The Manson Family

Raw, unpolished cult film plunges the viewer deep into the insanity of Charles Manson and his followers.

A group of hippies celebrates their summer of love with sex & drugs & rock ‘n’ roll under the watchful eye of guru Charles Manson. Until Manson convinces them to commit one of the most notorious mass murders in American history, with Sharon Tate, the then pregnant wife of Roman Polanski, as its most famous victim.

Insane cult leader Charles Manson (1934-2017) is the subject of two feature films this year, including one by Quentin Tarantino. Underground filmmaker Jim Van Bebber already made a both defiant and shocking attempt to interpret the phenomenon in 1997. It cost him no less than fifteen years to realise his pet project, but the result is worth it. Van Bebber focuses not so much on Manson himself as on his followers, and in the gritty style of 70’s low budget exploitation films he manages to depict the madness that turned sex orgies in to an orgy of violence like no other.


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Type Feature Film
Part of Let's Talk About Sects
Director Jim Van Bebber
Country USA
Year 1997
Duration 95 min
Spoken languages English
Subtitles Without
Cast Leslie Orr, Marc Pitman, Marcelo Games


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