The Duo Behind 'American Psycho' Are Targeting the Manson Fam
Now that we’ve finished Making a Murderer, it’s time to start unmaking one. The geniuses behind the 2000 cult classic American Psycho are back. Their setting their sights on the true crime genre by focusing on one of the most infamous American psychos. Director Mary Harron and screenwriter Guinevere Turner are heading back to the 60s for a new film called The Family, which is about (you guessed it) the Manson Family. The film won’t focus on gang of dropout disciples as they murdered some 45 different people but will instead be about the grad student, Karlene Faith, who worked with three of the brainwashed women that were part of the cult as they try to come to terms with the murders they committed.
For those of you who aren’t lowkey obsessed with the Manson family and Charles Manson—aka the OG Crazy Eyes—we’ve got some history to catch you up on. The Ohio-born Manson was in and out of jails for most of his life before he moved to California to try to make a name for himself. He spent more time in jail, and moonlighted as a folk musician, because everyone becomes a little bit of a folk musician when they move to California in the ’50s. After leaving jail one more time, he went all Book of Revelations after boppin’ his crazy little head to the infamous Beatles song “Helter Skelter,” and convinced himself of an impending race war. He gathered a group of dejected loaners that also shared his passion for drugs and crime and moved to a deserted ranch outside of Los Angeles.
The group soon ballooned to about 100 horror hippies who believed he was probably Jesus in between LSD trips. Among them, a hardcore group of young girls came to idolize him; they were prime targets for his plan to incite a race war. As the summer of ’69 began to wind down, Manson’s Family began a killing spree targeting Hollywood elite. The victims included actress Sharon Tate; coffee bean heiress Abigail Folger; supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife; legendary hairstylist Jay Sebring; and three others. The grisliest killing was that of Tate, who was stabbed repeatedly in her pregnant stomach by Susan “Sexy Sadie” Atkins. The murders shocked the nation, and immortalized Charles Manson and his Family as a cult symbol of rebellion and death. In the decades since then, a legion of admirers and fans have become obsessed with the group. One woman, who’s appropriately known only as Star, claims to be in a relationship with the 80-year-old murderer. I guess even Manson can make that prison hotline bling.
The film will be based on Faith’s 2001 book, The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond The Cult, and will begin casting soon. With the strong cult following for Manson, we’re excited to see how the cinematic power duo bring some girl power to the story.
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