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The Helter-Skelter Murders
The Helter-Skelter Murders
Actors: Brian Klinknett, Erica Bigelow, Paula Shannon, Linda Van Compernolle, Debbie Duff
Director: Frank Howard
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2001     1hr 21min

You are there every terrifying moment as the Manson "family" commits the most hideous murders in the history of Hollywood. Filmed while the Manson trial was still in progress, this modern "noir" proved so shocking it was b...  more »


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Actors: Brian Klinknett, Erica Bigelow, Paula Shannon, Linda Van Compernolle, Debbie Duff
Director: Frank Howard
Creators: Frank Howard, Wade Williams, Duke Howze, J.J. Wilke Jr.
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 10/02/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1971
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1971
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 21min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Beware of this title.
Ike Amandju | Pittsburg, PA | 03/23/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I rented this recently thinking I was going to see a film from my childhood called Helter Skelter. I wasn't even allowed to watch it when it was on but years later saw it on very late night T.V. It was a two-parter which started with the murders and concentrated on the trial which was more of a circus than O.J.'s ever could have been. Now to get back to this particular film. It is not the movie I am thinking of. It is too weird for words. This had barely any dialogue for over an hour, poorly shot and it took forever to find any info on it. Apparently this was some student film made in 1971 or 72' after the trial was completed. I felt compelled to write this so no one buys this by mistake. The real movie was based on the excellent book by Vincent Bugliosi which was very researched and lived through by the author."
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!! This is sickening and depraved.
Ike Amandju | 09/03/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is not the raved about 70's miniseries. It is a bad film with a twisted "re-enactment" of the fateful night when 5 people lost their lives in what is still the most vicious murder and weirdest true plot ever to have taken place."
There really are still Manson freaks.
gene blue | Chicago's North Side (Edgewater) | 02/17/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"It looks as if "Dark Angel" (great name, yeah right) missed the point as these pro Manson freaks always seem to. First off, how does this movie keep the watcher entertained? It doesn't, all that happens is (in black and white at that) people dancing around to very hard to hear music with an occasional voice over. Then near the end comes the violence. The viewer from Chicago didn't say anything about being "disturbed" by death and violence as any thinking person would be, these Manson people always bring up this argument. What the Chicago viewer said was that this was not the T.V. movie that is most famous and I'll bet what people are actually looking for. But as far as the violence issue that DA brought up most people are interested in it, it shocks us and there is absolutely curiosity about this case and any idiot that acts like there's hypocracy involved obviously is not listening and hearing only what they WAnt to. But viewers, trust me this is not the film you are thinking about. That is called Helter Skelter and is based on the infamous book of the same name. By the way Manson is so over. C'mon."
Don't Waste Your Money
Tina | Raytown, Missouri, USA | 12/24/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was an unrealistic portrayal of the Tate La Bianca murders that occured in August, 1969. If you want the real version buy the 1976 Helter Skelter if you can find it. It is obsolete.Don't waste your time or money watching this movie. The guy who portrays Manson has a booming voice and Charles Mansion did not. "I am God, I am Satan, I am you, and you are me." A lot of the film is too dark to see and the photography is very poor. The script is hard to follow and the acting is subpar. Folks, don't waste your time on this version of Helter Skelter."