In this "Helter Skelter" film, Manson is shown with an "X" mark on his forehead. In real life Manson wore a Nazi Swastika tattoo on his forehead. (During the trial he carved the x to represent "his being x'd out of society" it wouldn't be until sometime later he turned it into the swastika. See more »
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 »
Mother Theresa was wrongly rewarded if we are to take this revisionist view of the Manson Family slaughter at it's face value. Linda Kasabian is presented as something like a wandering Brady kid who just made a few wrong choices.
The actors played their parts as though they were in an episode of NYPD Blue or Law & Order, with all the hip, urban "I've seen this all before" attitude -completely undermining the horror of the fact that during the time period the events took place NO ONE had seen ANYTHING like this before (that's why the crimes were so shocking).
Along similar lines, the entire look of the film was like watching a modern cop drama -the cinematography never once let go of the NYPD Blue graininess and roving camera moves. Aside from the old cars and very bad hippie hair, nothing about this film looked very "period."
The actor playing Bugliosi was particularly out of place, seeming like a demented cross between Joe Pesci and Tony Soprano. I kept expecting him to turn to the judge and say "You see your honor, there were these two yoots..." Or look Charlie in the eye and say something like "Am I a clown? Do I amuse you?"
Skip this exploitative redress and stick to the original.
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