5.5/10
2,826
74 user 93 critic

The Manson Family (1997)

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

Director:

Writer:

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens' leader's girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it's Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Van Bebber
Stars: Paul Harper, Jim Van Bebber, Megan Murphy
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
Combat Shock (1984)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle.

Director: Buddy Giovinazzo
Stars: Rick Giovinazzo, Veronica Stork, Mitch Maglio
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two brothers tour Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man. One is devoted to The Family.

Director: J. Davis
Stars: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts
Short | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of directionless, bored, drug-using teenagers get involved in a cult, resulting in a murder.

Director: Jim Van Bebber
Stars: Jim Van Bebber, Terek Puckett, Alydra Kelly
Nekromantik 2 (1991)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A female nurse desperately tries to hide her feelings of necrophilia from her new boyfriend, but still has pieces of the corpse of the first movie's hero in her possession.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit
Stars: Monika M., Mark Reeder, Lena Braun
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
Manson Family Movies (Video 1984)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In response to the legend that the "Manson Family" may have filmed themselves in some of theirs exploits, this film is a re-creation as to what a film of their may have been like. The film,... See full summary »

Director: John Aes-Nihil
Stars: Rick the Precious Dove, John Aes-Nihil, Katie Lazarus
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An unflinching chronicle of Charles Manson's life leading up to the orchestration of the Tate and LaBianca murders..

Director: Brandon Slagle
Stars: Ryan Kiser, Devanny Pinn, Reid Warner
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
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay
Drama | History | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven
Stars: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina
Edit

Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You've seen the story through the eyes of the law... Now see it through the eyes of The Manson Family See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 July 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie's Family  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,647, 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,140, 31 October 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite the extremely heavy use of violence, sex, nudity and drug use, this film is not banned in any country. See more »


Soundtracks

Hippie Trip
Written by Phil Anselmo (as Philip Anselmo) and Ross Karpelman
Performed by Body and Blood
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Campy Film For Sure, But It's About Time Someone Showed What Silly Weirdos the Family Was.
30 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

**1/2 out of ****

By golly, it's about time that a film about the Manson Family wasn't made to be more of an event then it really was. I mean sure, it is very tragic that those people died, I always will mourn for their families and them, being that they were innocent people who did not deserve to die, but the family isn't something that should be really feared. When you really break it down, the members of the cult were not smart people. They didn't ask questions as to what was the purpose was for murdering all those innocent people, they didn't see Charlie as someone who should not be taken seriously, and they didn't even know who they were murdering. They were very foolish people, and they should be anything but feared. I don't understand the rationale of someone who finds the incident of the cult to be so shocking. I mean sure, it's shocking that these people actually went out and committed these murders, but they were just a group of people who had obviously lost too many braincells. That is why I thought this was a good movie. Because it is honest, shows the incident from the evil side, and does it in a responsible and realistic manner.

The film structure consists of the members of the family being interviewed in jail about what they did. We briefly see Charlie as the ringleader and we see him as a foolish looking funny man who mostly doesn't know what he is talking about. The film builds up to a Roman Polanski's MACBETH style third act in which the family goes on their killing spree, but by the time they begin to do these things, the audience realizes that these people don't have any rationale except for hate, and they gradually became blinded by it and began thinking that they were doing something of purpose, which they were certainly not.

I don't recommend this to the casual movie goer. People who rent this thinking that it's just a horror film are wrong. This is not just a horror film. This is an extremely disturbing, gruesome, tasteless, and senselessly brutal film that just so happens to depict an honest representation of the family. People who will see this film will wonder if it merits any purpose. Indeed, it may not. That is not the point though. The point is that Mario Vanbebbler wanted to make the most realistic version of The Manson Family as possible, so even though the film may not be good, I am happy to say that he has succeeded in doing exactly what he wanted. That is something I greatly admire, and that's why I like this film.

Not Rated. Adults only. contains explicit violence and sexuality, and drug use.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 74 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial