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"Citizen Kane" is often called the greatest movie ever. What's the worst?


Not surprisingly, there are a lot of opinions on which movie is the all-time lousiest. While The Master of Disguise and Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie are strong contenders for the title, we thought it best to consult the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), which features a Bottom 100 movies list. According to IMDb users, the worst movie, with a rating of 1.6 out of 10, is (drumroll, please) Manos, the Hands of
Fate.
Manos was written and directed by Harold P. Warren, a fertilizer salesman from El Paso, Texas. In the 1960s, he met with Stirling Silliphant (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of In the Heat of the Night) and was inspired to produce a low-budget horror film. He cranked out a script, grabbed a few college kids and local actors, and raised $19,000 to pay for the film.

At the first showing of Manos, which took place in an El Paso theater, the audience's non-stop laughter caused the cast and crew to leave the show early. Since then, the film has become "the yardstick by which all bad movies are measured." As for Warren, he wisely denied the existence of his film until his death in 1986.

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