Manson (1973) is a quickie, explotation documentary made only a few of years after the case. The sleazy 1970s voiceover cements the mondo film vibe. There is no footage from the trial nor any interviews with Manson himself. Over-stretched, even at 80 minutes, the film is padded out with scenes of naked hippie chicks covorting in waterfalls etc. The man himself is only glimpsed through the recollections of former cell mates and other drug-addled hangers-on, which lends Manson a grotesquely…
This cyberpunk classic was a huge influence on both The Matrix (1999) and The Fifth Element (1997), whilst in itself owing no small debt to Blade Runner (1982). Ghost in the Shell is an ode to technology, identity, collective vs. individual consciousness and boobs. Hardly surprising that it blew my mind when I was sixteen.