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The Manson Family (1997)

A dramatization of the horrific and notorious Manson Family Murders, in the form of super 8 home movies.

Director:

Jim Van Bebber

Writer:

Jim Van Bebber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcelo Games Marcelo Games ... Charles Manson
Marc Pitman ... Charles 'Tex' Watson
Leslie Orr Leslie Orr ... Patty Krenwinkel
Maureen Allisse Maureen Allisse ... Susan 'Sadie' Atkins
Amy Yates Amy Yates ... Leslie van Houten
Jim Van Bebber Jim Van Bebber ... Bobby
Tom Burns Tom Burns ... Clem Watkins
Michelle Briggs Michelle Briggs ... Linda Kasabian
Sherri Rickman Sherri Rickman ... Snake
Nate Pennington Nate Pennington ... Shorty
M.M. Jones M.M. Jones ... Ronald
Carl Day Carl Day ... Jack Wilson
Jim Sayer Jim Sayer ... Bob
Mark Gillespie Mark Gillespie ... Terry
Paul Harper Paul Harper ... Jerry
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Storyline

If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. On a ranch outside of Los Angeles, the dream of the "Love Generation" is transforming into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman's paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the "Family," become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter are considered the path to righteousness.Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) delivers a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, a group hell-bent on executing the brutal vision of its leader, Charles Manson. You've seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of THE MANSOSN FAMILY. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violence, strong sexual content/nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Because of the nightmarish budget troubles, 'Jim VanBebber' openly stated on set that he would not even think about trying to start another project unless he had all the funds properly secured. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Unrated version runs 95 minutes (with 11 extra minutes of footage) and the R rated version is 84 minutes. See more »

Connections

Edited into Destination Planet Rock (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Psychotic
Written by Phil Anselmo (as Philip Anselmo) and Ross Karpelman
Performed by The Disembodied
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User Reviews

 
Gritty and disturbing horror film.
8 March 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Jim Van Bebber's "The Manson Family" is an extremely violent and bloody horror film that reconstructs the early activities of the Family and their descent into the Tate-LaBianca killings.Van Bebber mixes this with a contemporary sub plot involving tabloid journalist Jack Wilson's quest to film a documentary on the subject.The film is loaded with plenty of sex and full-frontal nudity.The final third of "The Manson Family" is a grueling nightmare with some of the most sadistic and savage murders ever captured on screen.The acting is generally amateurish,although Marc Pitman is truly impressive as Tex.The photography perfectly captures the hazy sex-and-drug fuelled lifestyle that Charlie and his largely female disciples indulged in on their Californian ranch.The killings themselves are extremely graphic and gory as hell,so I was satisfied.The scene of blood drinking orgy is truly frightening as is the slow progression of Charlie from a peaceful Jesus Christ figure to Satan himself."The Manson Family" is easily one of the most controversial and disturbing horror films ever made.Give it a look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cult Killers See more »

Filming Locations:

Dayton, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,647, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$19,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,140
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mercury Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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