Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Charles Manson Superstar
A friend found this link on Google video and sent it to me. "Charles Manson Superstar" is a documentary/interview film made by Nikolas Schreck, husband of Zeena LaVey and (at least one-time) member of the Church of Satan. As you can imagine this film has a quite different editorial point of view on Manson and his life. Schreck's stated purpose is an attempt to dispel many of the rumors surrounding Charles Manson and "the Family". I owned a copy of this on VHS for years and I'm glad to get it back. In spite of the sometimes cheesy and all too serious voice over narration, this is probably the best film on Manson I've ever seen. The interview is about as uncensored as you're likely to ever get and Schreck is quite thorough in presenting the story and showing Manson as a multi-dimensional personality rather than the bogeyman he is usually portrayed as in more mainstream interviews and films. He really just lets him talk and the majority of the editing choices seem to be made for continuity rather than to manipulate his words. So, if you've never seen this film I highly recommend it.