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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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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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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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Voytek Frykowski: What time is it?
Charles "Tex" Watson: Be quiet. Don't move or you're dead.
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Above Average TV Fare
21 May 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Doubtless this will be compared with the 1970s TV movie for most of the feedback on it. Having seen both, the main thoughts that come to mind are that in this version there is more emphasis and clarity on the motives and goals of Manson, as well as what life in the "Family" entailed. A lot of the story is shown through the eyes of Linda Kasabian.

But what really stands out is that unlike in this remake, in the 70's movie the writers had an extremely irritating penchant for 2 characters to have a conversation in a scene, and then one character suddenly starts talking to the camera like a narrator. Thankfully that is gone, and instead of 2 deadpan detectives talking about the crimes that happened, in this version they show what happened.

As anyone who has seen newsreels of the real Manson will attest, the acting of Jeremy Davies as Manson is excellent, even eerily hair raising in some scenes. It would be clear to anyone giving this a fair viewing that Davies has watched a lot of footage of Manson's talking style and mannerisms, and has done his homework quite well.

One drawback in this version is the sudden use of film negatives for 1 or 2 second shots, to try and make the violence look more dramatic, but these efforts usually just marred the scene.

Overall, well worth watching if you haven't seen it, or would like a fresh take on the Tate-LaBianca murders. Certainly better than most of the shallow junk on the tube these days.


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