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Helter Skelter (2004)

A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

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Patricia 'Katie' Krenwinkel
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Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
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Bobby Beausoleil
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Milio
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Jerry
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Catherine 'Gypsy' Share (as Yvonne De La Rosa)
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Kathryn 'Kitty' Lutesinger
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A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

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How did one man turn all-American teens into cold-blooded killers? See more »


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Mary Lynn Rajskub originally auditioned for one of the victims before she was cast as Lynette Fromme. See more »

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When Susan/Sadie is dumpster diving for French fries, the straps on her dress change position repeatedly between shots (tied/untied, on the shoulder/off the shoulder). See more »

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Charles Manson: The time is now. Helter skelter.
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References Cry for Cindy (1976) See more »

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Not bad, but some crucial details missing...
18 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Although I liked this remake of the '76 version, the original still surpassed it by miles. Jeremy Davies gave a very good performance as Manson, yet didn't send chills down my spine like Steve Railsback did in the original. Although I understand that the focus of this remake was more on Manson and the family and less on the investigation and trial, I felt some key details were, maybe purposely, left out. One that really bothered me was the fact that on both nights, the killers wore dark clothing and brought changes of clothing with them, though in this version they wore whatever they happened to have on at the ranch. Tossing the bloody clothing and weapons over an embankment, they had discarded what eventually became some of the first physical pieces of evidence found linking them directly to the crimes, other than actual prints found at the crime scene. For a film that supposedly paid such close attention to detail, this was a big one to omit. All in all, worth seeing. Do see the original, though, and I think you'll agree that Steve Railsback gave an almost effortless performance as Manson, seeming to be looking at you right through your TV screen.


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