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The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009)

Hosted by Hollywood historian Scott Michaels , Mike Dorsey  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hosted by Hollywood historian Scott Michaels
  • Directors: Mike Dorsey
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0UNZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" on IMDb

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The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter is a hauntingly unique retelling of the notorious Manson Family Murders. With original Manson Family music recordings, rare vintage photos of the story's major players, and never-before-seen autopsy reports, viewers are taken on an insightful exploration of over 40 key locations associated with the spree that rocked Los Angeles - and shocked the world - in August 1969.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Original! January 6, 2009
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This is the best current Helter Skelter documentary. Host Scott Michaels takes you step by step through the events of that fateful night and you get to see the actual locations where these events occured. If you live in California you can find some of these places on your own, but for those of us who don't, this is the next best thing to taking the actual tour.

There are little tid bits here and there that are interesting as well. In the 'extras' section we get to see the spot where there was the house that Squeaky Fromme grew up in, did you know she signed her name in the concrete? It is these little bits of info that make this a cut above the rest. We also get a trip through the house next to the Tate house, the owner believes it's haunted.

The main documentary is great at showing you these places and the things that you just don't get when looking at photographs. If this case is of interest to you this is a must have. The production quality of the DVD is very good- and the presentation is both entertaining and informative. An eerie scene is the host walking up Cielo Drive near midnight on the anniversary of the murders toward the gate at the former Tate residence. This is the stuff you don't see on A&E!

***UPDATE 12/2009*** - The review written above is for the original release (now out of print) of this documentary. The version available now is released through 'Echo Bridge Entertainment' and does not include the extras mentioned above. It is still the same documentary with an added mention about the fire that ripped through Barkers Ranch - but nothing on Squeaky Fromme's house - no extras.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously creepy documentary, absolutely a MUST WATCH!! February 22, 2009
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I wasn't entirely versed on the Charles Manson murders so this movie was, first of all, terrifyingly eye-opening for me. This is seriously one of the creepiest murders not only in Hollywood history but in American history, and the documentary retells the story in chilling detail with all the gruesome images to accompany it. Yes, the film is historically accurate and educational, but it is also surprisingly edge-of-your-seat and scary! If you're waiting for a calm moment to take that next bite of popcorn, you're going to be waiting a long time (like I was)! I watched this movie with friends for two different movie nights and everyone was successfully creeped out and impressed!! Buy this movie, you won't be disappointed!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS ONE AWESOME VIDEO FOR MANSON CASE FOLLOWERS March 10, 2009
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THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST INFORMATIVE VIDEOS ON THE CASE I HAVE EVER WATCHED..I'M SO GLAD I TALKED MYSELF INTO BUYING IT.THERES STUFF IN THERE I HAVE NEVER KNEW AND I THOUGHT I KNEW MOST OF IT..THANK'S TO THE PPL WHO MADE IT..AND FOR THIS TO BE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MURDER'S AND TO GET IT NOW WAS LIKE OH MY TOOK ME BACK TO THE ACTUALL TIME'S THE EVENT'S ACCURED.
THANK'S FOR THE DVD GUY'S
THANKS SO MUCH
VON
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History Lesson for Film and Crime Buffs January 8, 2009
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This DVD is excellent. A great deal of time and research has been put into the creation of it and to me it is one of the best at showing the viewer the world that surrounded The Manson Family as well as Sharon Tate and the other victims.

