The Manson Family (2004)
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Critic Reviews for The Manson Family
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.
Van Bebber has delivered a stylistically vigorous and often insightful piece of work.
There's no real journalism here, just the sort of appalling revisionism that can turn a bloodbath into a beach party.
The less-than-persuasive result is like mediocre leftover psychedelic '60s underground cinema.
Audience Reviews for The Manson Family
An effective docudrama about the cult of Manson which features mock interviews with the members of the cult along with flashbacks of their dirty deeds. Lots of sex, nudity, drug taking and graphic bloody stabbings. But it's all been shot in an hallucinogenic way with choppy editing, which I got and understood, but it didn't make for a comfortable viewing experience... a bit too wierd. It's not completely accurate to the original events either. Still, an interesting little fim.
Damn this movie was brutal! From the cover of the DVD I thought this movie was going to be more of a documentary. However it really wasnt,there were some interviews followed by some reinactments. The picture quilty of this movie was really,really bad. There was grain everywhere. This movie was creppy though. The Manson family is the story of Charles Manson's followers. How they were brainwashed to thinking that he was a God or something. Thier were many graphic sex scenes,much like a soft core porno. Then there were some of the most brutal deaths scenes I have ever seen! Which is saying alot bevilve me! This movie is defentiley not for the faint of heart. This movie might scare the shit out of you!
Interesting film that is most notable for being the infamous Van Beeber film. Years in the making, mostly in post, there were many articles and even a book put out before this film ever saw the light of day. I remember thinking I'd never get to see this. With that kind of anticipation, the film was sure to be a let down. Still, it's a great cross between an art film, bio pic and extreme horror with Van Beeber's expected anarchic style. Good stuff that really deserves a second viewing from me.
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