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July 5, 2016
The Oscar nominated Documentary of Charles Manson & his Family at the Californian Ranch, although not high in quality it contains a lot of actual footage from the Ranch & produced not long after Manson was charged & sentenced.

Has some compelling interviews of members of the ranch who still worship & believe Manson will be freed.

It's incredible how brainwashed they truly were & how in only four weeks they performed an unforgettably horrific murder. Basically a Sex Cult that turned sadistic in a short time, poorly made but still intriguing to view.
December 21, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
Super Reviewer
June 6, 2011
The most frightening documentary I have ever seen.
May 29, 2011
Rivetting and repulsive in equal measure.
½ November 15, 2009
Nominated for Best documentary, it didn't age very well and plays almost like one of these old educational films. Still it's pretty impressive to watch first hand accounts from members of the family like Squeaky, Gypsy, Clem and others.
It gives a better understanding of the role drugs like LSD, mescaline and belladonna played in breaking these people's personalities.
They're pathetic to watch really. You almost feel sorry for them.
June 18, 2009
The best documentary ever made on Charles Manson & his Family, comprised almost entirely of footage & interviews with Family members at their desert ranch during the time of the Manson trial. Also features detailed interviews & some amazing music by ex-followers Paul Watkins and Brooks Poston. Eerily enough, co-director Laurence Merrick was later shot to death in an allegedly unrelated robbery at his studio.
March 30, 2009
Esta vaina da miedo de verdad. Las historias más horribles son las verdaderas. Que locura.
½ February 19, 2009
Compelling document of the failure of the countureculture and the death of idealism. Both heartbreaking and horrific.
August 28, 2008
Simply the best documentary on Charlie and his 'family'. I particularly liked the bit where it tells of their plan to kidnap Frank Sinattra, cut his skin off and make it into purses to be sold in shops (while making him listen to his own music!). It gives you an idea of how twisted and dangerous (yet creative!) these people were.
August 18, 2008
Oscar-nominated documentary of Charles Manson and The Family shortly after the Tate/LaBianca murders with footage and interviews of Manson's inner circle. Disturbing. Total wackos whose death sentences were all commuted to life by a Supreme Court ruling. "Squeaky" would later go to jail for attempting to assassinate President Ford.
February 8, 2008
an interesting documentary to watch...
December 22, 2007
"I wish they all could be California Giiiiirrlls!" YIKES!
Super Reviewer
December 20, 2007
As the flower child movement of the late '60s began to fade, many free-loving youngsters sought worry-free refuge within social communes. Charles Manson, using a dangerous mixture of intoxicants and clever manipulation, invoked the potential to create his own 'Family' circle. By raiding restaurant and grocery store dumpsters, they ate like lower-class kings and queens. From his feel-good doctrines and seductive music, Manson's followers took on his twisted personality. Just like a sadistic tribe, Manson issued orders to his followers (male and female) to pillage, maim, torture, and terrify the Californian middle-to-upper class. This documentary chronicles the events leading up to, and following, the Tate and La Bianca murders - even taking first-hand testimony from various pivotal members of the Manson Family. His prostitution ring enabled the Family to take on new followers, gradually birthing children and raising them in Charlie's image. By following the Family in their everyday routine, we catch a lengthy glimpse of America's most controversial cult leader.
½ December 16, 2007
Makes up for its lack of footage of Charlie himself by creating an almost disturbingly idyllic image of life with the Family before misguided political activism and professional frustration perverted their mission statement.
December 10, 2007
Real footage from the Manson Family farm. Very in your face and chilling. Good documentary.
November 16, 2007
how do i get a copy of this????
November 13, 2007
trippy & insightful..some weird horse & kid on acid shots..sad, beautiful, haunting music by 2 guys who left the "family."
October 30, 2007
remember kids charlie loves you
½ October 19, 2007
An insight to one of the most notorious crime case in America. As close as you can get.
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