Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Manson Family (1997)

Director: Jim Van Bebber

Writer: Jim Van Bebber

Composers: Phil Anselmo, Ross Karpelman

Starring: Marcelo Games, Marc Pitman, Leslie Orr, Maureen Allisse, Amy Yates, Jim Van Bebber, Tom Burns, Michelle Briggs, Sherri Rickman, Nate Pennington, M.M. Jones, Carl Day, Jim Sayer, Mark Gillespie, Paul Harper, Norris Hellwig

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The most notorious mass murderers in American history

Plot: A dramatization of the horrific and notorious Manson Family Murders, in the form of super 8 home movies.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Oh, yeah!

What a powerful film.  Writer/director/actor/producer/editor/special effects guy Van Bebber so much into this that it had to be a labor of love and it shows.  It's a brilliant picture incorporating interviews, drama, documentary style scenes, re-creations and all kinds of techniques to form a great narrative that goes where all other films and documentaries I've seen don't dare go.  It's the underground, not-afraid-to-show-it story of what happened before, during and after their infamous murders and it doesn't pull any punches.  It's loaded with nudity and gore.  Much of the picture looks authentic as if it were shot nearly fifty years ago.  The sound is fantastic and it's at times almost a collage of words, music and effects that don't fit the typical narrative but it works beautifully here.  It's trippy, ballsy and simply down & dirty fantastic.  Highly recommended.  I've got the Blu-ray set now for the next time I'm ready for a re-vist.

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