The key to understanding Charlie Manson, the curious docudrama The Manson Family tells us, is this: Orgies. Lots of 'em.

If you're into gore, bloodletting, violence, and orgies, well, have I got a movie for you. Jim Van Bebber's innovative film purports to tell the "inside" story of Manson -- from the viewpoint of his followers then and now. With mock-documentary footage galore (the phony pops, crackles, and scratches are perfect), Van Bebber purports to show us secret footage of Manson family exuberance (love, killing, and both together), mixed in with talking head commentary from Manson family members in the now. They even have the remnants of the carved "X" scars on their foreheads.

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