Everyone has been pretty excited about Mary Harron’s Charlie Says since it was first announced and today is the day that it’s finally released for us to watch – at least in the US.
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The movie takes a slightly different perspective on the Charles Manson cult and murders, focussing on the three women who were brainwashed by Manson and effort to deprogram them following their arrest. Here’s the official synopsis and the trailer:
Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him – Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón) – remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith).
Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan – until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them.
Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did?
Boundary pushing auteur Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.
Yep, looks like it’s going to be a good one. Not sure when it’s official released over here, but I’m sure you can figure out a way to watch it right now if you want to that badly (use a VPN or look for a torrent/stream). Might as well.
For more of the same, check out Charles Manson’s final words. Scary.