Manson (1973)


“We used belladonna, hashish, smoked marijuana a lot, mescaline, opium, we never used any hard drugs.” – Paul Watkins

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that tries to explain the how and why that the Manson Family became such a close knit commune.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was quite interested in seeing especially after having watched Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) a few months ago.

This documentary tries to show the world how Charles Manson and his followers lived their lives in seclusion from the world while constantly trying to find more recruits for their “family along the way.

This film shows interviews with some of the members of the cult and offers much insight in explaining how and why they acted as they did.

Wat’s interesting is the fact that they all sound very convinced that what they did was reasonable according to their way of thinking even though much of it was quite erratic and absurd according to the norms of society.

There are bits of this story that are left a bit unclear and incomplete and parts are left too ambiguous about what actually happened at certain points in time.

Trying to understand why they did what they did is fascinating to learn but what’s even more important is learning what kind of people were susceptible to this kind of cult and could be drawn in very easily.

Bottom Line – Intriguing look at the way that Charles Manson and his followers lived their lives while also constantly recruiting new members to join their cult. This film shows interviews with various members of their group who explain in detail why they acted the way they did and it usually sounds as if they were doing things in a reasonable way from their perspectives. The story feels a bit incomplete in certain aspects and leaves a bit too much open ended about some of the events that transpired.  Knowing what these people did and why they did them gives the viewer much insight into this strange cult and why people can be susceptible to joining such a sect. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Brooks Poston and Paul Watkins, who provided the musical score for the film, were both former members of the “Manson Family”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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