It looks like there will be a screening of "Manos: The Hands of Fate" tonight. It just won't be part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival.
Tonight's 10:30 p.m. show at the Plaza Theatre was canceled after concerns over licensing of the film were raised, PCFF officials said.
They declined to elaborate.
But Charles Horak, artistic director of the El Paso Community Foundation event, said it's his understanding that Ben Solovey, who has been restoring the 1966 El Paso-made cult film in high-definition, will give a free showing around 10:30 tonight in a ballroom at the Camino Real Hotel.
Solovey and cast member Jackey Neyman-Jones, who played young Debbie in what is considered one of the worst movies ever made, will attend. They were supposed to appear at the PCFF's showing at the Plaza Theatre, after tonight's "Al Pacino: One Night Only" event.
"I'll apologize to everyone, refund their tickets and tell them to have a great time with (Ben) and Jackey," Horak said.
He stressed that the "Manos" showing was no longer a festival event.
"I'm not involved, the festival is not involved and the Community Foundation is not involved," Horak said.
I wasn't able to reach Solovey or Neyman-Jones for comment, but in a previous conversation she referred to some of the myths and problems that have followed the film, considered one of the worst ever made, as "the curse of 'Manos.'"