62 Jackie Raye Neyman Jones
The Creative Nomad with
Jackie Raye Neyman Jones
Why I loved this interview:
Jackey is the epitome of a classic Hollywood story! Having acted in “The Worst Movie Ever” as a child she has carved out a life full of art, creativity, and passion!
Jackey Neyman Jones was in “The Worst Movie Ever Made”.
She is 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 she can’t be the best, she’ll make the best from the worst.
She played Debbie, the child star of Manos. Her dad Tom Neyman played the lead role of The Master and was Creative Director, making all the props and artwork while her mom designed and sewed the iconic Masters Robe along with the wrestling wives ethereal gauzy gowns.
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 has a certain charm which 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, a sequel and several books. I’ve enjoyed interviewing with a number of publications including Playboy Magazine and Cracked.com. A great new project headed by Willow Poulson successfully funded in early 2021 and we filmed the pilot episode of Manos: The Debbie Chronicles in April, with a goal of securing a distributor and creating additional episodes of the character, Debbie, who has escaped the Valley Lodge and now battles evil in the world.
While November 15th 2021 will mark the 55th anniversary of the disastrous premiere, 27 years from its creation, on November 23rd 1993, Manos was named the Fan Favorite Of All Time by MST3k host Joel Hodgson on the Annual Turkey Day Awards Marathon show, and continues to entertains a very loyal and continually expanding fan base.
She is currently seeking new opportunities to share Manos with fans in various venues and at a range of events. If this sounds interesting to you and you feel I would be a good fit for your event, let’s talk. Thank you!