A nice remake to the cheesy docu-drama about Charlie Manson.
Helter Skelter (2004) was a much needed remake of the original
made-for-t.v.-movie about Chuckles a.k.a. Charles Manson and the
murders his "family" committed. Instead of mugging and hamming it up in
front of the camera, the actor who plays him this time shows him as a
mad individual who has a brilliant mind that's always ticking
underneath his crazy facade. The real star of this movie is Clea DuVall
who stars as Linda Kasabian, a young lady who was caught up with the
family and saw first hand how Charles Manson was no ordinary eccentric.
He's a Napoleon hat wearing nut job. What I enjoyed about this version
was the fact that it wasn't one sided. The movie showed both sides on
an even keel (which was sorely missing from the first one).
Highly recommended for Charles Manson buffs and for fans of the first
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didnt realize there were so mand different remakes of this movie. this one certainly blooks better than 71 and 74 versions Dont waist your time with hot tub time machine - stupid !.
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This movie really helps get into the mind of the Manson family..
saw the documentary now i need to see this remake.
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Interesting but not all it could have been
There have been numerous plays and films written about the notorious
Manson murders of the 1960s and 1970s and this one is a fascinating but
still not quite definitive look at Manson and his 'Family'. I did find
it more enjoyable than the last film I saw on this subject, 'The Manson
Family'. This one shows much more restraint and is better written, with
a greater emphasis on the psychology of Manson and his followers.
The film shows the Hinman murder and the Tate-LaBianca killings, and
the leadup to the trial where Manson and five of his minions were
eventually convicted of mass murder. In the interim there is some
flashback detailing some of Manson's psychology and the bizarre
philosophy behind the murders.
There was enough good dialogue to make it watchable and the complex
events the film portrays are covered very well. However, the film does
not do all it could in this respect. First off, I am against actual
re-enactments of the murders. It feels sensationalised, grotesque and
unnecessary to do this, especially as since these murders actually
happened and are not fictional.
Secondly, I am unhappy with Jeremy Davies' portrayal of Manson as a
one-note lunatic. Despite some good writing, his portrayal does not
make Manson's domination of his followers seem remotely plausible and
it would have been nice to see more of Manson's background, especially
how he developed and gained power over his 'family'.
Thirdly, the film cuts out before the actual trial takes place. Cutting
out the trial is a knock to prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, who stood up
to Manson (who made numerous attempts to intimidate him) and worked his
backside off to nail him. To see the lawyer in action, and more of his
relationship with Manson, would have been very interesting.
That said, there are some great performances here. Clea Duvall makes a
fetching Linda Kasabian and her journey is movingly rendered.
Marguerite Moreau makes a seductively sexy Susan Atkins and, although
she is playing a cold-blooded killer, is very enjoyable to watch. Bruno
Kirby is slightly miscast as Vincent Bugliosi. He is ten years too old
and a tad top heavy, but he does capture the tenacity and compassion of
the man and when he turns up he feels like a fresh breath of sanity in
the midst of all the blood and madness.
A good picture but there are still some areas of the Manson cult,
asides from the murders themselves, that could still be explored on