The Manson Family


If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. In 2003, director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) unveiled The Manson Family, his 15-years-in-the-making horror epic about one of the most infamous true crime cases of the 20th century. When the highly anticipated film was finally unleashed upon the public in a limited release, it was met with a mixture of high praise and outright revulsion. Ten years later, this brutally transgressive nightmare on film returns to theatres in a newly restored version, allowing a new audience to experience this notorious, uncompromising and previously hard-to-find snapshot of the infamous cult and their monstrous leader, Charles Manson. On an isolated ranch outside of L.A., the dream of the ‘60s “Love Generation” is perverting into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman’s paranoid visions. An average group of middle-class kids, the “Family,” become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter are considered the path to righteousness, spurred on by the insane rhetoric of a demonic messiah. The Manson Family is a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the crazed sex and violence that unified the misguided group, an endless orgy of terror which, under the direction of their leader, ended in a brutal killing spree leaving seven people dead in 48 hours. You’ve seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of The Manson Family. For mature audiences only! (Dir. by Jim VanBebber, 2003, 95 mins., No one under 18 admitted) 35mm