Charles Manson Movies Are Becoming Their Own Twisted Genre

Cult leader Charles Manson will forever be known as one of America's most notorious serial killers. For better or worse, the murderer is also somewhat of a pop culture fascination. Books like Emma Cline's The Girls and NBC's two-season long series Aquarius focused on the Manson Family cult, which Manson controlled and used to carry out his crimes.

Though the former leader of the Manson family died in prison of natural causes in November of 2017, the macabre interest in his story has not yet gone away. Nearly 50 years after the Tate-Labianca murders, which were committed by the Manson family in 1969, the serial killer, and the chaos surrounding his evil deeds, will be the subject of several new films. This includes an indie film starring Hilary Duff and the latest work of a director celebrated for his ultra-violent movies.

Has the Manson stuff gone too far? That's up for the viewer to decide — because it doesn't look like Hollywood is stopping its serial killer obsession any time soon.

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The Haunting of Sharon Tate

Valley of the Dolls actress Sharon Tate was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was brutally slain in her Los Angeles rental home by members of the Manson Family, along with three house guests. Tate was only 26 when she died.

Hilary Duff will take on the role in an upcoming indie horror film titled The Haunting of Sharon Tate. The upcoming film was slammed by Tate's sister Debra in a new interview with People. She took particular issue with an alleged scene in the film in which Tate has a premonition of having her throat slit, calling the fictionalized element of the story "tacky."
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Charlie Says

The Crown star Matt Smith will take on the role of Manson himself in Charlie Says, an upcoming film directed by American Psycho helmer Mary Harron. Despite the title, Variety reports that the new movie will focus primarily on the women who were convicted of Manson family crimes as they come to terms with their horrific actions.
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The Untitled Quentin Tarantino Movie

The Manson crimes will be the jumping-off point for Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino's next venture. The film, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio and is rumored to have other big names like Margot Robbie in talks for roles, will reportedly take place around the same time as the Tate-Labianca murders and focus on two men trying to break into Hollywood.
American Horror Story: Cult

While not an upcoming movie, the most recent season of Ryan Murphy's FX horror anthology also gave Manson a nod. Ever the acting chameleon, Evan Peters took on the role of Manson, who appeared like a vision to his blue-haired cult leader Kai Anderson. Peters' Manson told Peters' Kai to carry out "A Night of 100 Tates" by killing pregnant women. Fortunately, the plan is foiled thanks to a "nasty woman."
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While not actually a character on MINDHUNTER, Manson is namechecked multiple times on the FBI-centric series. It's the lack of understanding of Manson's crimes that encourages Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) to pursue study of criminal behavior.
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