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Helter Skelter (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  16 May 2004 (USA)
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A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

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

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


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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 »

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The opening credits montage of iconic '60s imagery includes an adult cinema marquee showing the film Cry for Cindy which wasn't released until 1976. See more »

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Vincent Bugliosi: For the record, Steven Parent... was shot 4 times. Jay Sebring was shot once, and stabbed seven times. Voytek Frykowski... was shot twice, struck over the head with a blunt object 13 times, and stabbed 51 times. Abigail Folger was stabbed 28 times. Sharon Tate was stabbed 16 times.
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Made Steve Railsback Look Like Olivier
18 May 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

After watching the "remake" of Helter Skelter last night, I can't wait to pop in the far superior 1976 television version tonight. Bruno Kirby was not believable as Bugliosi, nor was Jeremy Davies as Manson, whereas their respective 1976 counterparts, George DiCenzo and Steve Railsback, nailed these difficult parts dead-on, virtually defining their real-life counterparts in the process.

This newer version actually shows the murders, whereas the original did not - whether this is an improvement or not is a matter of preference. The new version also spends some time developing the characters of the murder victims, another aspect lacking in the original.

The new cast tries hard, but no dice. The superlative performances in the original make this remake pale in comparison. By the way, the chick who played Susan Atkins in the original turned in one of the most chilling television performances ever - whatever happened to her and why have I never seen her in anything else? But I digress...

This new version struck me as though it had been slapped together rather quickly. Attempting to cram a complex piece of history into 3 hours (with commercials) does not work. I kept thinking I was watching Part I, and all of a sudden a bogus "American Graffiti" type written conclusion appears on the screen. The new version barely touched the trial, whereas the trial scenes accounted for a good chunk of the chills in the original.

Helter Skelter did not need to be remade unless someone was going to do it right. Where have you gone, Steve Railsback?


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