someone so many years later. It blows my mind.
It Is The Will Of Manos!

Other than not having enough dialogue in the script, dad had plenty to do to help Hal make the movie dream come true, accepting charge of the sets, props, costumes, artwork,the kid and the dog. Everyone had plenty to do, and did do it for a promise of reimbursement, payment and possible future fame. We did not see payment or reimbursement and dad never was returned The Masters robe mom made or the Master and Dog painting he had painted. Hal kept those and passed them down to one of his children.

It is for certain not one of us could have imagined the form fame would eventually take.

After the premiere of Manos: The Hands of Fate, all who had been involved, scattered for good reason, and very little was spoken about it as everyone went on with their lives.  As an impressionable and observant kid, the film was very important to me because it was something my dad and I did together. It was special, then it was over and it was gone. I cherished the memories and as I got older began searching for the film without success.  Years after I had given up, Mystery Science Theater 3000 played it on January 30th 1993 on Comedy Central,  The Master happened to be watching from his easy chair on the Oregon Coast and got to see it the first time it aired.

To me, The Spirit of Manos evolved initially in the "getting through it" approach people took.  It became a badge of honor and something to share with friends.  It became a way to recognize others from the same tribe of Ironics and Msties.

For many years, Mystery Science Theater was the only way it could be viewed, and most felt it was the only way possible to even want to view it.  The fact it had always been in public domain due to the film not having a copyright, is the only way MST could have screened it, and because of that, it was allowed to become known.

In 2011 Ben Solovey had bought the original Manos work print in an Ebay auction, successfully raising Kickstarter funding to restore it.  Subsequent public screenings of the Restoration then gave me opportunity to attend a few events and talk Manos with fans as one of few surviving original cast members.

About this time is when the trouble started.

The son who boasted in Playboy Magazine that he had the painting on his wall and wears the Masters robe at Halloween began claiming he had a valid copyright on the film and demanded licensing and his permission for anything Manos related that I may want to do.  It became an email battle where I kept asking for proof that never came.  Other Manos inspired projects created by others fell under fire too, adding stress, no resolution and no compromise.  Time passed.

Now, the same son has applied for and been granted Trademark of the title Manos The Hands of Fate. We have kept close tabs on this and are taking every proper step to oppose the trademark final approval.

Why?  Because in his own words, Hal Warren's son refers to Manos inspired project as "tacky projects" which he intends to either demand "cease and desist", or payment in the form of licensing.  Those of us who are inspired enough to create Manos inspired projects are "money grubbers" and he intends to do something about it.  I believe he is over reaching on what a trademark will actually grant but I am quite certain it would be used as leverage to persuade. I also feel reasonably certain that much of the joy many of us get from Manos would be dimmed by all the dissension and negativity.  Time is very short to stop this from happening.  Once the final date arrives, it will be done unless we take action now.

We have filed a 90 day extention that will give time to prepare the opposition and file in time but we need your help.

Ben Solovey and I have a GoFundMe in place to fund the Legal Defense to  #KeepManosFree for all our enjoyment and inspiration.  Please go now and make a donation.  Every bit counts!

Legal Defense of Fate

Thank you and Manos Blessings.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Year of Manos

So much has happened in the Manos world in just the last year and few months.

 My new book Growing Up With Manos The Hands Of Fate. How I was the child star of the worst movie ever and lived to tell the story co authored by Laura Mazzuca Toops and forward by MST3k creator Joel Hodgson has earned five stars on Amazon. I love that readers are getting the book in just the way I intended and that they are so open and gracious with their responses to it. I am inspired and have begun my next book, "For The Love of Manos". A book of stories of love inspired by and involving Manos. It will begin with my own Manos love story. The one of my dad and I and of the opportunities Manos gave us to come together again after so many years of separation.

In May I attended Crypticon Seattle as a Special Guest for the first time as a Special Guest at any Con.  I had more fun than I could have imagined and soaked up every moment and every encounter with fans and new friends.  Cassandra Peterson /Elvira Mistress of the Dark was there as a guest also and seemed as happy to meet me as I was her although I doubt she had the geekout mental moment I did.  She loved Manos and asked a number of behind the scenes questions.

In October I drove up to Tacoma and Seattle Washington from my home in Oregon for a book signing at Comic Dungeon in Seattle and a Restoration screening and appearance at The Blue Mouse Theater

A sequel film that stars remaining living cast members of the original film, Jackey (Debbie), Tom Neyman (The Master) and Diane Mahree (Margaret). Manos Returns is currently in post production after a successful kickstarter last fall and followed by filming last summer.   Bryan Jennings, the son of the original Sheriff is also involved as an Executive Producer and is our new Sheriff. There is so much to tell of this story and will soon be a blog post unto itself.

The Chicago Music Box screened The Restoration on November 11th and invited me to attend.  The son of the Original Director of Photography Bob Guidry showed up as did original soundtrack vocalist Nicki Mathis and my co author Laura Mazucca Toops for a fun evening of greeting fans and Q and A onstage after the show.

I had a book signing scheduled at Bucket O Blood bookstore for the 13th and planned to enjoy Chicago on my day off. On the evening of the 12th, I got a terrible call from the hospital in Salem Oregon from a nurse asking me if I could call code on my father because they could reach no one else and he wasn't going to survive. She told me if she were with me, I would get a big hug and how sorry she was. It was a sleepless night and rough next day but I had a book signing to do and my dad would have been appalled if I had gone all that way and then cancelled because of him...So I went. I had little time to warn anyone other than the bookstore owners and somehow found balance and strength in the outpouring of love and support at the event. I had a Podcast also scheduled and we decided to go ahead with it and make it a tribute to dad. I am so glad we did and I hope you enjoy it.

