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Helter Skelter (1976)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 April 1976
The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

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Chilling story of the investigation and trial of Charles Manson, leader of a strange cult which under his direction and 'control' committed numerous murders. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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His name is Charles Manson. His disciples call him God. HE PREACHED DEATH!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Massacre in Hollywood  »

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Trivia

The Manson's "Family" car was the original one used by them, which was loaned by the authorities. See more »

Goofs

The rope used as evidence in the courtroom is made of yellow hemp, but moments later, in the flashback scenes, it is made of white cotton fiber. See more »

Quotes

Ronnie Howard: What's your name, honey?
Susan Atkins: Sadie. Sexy Sadie.
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Connections

Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Scratching Peace Symbols on Your Tombstone
(a.k.a. "First They Made Me Sleep in the Closet")
Written by Charles Manson
Performed by Steve Railsback and assorted "Family" members
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The most terrifying made for TV movies ever made!
14 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is quite long but it is definitely worth sitting through! It is quite simply the best made-for TV movie ever made and held it's head high as the most popular made-for TV movie in history for several years and with good reason. It is a meticulously accurate portrayal of the crimes of Charles Manson and his "Family" and brags an absolutely chilling performance by Steve Railsback as Charlie. All of the actors and actresses in this film put on stellar performances in particular Marilyn Burns is heart wrenching as she breaks down on the witness stand with her portrayal of Linda Kasbian, the one "family" member involved in both nights of murder who did not actually murder anyone and who would later turn state's evidence and help secure their convictions. The scariest thing about this film is the reality of it. The fact that people like this actually exist in this world is very frightening as is the idea that one man could convince so many others to lie, cheat, steal and ultimately kill for him. There was a re-make to this film made in 2003 which leaves a lot to be desired but if your going to watch anything, watch the original. The re-make delves a bit more specifically into the murders themselves but this film is based on fact and court transcripts. Watch also for a special appearance by Eillen Dietz (Linda Blair's stunt double and the face of the demon Pazzuzu in "The Exorcist") as one of Manson's disciples.


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