The Manson Family
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The fictitious TV show 'Crime Scene' conducts new jailhouse interviews with the members of Charlie's Family as they recollect the events of the summer of '69. Although the participants, Tex Adie, Lesley and Bobbie, often contradict one another to either show themselves vaguely as innocents or to sensationalize the story event further, the portrait of the '60s ideals of freedom and expression are twisted beyond recognition. The interviews are interspersed with devastatingly authentic dramatic recreations of mythical Manson family home movies. It starts with a group of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"A nauseating mélange."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"There's no real journalism here, just the sort of appalling revisionism that can turn a bloodbath into a beach party."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"a true feast of flesh made even worse on an unrated DVD"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Titillation and drive-in exploitation tactics are readily employed to keep the viewer watching, with a filmmaking approach coasting along in a psychedelic documentary mode."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Van Bebber's film is tough, difficult, sporadically brilliant cinema, to be sure, and I doubt he'd have had it any other way."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Its own mythology aside, this flamboyant, graphic and disturbing quasi-docu reenactment of a notorious chapter in U.S. counterculture life is a fascinating if peculiar accomplishment."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The less-than-persuasive result is like mediocre leftover psychedelic '60s underground cinema."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"You feel sick and indicted by it--and that's exactly how you ought to feel."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"... an acid movie flashback a la Oliver Stone."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"More work goes into mimicking the oversaturated colors, shrill organ music and goopy gore of Grade-C 1970s horror films in a lurid yet predictable stew of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"Van Bebber has delivered a stylistically vigorous and often insightful piece of work."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It seems little more than the heir to Survive!, The Zodiac Killer and other unsavory 1970s horror cheapies that tried to turn a quick buck on real-life tragedy."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"...grotesquely violent, but shouldn't a film about the Manson atrocities disgust us?"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Helter Skelter is a song by the Beatles, a slogan adopted by the Charles Manson 'family' and a description of how disorganized The Manson Family is."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's one great, blood-curdling Halloween treat."
‑ , E! Online
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