Kickseat Podcast The Will of Manos

Mystery Science Theater held their annual Turkey Day Awards on November 24th just one day after what would have been dad's 81st birthday. Jonah Ray and Joel Hodgson announced the fans had voted and declared Manos The Hands of Fate as the All Time Fan Favorite.

Manos Returns director Tonjia Atomic, one of Manos Returns new star Nuria Aguilar and I had a lifetime experience of attending the Bring Back Mystery Science Theater screening of the first new episode at the Hollywood premiere in March where we met Joel Hodgson in person and got to meet some of the new stars of the new show, including Baron Vaghn and Jonah Ray.

Turned out Jonah and his wife are big Manos fans and even dressed up as The Master and Torgo for Halloween the year before.

When MST3k classic episodes released on Netflix just two weeks ago, Manos appeared listed as the number one episode of season one. My boyfriend was clicking around Netflix when he became a bit unnerved to see dad staring down at him.


These are the main high lights of my own Manos experiences. Other projects have been created and finished. Steven Sullivans books  https://www.amazon.com/Manos-Hands-Stephen-D-Sullivan/dp/1519301340  and the new coloring book by Jordan Colton Manos Coloring Book and these beautiful hand painted nesting dolls.  Manos Nesting Dolls  I have my own set!

Out of overwhelmingly positive experiences for all there is a dark cloud.  If you love Manos and if you believe that things that have only found their path through the freedom of Public Domain should remain available for creativity, then please spend a few more minutes looking at our campaign to oppose one individual from having the Trademark of the title Manos The Hands of Fate.  To hear me speak on the subject, I have a short interview with the Revival League Podcast here > https://soundcloud.com/mst3krevivalleaguepodcast/episode-fifty-four-baron-vaughn-10-backward-premiere-double-feature

Our Go Fund Me campaign is more than halfway to the goal but time is of the essence.  Please donate and share.  Any donation over $5. gets you a download of Manos Returns remake of a favorite song from the Manos soundtrack.  “Baby Do a Thing With Me” .  

Go Fund Me Manos Fate     #KeepManosFree

Couple more fun things below...just in case you haven't had enough of me for one day. 


Monday, February 13, 2017

I was in The Worst Movie Ever Made

My name is Jackey Neyman Jones and I was in “The Worst Movie Ever Made”.  
I am not only one of the last surviving actors of Manos: The Hands Of Fate , but the only one willing to talk about it,  living in the belief that if I can’t be the best, I’ll make the best from the worst. 
I played Debbie, the child star of Manos.  My dad Tom Neyman played the lead role of The Master and   was Creative Director, making all the props and artwork while mom designed and sewed the iconic Masters Robe along with the wrestling wives ethereal gauzy gowns.  Our family pet, Shanka the Doberman was cast a role as The Master’s evil dog.  Even Great Grandma’s handmade quilt made an appearance on the bed, making it truly a family film to me.
Manos: The Hands of Fate is a 1966 El Paso, Texas horror movie written directed and produced by Harold Warren and often taught in film classes as “Everything Not to do in filmmaking”.  From the camera work, editing, direction, script, acting and nearly everything else, it is one of the most notably inept films in existence and yet it’s certain charm has not only captured but held a fervent fan base since a public debut on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1993.   Since then, Manos has inspired a wide range of talented projects including but certainly not limited to a Portland Oregon parody stage production, a Seattle Washington Puppet show “Manos The Hands of Felt, video games, two coloring books, a remastered version of the original, a prequel, and a sequel.
While November 15th 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the disastrous premiere, a week later on November 23rd  , Manos was named the Fan Favorite of All Time  by MST3k hosts Joel Hodgson and Jonah Ray on their Annual Turkey Day Awards Marathon show. 
 I have lovingly tended to the flame of Manos for years through online connections to fans, Manos related creative projects and now my new book, Growing up with Manos The Hands of Fate with foreword written by Joel Hodgson creator of MST3K.  I also make public appearances at film festivals, conventions, book signings and screenings of the remastered version of Manos: The Hands of Fate where I share my personal memories with reminiscences of the cast and crew, telling behind-the-scenes story of Manos – from producer/director Hal Warren’s alleged bet with TV producer Stirling Silliphant that “anyone could make a movie,” to the tragic suicide of actor John Reynolds, who played Torgo, right up through the newest Manos-related projects that are carrying the film into the Internet age.  I share the story of how the original workprint was discovered and transformed to the remastered HD Blu-ray of the film.  How a Kickstarter funded indie sequel Manos Returns, produced, directed and written by women is bridging the male centric Manos of the 60’s with current fans and culture in a story that is relevant today.   I debunk myths (no, a Manos curse didn’t kill all the actors, despite the claims in the Hotel Torgo documentary), and share related pop culture facts (I also appeared as an extra in another MST3K film, “The Curse of Bigfoot”).
I am currently seeking new opportunities to share Manos with fans in various venues and at a range of events.  If this sounds interesting and if you know an event where I would be a good fit, please let me know.  Maybe I can come visit with you and Manos: The Hands of Fate fans in your area.

·         The Blue Mouse Theater   Tacoma Washington   December 2016
·         Comics Dungeon   Seattle Washington   December 2016
·         The Chicago Music Box Theater   Chicago, Illinois   November 2016
·         Bucket O Blood Bookstore   Chicago, Illinois   November 2016
·         Crypticon   Seattle Washington   May 2016
·         Seattle Independent Film Festival   Seattle Washington   August 2013
·          El Paso Classic Film Festival   El Paso Texas   August 2011
·         Hollywood Independent Film Festival  Hollywood California December 2011   


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