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The Spectre of Helter Skelter: Films About or Informed by the Manson Murders

It's said that the Manson murders are what finally killed the 60's. They were a cultural event and the entire affair has become a monolithic legend, shot through with tales of drugs, ritualistic sacrifice, the occult, hippiedom, counter-culture, communal cults, and Hollywood decadence; you can see its echoes in films of the time and long after. These are those films. Some directly reference Manson, some hint at him, some simply have themes and threads that connect back to the idea of hippie cult slaughter and the dark side of the era. These are the films that marked the death of idealism, and the ones that came after.

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  • An American Hippie in Israel
  • Angel, Angel, Down We Go
  • Angels' Wild Women
  • Annabelle
  • Bad Dreams
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • Blue Sunshine
  • Cease to Exist
  • Charles Manson Superstar
  • Charles Manson Then & Now
  • Deathmaster
  • Gimme Skelter
  • Hard Ride to Hell
  • Helter Skelter
  • Helter Skelter
  • House at the End of the Drive
  • House on the Edge of the Park
  • I Drink Your Blood
  • I Was a Teenage Serial Killer
  • Iconoclast
  • Igor and the Lunatics
  • Inside The Manson Gang
  • Invocation of My Demon Brother
  • Joe
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • Live Freaky Die Freaky
  • Lucifer Rising
  • Manson
  • Manson Family Movies
  • Manson Family Vacation
  • Manson Girls
  • Manson, My Name Is Evil
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Midnight Intruders
  • Mondo Hollywood
  • Popcorn
  • Race with the Devil
  • Savage Intruder
  • Shivers
  • Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun
  • Snuff
  • Snuff-Movie
  • Sweet Savior
  • Ten Monologues from the Lives of the Serial Killers
  • Terror on the Beach
  • The American Dreamer
  • The Centerfold Girls
  • The Manson Massacre
  • The Doom Generation
  • The Female Bunch
  • The Fields
  • The Girl in Room 2A
  • The Hitchhikers
  • The Last House on Dead End Street
  • The Last House on the Left
  • The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue
  • The Manson Family
  • The Night God Screamed
  • The Other Side Of Madness
  • The Ramrodder
  • The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter
  • The Sky Is Falling
  • The Strangers
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Todd Killings
  • The Violent Kind
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except
  • To Be Twenty
  • Tragic Ceremony
  • Willow Springs
  • Lie
  • Bigger Than the Beatles
  • The Killing of America
  • Weatherman '69
  • The Weather Underground
  • Wolves at the Door
  • The Haunting of Sharon Tate
  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
  • Charlie Says
  • Revolution 666
  • The Manson Family Massacre