The movie, starring Matt Smith tells the story from the perspective of three women of the Manson family.
The same year Ted Bundy met his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer in1969 is the same year Charles Manson would order his 'family', that included Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel to brutally murder seven people. Both these deeply disturbed men hold a special place in the hearts of true crime lovers. Netflix has released a documentary series on Bundy and a narrative feature film, which opened at Sundance to much buzz and fresh controversy.
Meanwhile, there are three other movies that are about or directly related to Ted Bundy or about his crime spree that is set to be released in 2019 and it includes Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood', which will open the Cannes Film Festival in May. Two of these movies released just a week apart and have shed quite a lot of spotlight on the women in the lives of those violent men.
'Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile' is directed by Joe Berlinger and is based on Kloepfer’s memoir of her time with Bundy, but, even though the movie is told from the female perspective, most of the screen presence is shared by a very charismatic sexy Ted Bundy, portrayed by Zac Efron. But, when you watch 'Charlie Says', you will find yourself bobbing your head along to the offbeat psychedelia of ’60s bands such as Love, only to suddenly be confronted by music from the notorious cult leader and killer Charles Manson.
The movie features songs such as "Look at Your Game, Girl” and “Garbage Dump", all of which are written by Charles Manson himself. Mary Harron, the director of the movie, tells New York Post, "In context, it’s such an important part of the story. You can’t really separate Manson from his musical ambitions.” The movie was released in the theaters last Friday and explores the story behind the notorious Manson Family Murders.
But the interesting twist over here is that it does not tell the story from the perspective of Manson himself but from the perspective of the women in his life. Matt Smith plays the role of the infamous Charles Manson and the movie traces the lives of Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Susan Atkins in the community where they lived with Manson along with the time spent in prison for murders committed in the summer of 1969 under his command.
But the movie also focused a lot of time when Manson desperately tried to become a rockstar. Sharon Tate rejected Manson after an audition and was murdered later on by the same Manson family. Harron said, "It was after that dream died that he turned more [toward] his paranoia about the coming apocalypse and all the rest. But really if he could just have had a record contract, I think the story would have been very different.”
The songs were written by Manson in the late 1960s, and an album was put out in 1970 by music tour manager Phil Kaufman, who did time in prison with Manson. The album was eventually distributed by the independent label ESP-Disk and titled the album 'Lie: The Love and Terror Cult.'
The synopsis of the movie reads, "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 seems 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."
Manson was in prison till the time he died. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 83. He was the founder of the murderous cult family that was responsible for several high profile murders in California and one of the victims of the Manson family included Sharon Tate, a Hollywood actor. Manson was jailed in 1971 for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, but even though he was sentenced to death, it was later lessened to life imprisonment after changes to Californian death penalty laws in 1972.