Another two-parter today. Here's part one.
Helter Skelter (1976)
Like I said yesterday, this is the REAL "based on a true story".
This is what you've got to be afraid of in the world.
Psychotic wackaloons, and the sad hollow morons that follow them.
Human fucking nature.
Not fucking invisible boogeymen sent by the super-villain in a Bronze Aged tome of goat-herder fairy tales.
The "summer of love", died a hideous pathetic death partly because people couldn't face this reality. Let's stop repeating the cycle, huh?
Can we fucking do that?
Probably not, not in this fucking country.
Anyway, good flick, for a made for TV jobbie.
Steve Railsback is a pretty good Manson.
About the best you're likely going to get.
Anyone else is just gonna copy him, more or less.
The events are depicted accurately.
As far as I can tell.
My personal take-away, is the hippie ideal was always doomed.
If it weren't Manson that ruined it, it would have been someone else.
These people are fucking out there being born every minute.
And our lame society hasn't figured out how to deal with them.
That would take having a hard, brutal, honest, no-bullshit, non-stop fucking discussion about mental illness, and class, and race, and poverty, and our crooked justice system, and the whole idea of prisons, and basically the whole bubbling swamp of infection the Mansons breed in.
And we can't have that, because...y'know, money.
Also the Mansons aren't just out there leading their little cults, they're running companies, they're running banks, they're in charge of wars, they're banging gavels in courts, and we've sworn more than a couple into the White house.
And our society REALLY doesn't wanna cope with that shit.
That gives people a real fucking nightmare on Elm Street.
So, that's why fucking dipshit ghost movies are on the menu.
Anyway, I was one year old when this hit TV screens, so we're more than overdue for a remake, I think.
There was that "Aquarius", thingy on NBC, but I don't even count that, cuz they crammed that full of fictional bullshit, and fake characters, and just used the Manson family stuff as a backdrop.
I'm glad it was cancelled.
The Manson story is fucked up enough, you don't need to add bullshit.
Sooo...yeah, watch this.
I think it's on Youtube.
Up next, an even real-er story.