The Manson Family (2003)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcelo Games ...
Marc Pitman ...
Leslie Orr ...
Patty Krenwinkel
Maureen Allisse ...
Amy Yates ...
Jim Van Bebber ...
Tom Burns ...
Clem Watkins
Michelle Briggs ...
Sherri Rickman ...
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M.M. Jones ...
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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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You've seen the story through the eyes of the law... Now see it through the eyes of The Manson Family

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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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Jim Van Bebber made the short film "My Sweet Satan" to fund the rest of this film, he also raised additional funds when he showed 15 minutes of uncut footage of the film at underground theaters. See more »


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much emphasis on the meaning/meaningless of words
12 January 2007 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Many years in the making this is, if ultimately rather sad and depressing with a confused ending, an involving documentary style depiction of what life may well have been like within the notorious 'family'. At the beginning there is a fair mix of youngsters held together largely by sex and quasi religion. Largely it's the girls that talk of Jesus whilst disrobing and the men of, f***ing. Fuelled by dope and acid they go their merry way for a while but then interestingly Charlie reckons a mix of blood and death will keep the group alive. And so it does but always of course spiralling hell bent towards the inevitable, 'helter skelter'. The best and worst of the hippie movement is depicted here in what was essentially it's death throws. Bebber makes considerable play on the racist slant to the 'family' belief structure and their fear of a black takeover, none of which have I been aware of before. Very interesting with lots of gore and bare flesh with much emphasis on the meaning/meaningless of words, gullibility and the mighty power of the promise of sex and violence.

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