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The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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 (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0UNZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" on IMDb

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By J. M. Gonzalez on 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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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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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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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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First of all, you will watch this film with skepticism and finish up with an 'icky' feeling, but the research, information and details is astounding. This is one of those all thought-provoking films. Once you watch this film it will be all you think about for days. Anything with Manson is truly thought-provoking, but not necessarily in a good way. Serial killers do not give us a good feeling, even when we may think we understand their reason for doing what they do. Ugly is ugly, no matter how we try to justify it. But this writer/director did one heckuva job researching information about the Sharon Tate and La Bianca murders, and a lot of dots were connected through a great deal of effort on the filmmaker's behalf. My only wish was to see more on Manson's personal profile, and his 'following'. I like to see more on the psychological aspect of a killer, and a little less on the details as to the actual killing. What did catch me off guard was seeing the actual bodies of the deceased. In all the books I had previously read about Manson (and I've read nearly every one) they only show the police outlines of the bodies. This is the first time I've actually seen the bodies, include Sharon Tate's. Granted, this is sensationalism at it's best, and sadly that does little justice for the deceased as most of us that watch these films are intrigued by the killer's violence in what he did, and we all want to know what makes him tick, right? But for the macabre that enjoy 'details' about the murders and where Manson and his 'family' lived and their thought processes about the murders, this is an excellent film that fills in a lot of the holes and is much more accurate than anything I've read in the past. Though I did feel like I needed a shower after watching this film. That doesn't negate the fact that it is well made, very well researched, and I'm certain I will watch this film many times over in the future. Now, what does that say about me?
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Few crimes have permanently entered the American psyche as the Tate/La Bianca murders that terrified Los Angeles in August 1969. On two nights, 7 people were brutally murdered by members of the Charles Manson family. Most of us know the story but Scott Michaels takes us deeper into the background with a fascinating tour of places relating to the Tate/La Bianca murder victims and the Manson family.
Although this is a simple and modest production, the documentary is well-done and informative. Michaels runs the Dearly Departed Tours in Los Angeles and is well versed in the darker side of Hollywood history. He takes us to many sites that most of us have never seen before. There is a brief interview with the man who bought the Jay Sebring house from his grieving parents. The interview have been longer with more scenes of this architecturally-unusual home.
Michaels takes us to homes inhabited by the victims at some point along with businesses run by the victims. The businesses have changed and some buildings are gone but history lives in the locations. One of the eery parts of the documentary is the actual recordings song by the Mansion families along with explanations of Charles Manson's connection to the Beach Boys and Doris Days music producer son Terry Melcher.
Michaels has no hestitation to sneak into locations that are off-limits to the public such as the road leading to the Tate home.
This dvd was incredibly inexpensive and it was well worth the cost to get some deeper insight into a crazy time. Although it is low budget, it is a well-done documentary and worth the time for anyone interested in this tragic series of events.
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