That's what appears to be happening with 1966's MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, which is witnessing a merchandising renaissance worthy of STAR WARS. Not only is the film getting a digital restoration on Blu-ray and DVD in October, but the movie's soundtrack will be released on vinyl in September.
The soundtrack features liner notes from Videoscope columnist Tim Ferrante and artwork from Garrett T. McDonald. A "Master Variant" edition in red and black vinyl will also be available. You can listen to a sample HERE.
You can add these products to a heap that already includes both MST3K and RiffTrax versions of the film, the puppet-show "re-imagining" MANOS: THE HANDS OF FELT, a documentary titled MANOS: THE LOCATIONS OF FATE, and at least one video game adaption. All of which begs the question, "Dude? What the fuck?" (Note: That might actually be two questions.)
At heart, I'm an anarchist, so I adore watching things turn to shit. But I think we might actually have hit some sort of post-ironic wall with our collective obsession with the tragically terrible. I never imaged, way back in 1993 when MANOS first aired on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, that we'd still be talking about the film more than 20 years later. And I'm not sure this fascination is a healthy thing.
That being said, I'm totally ordering the soundtrack.
Don't be like me, kids!