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The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009)

Hosted by Hollywood historian Scott Michaels , Mike Dorsey  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Hosted by Hollywood historian Scott Michaels
  • Directors: Mike Dorsey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0UNZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,060 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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39 of 40 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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38 of 40 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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24 of 26 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 10 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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have been fascinated with the Tate/LaBianca case since the book and t.v. movie came out in the mid 1970s, and I found this documentary by Scott Michaels to be an excellent and informative program. Mr. Michaels reveals many details about the case that I did not know.....and I know a lot about this case! It was very interesting to see the places where events connected to the case took place and that are mentioned many times in "Helter Skelter" and other books and movies relating to this case. Mr. Michaels is an excellent host in this documentary. Having said all of this, I also have to admit my disappointment with the last few minutes of the dvd, i.e., when Mr. Michaels goes to one of his friend's houses that is supposedly located close to where the Tate house once stood at 10050 Cielo Drive. Where did Mr. Michaels come up with this Nimrod? He claimed that he believes that the spirits of Sharon, Jay, and the other victims at the Tate house are present in his house......all because of some electronic monitor he was using that registered some kind of vibes when it turned it on and wielded it around the room. For me, this kind of ruined the whole thing and I would have been much more impressed with this documentary had Mr. Michaels not included this nut case at the end!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Entertaining and well narrated
Published 1 month ago by Brian s Seibert
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The narrative was a bit boring. Nice to see the locations though.
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Hatcher
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time: No New Information on Manson
This video is mostly a waste of money. There is zero new information in this video and at first appears to be more of an advertisement for the narrator who is a Hollywood tour... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done..More than your average documentary
I personally loved this documentary. The host really seems to have done his homework. Its not your average documentary that glosses over the highlights and tells you things you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by barky
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and chilling...
Scott Michaels and Mike Dorsey do an excellent job on this subject. You actually get a chill watching the evidence photos and the actual places that these horrible people... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D Kez
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 5 months 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 uber fan who pretends to know more than he actually does and who cares if he "thinks" he does anyway! Read more
Published 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months ago by Steven J. Deremer
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