AD 4Digital Media Film Review| The Manson Family Masscare | The Cult Who Killed.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

AD - Film gifted in return for this review, packshots also included but words are all mine! 


Distributed through Universal Pictures UK, The Manson Family Massacre follows the terrifying true story of the Sharon Tate Murders. 

The tale begins on the night of August 8th 1969 when one of the most brutal and shocking murders takes place on the notorious Cielo Drive. Actress Sharon Tate and several of the close friends are mercilessly tortured and gruesomely butchered to death by the cult. The Manson Family, as ordered by the inhuman, and now infamous, Charles Manson. 

Just over 20 years on, rock singer Margot Lavigne moves into the same haunted house to record her new album. However, things take a terrifying turn as life soon becomes a hellish nightmare, as she learns the true barbarous nature of The Manson Family. To escape a similar tragic end, Margot must figure out a way to put the ghosts of the hideous past to rest, once and for all. 

My Review:

I didn't know anything about the Manson Family or this massacre before watching this film so I was intrigued to find out what went on, on that fateful night in 1969, but unfortunately I felt it didn't give enough background information on the Manson's as a whole or what led Charles to form the cult in the first place. 

I understood they were a cult of some sort, led by the tyrannical and frankly manic Charles Manson. I don't quite know what led him to insight his family to murder all of those people but one thing's for sure, the people who were killed did nothing wrong except exist when Charles Manson was around and happen to be known to him and his associates. 

It was a good film in and of itself, but perhaps the narrative was lacking for those of us who didn't know the history of the Manson Family prior to watching this film. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong but I thought films were meant to tell the story of what happened, not leave you asking more questions than it answered! Perhaps that's just me though!?  

There's no doubt though that The Manson Family Massacres were absolutely horrific and when murders like this happen, of course it's going to be written about, shared and made into a film/documentary at some point because that's what happens. 

It's not that we want to remember or dredge up the past but by the same token we share so we can learn from the experiences of the past and *hopefully* not make the same mistakes as before. We share so their story can be told, not to glorify or vilify them but to show what can happen when vulnerable people are taken advantage of. 

Usually seeing films like this make me want to do more research into what happened, who the people were and why they did what they did, but in this case, I'm good. I don't want to read about this case - it was in the past and for me that's where I want it to stay. 

Have you seen this film? Do you know anything about the Manson Family? 

Love, Sarah

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