The Manson Family

Synopsis: If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. On a ranch outside of Los Angeles, the dream of the "Love Generation" is transforming 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 kids, the "Family," become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter are considered the path to righteousness.Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) delivers a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, a group hell-bent on executing the brutal vision of its leader, Charles Manson. You've seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of THE MANSOSN FAMILY.
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Director(s): Jim Van Bebber
Production: Blue Underground
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

You better wise up,

the time is gonna come

when all men will judge

themselves before God.

Itll be the worst hell.

The worst Hell on Earth.

Itll make Nazi Germany

look like a picnic.

And you gotta be ready

for that, right now,

right here right now,

just like that!

And thats where

were at all the time.

Whatever is

necessary, you do it.

When somebody needs to be

killed, theres no wrong.

You do it and move you on.

Theres a revolution

coming very soon.

Youve lit the fuse yourself.

Were gonna cut and

chop all you f***ers up.

L.A. will burn to the ground.

Los Angeles will

burn to the ground.

Once again, youve judged

a reflection of yourselves.

We are what you made us.

And when your so betrayed.


I dont know who

fired the shot.

I dont know who

killed the congressman

as far as Im

concerned I killed him,

you understand

what Im saying,

I killed him.

He had no business coming.

I told him not to come.

Die with a degree of dignity

Lay down your

life with dignity

Dont lay down

with tears and agony.

Theres nothing to death

Its like Mac said,

its just stepping

over to another plain.

Dont be this way,

stop these hysterics.

This is not the way for

people who are socialistic

communist to die.

No way for us to die,

we must die

with some dignity.

we must die

with some dignity

We will have no choice,

now we have some choice.

You think their gonna

allow this to be done.

Allow us to get by with this


It has never been

done before you think.

Its been done by

every tribe in history.

Every tribe facing annihilation.

In the Amazon their

doing it right now

they refuse to bring any

babies into the world.

they save every child

that comes into this world.

Because they dont want to

live in this kind of world.

So be patient, be patient.

I tell you, I dont care

how many screams you hear,

I dont care how

many anguished cries,

Death is a million

times preferable

to ten more

days of this life.

If you knew what

was ahead of you,

if you knew what

was ahead of you,

youd be glad to be

stepping over tonight.

Death, death, death is common.

One week from tonight,

join me, Jack Wilson,

for a special edition

of Crime Scene.

Were gonna journey back to

August 9th and 10th 1969.

Were waiting for our

father to be set free.

Two nights of Murder

that sent terror

through Los Angeles

and ultimately, the world.

Judgment Day

is coming people!

Next week on Crime Scene,

were going to bring you face

to face with the evil few,

that forever poisoned

the Love Generation.

As I talk with the members

of Charlies Family.

Hear the jailhouse

confessions of Leslie,

the homecoming queen,

twisted by Charlie

into a knife wielding maniac.

Bobby, the unknown

lynchpin of the family

who committed

the first murder.

Sadie, now a born

again Christian,

once Charlies most

outrageous disciple.

Patty, a former

Sunday School teacher.

She found Jesus

Christ in Charlie.

And Tex, the former High

School football Captain,

who became Charlies

bloodiest butcher.

In Charlie they found a Daddy,

a lover, and a Savior.

And it only took his words

to ignite within them

a rampage of hate and Murder.

The actual killers.

Bringing into focus

for the first time,

their years as members

of Charlies Family.

Father cares, you can

tell in his voice he cares.

Oh, we did so many

drugs, and it made sense,

I mean we were sure

that it would work.

Hows your day Jack?

Well, shes up

for parole you know,

at the end of the year.

My parole hearings

are taped and broadcast.

Theres no return

address on this one, hmm.

Let me see.

What the hell is that?

Take a look at this,

To the Pig Producer

of the Charlie movie.

How much more,

am I supposed to suffer,

for something that I did

when I was 20 years old.

Hook up the

half inch machine,

I wanna see what

the hell it is.

You got it.

The powers of the serpent,

that live inside all...


...that is true on

the line of infinity,

infinity speaks in all life

in the voice of

the lost Child...

Kill it.

Hey, you know,

maybe whoever sent it

thinks youll use it.

Theres no way in hell

Im gonna use that thing.

Every time they even make

a mention of the murders,

the Family Murders,

it is Charlie,

Charlie, Charlie,

The, the Prince

of Evil, right?

Very seldom have

I ever seen them mention

the kids that

put in the knives

and the bullets

in the victims

Thats what gets me.

Bobby and Gypsy and I

were sort of this...

traveling family of our own.

I already had that sh*t

down, when I met him.

I had my girls, he had his.

This is really getting...


Heavy Bobby Im...

Im getting really bad vibes.

On acid.

Theyre eating my skin!

Help me!

Volcanoes are beautiful!

Fire is beautiful!

No, No, No!


Let it die!

Im gonna die!

Let it die.

Let it die.

Let it die.

Let it go.

Let it go.

Let it go where it wants...

let it go.

Let it go.

Let it go.

Let it die, Let it die.

Bobby met Charlie.

If anybody was

influenced, it was him.

By me.

And so I met Charlie.

Making music is

how I met Charlie,

when I joined a band

called the Milky Way,

Charlie was in it.

He was a fine Musician,

very intense,

very vivid from being

locked up all that time.

And he was a great lyricist.

I was, like a

lot of kids my age,

looking for God.

On a quest for God.

Stumbling around,

taking drugs.

Kind of like a blind

girl in a Forest,

Let me hit that now.

Linda, I want you to come to

the Ranch with me this time.

Just for a few days.

Charlie acts from his soul.

Charlie is the man that

weve all been waiting for.

I was living in this

apartment, with my Dog,

and my life was

really routine.

Id just go to work,

go home, go shopping.

Go to work, go

home, go shopping.

And, it was really a drag.

And then Charlie blows in

and he just

changed everything.

And I dropped it all.

And I just took off.

He brought out all

these things in me

that I was just

sticking in slots.

When Charlie got out,

he was 33,

hed been locked

up since he was 13.

And he was lonely.

And this was the first time

he had a group of women

that cared about him,

that loved him.

And Charlie loved those girls.

He treated them

with plenty of respect.

Well, I was trying to get

close to Charlies girls.

Its astounding that

Charlie even knew Dennis,

and that we were

all living in this

rock stars mansion

in the first place.

But then Dennis wised up

and kicked us all out.

Theres a lot of

acid at the ranch.

Well of course I went

where the girls went.

I followed them

out to the ranch,

and tried to integrate

myself with Charlie.

I came to you with all

the love in my heart.

And you slaughtered me man.

You slaughtered me.

And now I gotta hide,

I gotta hide my soul

so you wont kill me.

And thats why the

kids have to hide,

They come out and

their parents say

shut up get back

inside of yourself.

You dont need

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Jim Van Bebber

Jim Van Bebber (born November 24, 1964 in Greenville, Ohio) is an American film director. Van Bebber attended Wright State University where he studied cinema. Instead of using a bank loan to pay for a second year of college, he used the money to finance Deadbeat at Dawn, and founded the indie film company Asmodeus Productions with several colleagues. The Manson Family took more than ten years to complete. Van Bebber is currently involved in the production of a feature-length horror film titled 'Gator Green'. more…

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