I find that many things inspire me. Whether it is a piece of art or an entry on Wikipedia, inspiration may come from the strangest of places. One thing I find the most inspiring is the B-Movie.
The B-Movie is proof that if someone cares enough, they will create a product that surpasses what it could have been. On the same note, they also show what happens when an artist decides to say “That’s good enough. Next scene, quickly.” The best B-movies have a certain unquantifiable quality that is hard to express. For example, there’s Manos: The Hands of Fate.
Manos is, by far, one of the worst films ever made. However, there’s something there that attracts people like me. Yes, it is fun to make fun of it, but at the same time, when I watch it, I actually enjoy it. Maybe I’m a cinematic masochist, or maybe I’m just seeing something that isn’t there. I mean, it’s the story of a happy family that comes across cult of brainwashed women that are all married to an immortal priest (The Master) dedicated to a strange, unknown god called “Manos”; how can that not be worth watching? It’s like glimpsing into the producer/writer/director’s mind and seeing his strange power fantasies come to life via the local acting talent.
I feel that Hal Warren (producer/writer/director) wanted, THIRSTED to do an exploitation film, but he just didn’t know how to go about it: the 10 minute wrestling match between all of the Master’s nightie-clad wives is proof of that. Then again, maybe that’s exactly what he wanted.
Well, I’m rambling. In order to get to the point, I must mention the Master’s servant, Torgo.
Yup. That’s Torgo. A satyr with a propensity for repeating himself, Torgo serves the Master, but becomes upset when the Master doesn’t allow him to have a wife. The Master punishes Torgo’s insolence by magically tearing off Torgo’s hand.
The fact that this movie got made and that everyone I know has (or will soon) seen it is an inspiration to me. It seems to suggest that if one tries hard enough, someone, somewhere, will love what you’ve done.