60 user 13 critic

Helter Skelter (2004)

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



(book), (book) | 1 more credit »
4,937 ( 324)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Helter Skelter (TV Movie 1976)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe
Manson (1973)
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hendrickson, Laurence Merrick
Stars: Mary Brunner, Vincent Bugliosi, Bruce Davis
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Top star Lilico undergoes multiple cosmetic surgeries to her entire body. As her surgeries show side effect, Lilico makes the lives of those around her miserable as she tries to deal with her career and her personal problems.

Director: Mika Ninagawa
Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Erika Sawajiri, Kiko Mizuhara
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

"The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" walks in the footsteps of the Manson Family, visiting over 40 locations related to the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders, and tying together the dozens of ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Dorsey
Stars: Ron Hale, Craig Harvey, Nikki Medlin
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

'Inside the MANSON Gang' The incredible behind the scenes, exclusive footage and true story of the most notorious white gang in American history, and the Trial of the 20th Century. Robert ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hendrickson
Stars: Mary Brunner, Bruce Davis, Lynette Fromme
To Catch a Killer (TV Movie 1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Riley, Margot Kidder


Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia 'Katie' Krenwinkel
Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
Bobby Beausoleil
Joey Dimarco
Detective Morrisy
Sgt. Whiteley
Rosemary LaBianca
Leno LaBianca
Catherine 'Gypsy' Share (as Yvonne De La Rosa)
Kathryn 'Kitty' Lutesinger


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Based on the true story of the Manson murders. See more »


Not Rated | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

16 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime la-ntâmplare  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In 2001, Jeremy Davies was in preparations for a different independent film about Charles Manson. He made a tape for the filmmakers of himself playing Manson and the tape became a popular bootleg in the industry. CBS cast Davies and allowed him to rewrite his lines due to his performance in the tape. See more »


The story takes place in 1969 but the phone Sharon Tate is talking on has an RJ10 connector which was not introduced till the late 1970s. See more »


Charles Manson: This court is out of order.
See more »


References Cry for Cindy (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Almost bad enough to be a classic
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I sure enjoyed this campy, terrible new version of Bugliosi's flawed, fascinating version of the Manson murders. I suppose the production's tragic flaw is that Warner Bros. was determined to exploit Jeremy Davies' uncanny Charles Manson impersonation, but unwilling to devote much time to it. It's difficult to say who could respect this version of the horrifying events which brought an end to hippiedom. Squeezed unhappily into a little over two hours, those familiar with the case will sneer at the ruthless editing and condensation of the facts and events surrounding the murders. Incredibly, the film comes to an abrupt halt before the trial, hastily summed up in text just before the final credits, even begins! Those only passingly familiar, or unfamiliar, with Manson will simply be left out in the cold by the completely incoherent, fragmented narrative. Luckily, it's loaded with camp value, and there are occasional glimmers of how great this version could have been if they had only pumped up the silliness a few more notches. On the DVD, for instance, there is an outtake of a scene where Susan Atkins breaks into a torrid go-go dance in prison, and you wish she would burst into song, too, so that the whole production would go where it obviously wants to go. Another laughable aspect is the consistent undermining of the various actresses' performances by their ludicrous wigs. Unfortunately, this production doesn't live up to the inherent promise of the source material, either as true crime, or as bad-taste comedy, so I can't give it four stars. Nevertheless, it's wrong-headed enough to be fun, even if all I could think while watching it was how much better it could have been if John Waters had directed it.

14 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 60 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Zach Braff tackles acting and directing on his new show "Alex, Inc.," and we take a look at the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time.

Watch the show