Scott Michaels films the locations where the horrific events of August 9th & 10th, 1969 took place. He in informed and clearly has a passion for presenting the facts. I look forward to buying other DVD's of his.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Helter Skelter Documentary! April 16, 2009
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This is the best Manson murders documentary i've ever seen! It is a must have for anyone who is interested in "Helter Skelter". Having read many books on the subject i was surprised to learn new things about this famous case after viewing this excellent documentary. Plenty of research was done to make this a fully realized documentary, my compliments to it's creators. Other documentaries about this subject left me feeling like i didn't get the whole picture. Reviewers on Amazon have already done a great job mentioning it's contents so i won't elaborate. All i want to say is if you are thinking about purchasing this, do it! You won't be disappointed. I am so glad i purchased this and will recommend it to others.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helter Skelter Doc Takes You There and Beyond! February 1, 2009
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Veteran LA Tour Guide Scott Michaels has done it again with the release of his second documentary, The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter. In this 90 minute tour, Michaels takes you behind the scenes and inside the minds of the Manson Family as he explores the murders of August 1969 and visits the sites today, not only of the murder locations, but of every site associated with the victims, the killers, the friends and hangers-on. By the time he winds up at Barker Ranch out in Death Valley, the last spot on earth where Charles Manson was a free man, where the remnants of Tex Watson's car remain today, you will know you have seen the definitive Manson documentary, the likes of which have never been seen before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Horror February 14, 2012
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Watched this today and was completely riveted. Also this film made me want to visit California for the history there is dense and mythic. The documentary works on various levels. What really grabbed me was seeing the actual houses of the victims, and also the Spahn Ranch where Manson & his following shacked up. More disconcerting are the actual crime scene color photos showing the victims (which also have been on the Internet for a while now). Some myths are set straight too. No, Sharon Tate's baby was not cut out of her womb, and the evidence is right here. What a cast of characters in addition to the freak show we already knew about: Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Terry Melcher, Doris Day's son, Robert Evans, head of Paramount, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty (friends of Sharon Tate's husband Roman Polanski) and the Beatles re song "Helter Skelter." Also musician Trent Reznor lived in hair stylist and Manson victim Jay Sebring's house (scene of the Tate murder - I think), so you see interior of that house as well. While moving out, Trent helped himself to the front door which infamously had the word PIG painted in blood on it courtesy of Susan Atkins. The house has now been demolished but it's surprising what has remained - like Tex Watson's truck still sitting in a very remote area.

Interesting fact revealed: the killers left watermelon rinds in the sink at one crime scene so investigators would deduct black people were behind the murders. At the core of Manson's philosophy was his belief that a race war was coming, and he was a true racist. Also, a man whom Manson thought he had murdered, but actually survived, showed up at the trial to testify, and Mansion upon seeing him in the courthouse corridor shrugged and offered "No hard feelings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars simple,to the point,great photos.
this may be low buget but the imformation packed video brings back history.scott michaels is a great host ,if some well known person would have done it maynot have gripped me so... Read more
Published 16 days ago by jim
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't know "jack"
Humphft.....this guy Dorsey is a creep because he's a typical weirdo uber fan who pretends to know more than he actually does and who cares if he "thinks" he does anyway! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD JOB!!!!!
I GAVE THIS A FIVE STAR AND I WISH I COULD GIVE IT MORE!!! THIS WAS EXCELLENT JOB FROM SCOTT MICHAELS!! THE INFORMATION AND PLAY BY PLAY LEADING UP TO THE KILLINGS WAS SUPURB!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by LDN gunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
My husband was looking for this book and couldn't find it in any bookstore. I'm so glad that I was able to get it for him. Most importantly, he loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Doris Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Both eerie and entertaining.........
Scott takes us through the whole ordeal geographically and chronologically from Haight/Ashbury to Barker Ranch while interspersing various facts, anecdotes, and interesting side... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven J. Deremer
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Tour
This DVD takes the viewer on a tour of the landmarks in the Manson case. Hollywood historian Scott Michaels provides a chronology of the dates and events in the case while... Read more
Published 3 months ago by VAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Video
I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Helter Skelter...it really took me back to the time. The narrator was great and it was very realistic and unique.
Published 4 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Outstanding!
Firstly, I am a great fan of documentaries, and so I recognize an exceptional one when I see one. And what makes this movie so great? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Goobie Doober
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I've taken Scott's tour of the murders, and his dearly departed tour (2).
The movie goes deeper in then the tours.
Published 8 months ago by Bryan Pettengill
5.0 out of 5 stars For True Crime Fans,A Great Dvd
This dvd takes you to where the Manson Family committed their crimes.The part
where they go to Cielo Drive shows you the whole surrounding area.For the dvd price,a steal.
Published 9 months ago by Dusty
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