The Manson Family

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  • Summary: For the first time a motion picture accurately, honestly and openly explores the Manson family's life prior to the infamous murders. (Asmodeus/Mercury Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Graham Rae
    The actual performances during the film range from excellent to somewhat amateurish, but this amateurism is easily absorbed by the sheer power of the imagery on display.
  2. Hard, ugly and nasty yet a stylistically vigorous and often insightful piece of work.
  3. 75
    This is not a "horror" film or an "underground" film, but an act of transgression so extreme and uncompromised, and yet so amateurish and sloppy, that it exists in a category of one film -- this film.
  4. An acid movie flashback a la Oliver Stone.
  5. 60
    Seriously gruesome docudrama.
  6. Finally, though, Mr. Van Bebber seems more interested in recreating the grainy look of scratched 1970's film stock than in reflecting on the horrors he depicts, making this a difficult sell for all but the strongest stomachs among connoisseurs of vintage gore.
  7. 12
    There's no real journalism here, just the sort of appalling revisionism that can turn a bloodbath into a beach party.

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