Intimate feature length documentary about Charles Manson and his “family”
Includes footage from Spahn Ranch, and an original soundtrack from two family members who survived and were able to move on and find better lives. The doc reveals the power Manson held over his followers even while locked up.
It also explains the debauchery and mind control techniques he used to dominate the group. Charlie had a colorful hand-woven vest he wore. It was threaded together by the women in the family. The most shocking image in the film shows this vest with locks of their hair woven and hanging from its collar.
The film, nominated by the Academy for Best Feature Documentary in 1973, also contains footage of the black Volkswagen Manson’s drove around California after being released from prison. And reveals that he considered members of his gang “slippies” not hippies. This documentary is a true masterwork.
(Directed by Laurence Merrick and Robert Hendrickson)