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Shot in 1970-71 the production of this film is actually mentioned in Vincent Bugliosi's true crime classic "Helter Skelter". Hendrickson and crew caught the Manson family at the height of its madness in the wake of the Tate/LaBianca/Hinman murders and Manson's subsequent arrest. Shot on location at Spahn Ranch and featuring extensive interviews with key "family" members such as Squeaky Fromme, Sandra Good, Bruce Davis & Steve 'Clem' Grogan as well as Manson prosecutor Bugliosi himself and ex-family members Paul Watkins and Brooks Poston we are given insight into the cult-group-brainwash tactics employed by Manson to gain total control over his followers. Especially eerie are the interviews with Fromme and Good as the young women play around with a weapons arsenal of guns and knives. Manson's "death is beautiful" worldview seeps from the lips of his obedient proselytes as they discuss their hatred of the establishment and of society in general while espousing the virtues of their fly and filth-ridden communal lifestyle.Read more ›
Now to the film itself.
It is the definitive visual account of the Manson family and their crimes. As a documentary it is very effective interspersing images(incredible picture quality) of Manson, Susan Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten in court with interviews with prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and interviews with Family Members at Spahhn Ranch.
The stars of the film are Lyn Fromme and Sandy Good who are wonderfully creepy and maniacal in their devotion to Manson. These girls who could have lived next door to you growing up are now handling guns and knifes and talking casually of murder. Hollywood couldn't write anything this perfect
This documentary works as a straight up horror movie due to the wonderfully grainy and unsteady camera work and psychedelic visuals which give it a similar feel to alot of the horror movies of the era.
An awesome documentary...visually stunning and it allows the family members to really open up to the camera. Incredibly fast shipping.
This is a hand-made DVD-R. Though, it is an "authorized" version that comes directly to you from the filmmaker Robert Hendrickson, it is questionable the he has the actual rights to officially release this film. The back cover states, "This is a Limited DVD Edition of the now legendary 1973 MANSON. This Promotional DVD is being issued only to specific persons and or entities by way of ExclusiveFilms.com only." Well, I got mine from Amazon, so the exclusivity mentioned in the above quote is definitely in question and by "specific persons" I'm guessing he means anyone willing to shell out $35. Promotional items are supposed to be free. I'm not complaining, I'm just pointing these irregularities out to potential buyers.
The cover is a black and white digital copy. I would have preferred the original movie poster or original VHS art have been used, and that it would have actually been printed, but since this is a "Promotional DVD" it is likely there would have been copyright issues using the original art. This DVD cover looks sort of cheap and rushed; there is no company logo printed on the spine, just the word, "MANSON" printed in Ariel. A bonus is that it will come to you personalized with your name printed on front cover next to Robert Hendrickson's signature (he also signs the actual DVD), which makes it fun for collectors, but is really there to prevent this version from being bootlegged; stated on the back cover, "If both do not have an original signature and or the cover does not identify the person or entity to whom it has been issued, this DVD is likely to be pirated."
The transfer on the DVD is the best I have ever seen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie helped me fill in a couple of questions I've been trying to figure out about Manson and the Family. I'm really glad Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's okay. Not too spectacular. The interviews of the girls on the ranch are not as mind blowing as others have said. I paid $35 and I don't feel a got my money's worth. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dee Man
I'm one of those that has never written a review until now. I was compelled to do so. This is a movie I owned on VHS for years. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Johnccombs
Turn around was amazingly quick. Very happy with my purchase.Published on July 3, 2014 by Kyle vorst
This film is invaluable as an immediate record of the events in question; it was made before the death sentences of several Family members were commuted, and before the final... Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Larry Benjamin
Aside from having some areas which needed better sound & video 'tuneups', overall it was an excellent product. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Bill Onisko
Just received my copies of these two dvds. I love anything Manson family related, and would have given it 5 stars if the running time on the dvds was longer than 85 minutes, and... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Brian