August 9, 1969 was a bloody day in Hollywood. Actress and wife of director Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, was found murdered in her LA home along with four others.
All were victims of the infamous Manson Family, the group of derelicts and desperate souls who fell under the sway of cult leader Charlie Manson. Currently, the Manson murders are the subject of the hit show AQUARIUS starring David Duchovny as a cop hot on Manson’s trail. It’s a great show that really captures the time and feel of the late 1960s. It also gives us a more in-depth look at the man behind the mayhem – Charlie. But this isn’t the first time that the Mansons have been captured on-screen.
So in honor of the victims, DMG Entertainment has pulled up a list of Manson-themed movies and shows to keep you up all night. Make sure the door is locked.
HELTER SKELTER (1976)
Steve Railsback gives a haunting performance as charismatic cult leader Charles Manson in this graphic made-for-TV movie about the grisly Tate-LaBianca murders orchestrated by Manson in August 1969. Based on the book by Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, the film illustrates the hypnotic pull Manson exerted over his impressionable followers — a devotion that led to the brutal killings in the Hollywood hills.
THE MANSON FAMILY (1997)
In 1996, TV journalist Jack Wilson (Carl Day) is assigned to do a piece about Charles Manson (Marcelo Games) and the infamous 1969 murders that landed him in prison. Poring over mounds of archival clips — the footage is staged — Wilson learns the story of aspiring-musician Manson and his scarily impressionable “family.” Underground horror king Jim Van Bebber took 15 years to bring his chilling vision to the screen.
CHARLES MANSON SUPERSTAR (1989)
Get an inside look at the mysterious and dangerous Charles Manson, who, in 1969, became one of history’s infamous villains, presented by the media as “evil incarnate”; this documentary sets the record straight after years of media disinformation. It features an exclusive interview with Manson, which allows him to speak for the first time without being censored or sanitized, as well as rare archival footage, police documents and photos.
MANSON’S LOST GIRLS (2016)
Linda Kasabian falls prey to the hypnotic charms of Charles Manson and his self-proclaimed “family” during the drug-fueled summer of 1969.
A gritty 1960s cop drama about LAPD detective Sam Hodiak and his trainee, who must deal with gangs, brutal crimes, changing times, family crises and unhinged manipulative small-time crook Charles Manson, who’s slowly building his cult.
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967)
And finally, one for Sharon. She didn’t make a lot of movies in her short career, but VALLEY OF THE DOLLS is the best-known and most successful. Based on the book by Jacqueline Susan, it tells the sordid tale of three girls who come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.
Sleep well, if you can!