Manson (2014)

Director: Brandon Slagle

Writer: Brandon Slagle (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Kiser, Devanny Pinn, Reid Warner, Chirss Anglin, Serena Lorien, Erin Marie Hogan, Julie Rose


Plot: An unflinching chronicle of Charles Manson’s life leading up to the orchestration of the Tate and LaBianca murders..

Tagline – The Dawn of Aquarius

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Dull & Boring


Story: Manson starts as we see Charles Manson (Kiser) arrested for the conspiracy to commit murder, he now tells his life story where he was in and out of jail, but embraced the hippie lifestyle. As the years role by we see how Manson created his own following with mostly lost young women who got to a level of being willing to die for him and soon, kill for him.

We go on to see the crimes this Manson family went on to commit, starting with small petty crimes before the horrific murders they have become famous for.


Thoughts on Manson


Characters – Charles Manson is a man from history that many people would want to delete, his action were horrendous, and his followers deluded, that is my personal opinion, so I don’t understand why you would want to make a film to try and make us sympathise with his mindset. This version of the man doesn’t seem to have the true charisma I was expecting to see while the followers do seem to be very interchangeable.

PerformancesThe performances here don’t seem to do anything for the film, the characters don’t seem to come to life in anyway and when it comes to the women you can barely tell them apart.

Storythe story is most of what we know, it offers nothing new to the story in fact takes away the more complex chapters of the story. if you want to learn the real story it would be better just to watch a documentary version of this film because it gets into how the police had to deal with the outcome of the Mansion family actions.

Crime/ThrillerThis is a real crime story, one of the worst crimes recorded too, but it just doesn’t keep you on edge because we know the outcome.

SettingsNone of the locations make you feel like you are being drawn into the story and each place could just be random room or house.

Scene of the Movie –
Well this is hard, none of it.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It doesn’t shine any light on the motivation or crimes.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very weak real life crime thriller, it is dull throughout, nothing makes us know anything we didn’t know already and by the end we just want to stop the film.


Overall: Dull and Pointless look at the real crimes.




3 comments on “Manson (2014)

  1. I think I liked this more than you . I liked that it went into Manson’s past a little bit to try and explain a bit of why he did the things he did. I think it could have been directed better in certain scenes but I still enjoyed it. I’ll admit I’ a little biased because I have met the guy who played Manson and have enjoyed him in other roles.

  2. I actually had a great discussion with Brandon about his film….like you,I see ZERO reason why Manson gets films about him every year. The story is done to DUST and what really bothers me is the families of the victims get no rest from the constant fawning over Manson. Taratino is a slug and degenerate so its no surprise that he is cashing in on the 50th anniversary of this terrible crime.

    I think Brandon is a talented director who just chose a topic for a film.

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