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The Manson Family (1997)

A dramatization of the horrific and notorious Manson Family Murders, in the form of super 8 home movies.

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Leslie Orr ...
Patty Krenwinkel
Maureen Allisse ...
Amy Yates ...
Jim Van Bebber ...
Bobby
Tom Burns ...
Clem Watkins
Michelle Briggs ...
Sherri Rickman ...
Snake
Nate Pennington ...
Shorty
M.M. Jones ...
Ronald
Carl Day ...
Jack Wilson
Jim Sayer ...
Bob
Mark Gillespie ...
Terry
Paul Harper ...
Jerry
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If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. On a ranch outside of Los Angeles, the dream of the "Love Generation" is transforming into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman's paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the "Family," become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter are considered the path to righteousness.Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) delivers a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, a group hell-bent on executing the brutal vision of its leader, Charles Manson. You've seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of THE MANSOSN FAMILY. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong grisly violence, strong sexual content/nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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23 July 2004 (UK)  »

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$11,647 (USA) (24 October 2004)

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$19,140 (USA) (31 October 2004)
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Trivia

The band Skinny Puppy supply most of the original score. Jim Van Bebber once directed a music video of one of their songs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The VanBebber Family (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Orchestra & Girls #3
Written by Ole Georg (as Henrik Nielsen)
Published by Kronborg Publishing (BMI)
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Horrifically trippy.
2 September 2005 | by (The IMDb Horror Board!) – See all my reviews

Director Jim Van Bebber finally got his low budget Manson picture released. Was it worth the wait? Sure, if you're interested in the case, that is. From what I can gather, the film is fairly accurate with its portrayal of events, actions, and even some dialogue. Van Bebber does take some liberty though, showing a few things that were only suspected in the real case. I guess that's to be expected. Anyway, the movie basically shows the story from the Manson Family's point of view, complete with faux interviews, tied together with a running subplot of a modern TV station putting together a documentary on Manson and his followers. Obviously, it is a very violent and disturbing movie, not shying away from the drug use, orgies, or murders. The shot of his three female followers with shaved heads, coming down the courtroom stairs, is a haunting one. The movie as a whole is not great, though I did find it intriguing, horrifically trippy, and ultimately tragic. It's a shame that some youths still look up to the guy, even wearing shirts with Manson's picture on it. The two DVD set includes two feature length documentaries and a short interview with Charlie Manson. Boy, is he out there.


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