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

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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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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 »

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Charles Manson: Come to now, where suddenly no sense, makes sense.
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References Cry for Cindy (1976) See more »

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The new "Helter Skelter" shows the other side of the story.
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Helter Skelter 2004 really brought back all those events of August 1969. The new updated version made no attempt to out-do the 1976 television movie. Instead, it really showed more of the evil-persona of Charlie Manson and how he manipulated the members of his "family" to do his evil bidding.

Jeremy Davis was excellent as Manson. He had big shoes to fill over Steve Railsback's performance in 1976. Alison Smith's, Catherine Wadkins', and Margerite Moreau's performances really made my hair stand on end. The visuals of this film were well shown, right down to the reversed "negative" images when the killings were done. Who needs to see the actual blood and gore as there is to much of that detached violence portrayal.

You had to live in the era to really understand the impact of these disgusting crimes. The 1976 telefilm version was only seven years after the fact and it was frightening to watch back then. This new version was also frightening as it showed how an evil individual could have so much influence over certain people.

May Charlie Manson never get out of prison. If so, he could do this all again.


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