With Netflix’s releases of Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, movies about well-known serial murders and who or what contributed to their crimes are at an all-time high. The next criminal Hollywood is examining, naturally, is Charles Manson, a criminal and cult leader who formed the Manson Family to help him carry out multiple killings, including that of actress Sharon Tate. The new biopic Charlie Says casts the focus three women who were Manson’s followers — Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón) — and how they rationalized committing diabolical acts for Manson. The movie is bound to have you feeling uneasy as Manson (Matt Smith) is depicted doing everything, including showing the women how to stab their victims.
The real Manson Girls, who were all sentenced to prison, somehow believed Mason’s sick plans for the world were for the betterment of society and that they owed him their loyalty. To portray such a dark and disturbing story based on true events and real people, director Mary Harron enlisted some of the best actors who have had budding success in recent years. So, let’s take a look at the list of stars who decided to tackle this difficult part of history and the real people they played who will forever be tied to Charles Manson.