The aforementioned film was a story about Ted Bundy, adapted from the book written by his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. Very much from the female perspective, it showed a new light on a horrific true story.
It seems that this sort of point of view is in vogue at the moment, as a similar take is being used on the Charles Manson story, when his “family” was ordered to murder seven people in 1969.
The “family” included Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel and Charlie Says very much focuses on them, as they get deeper and deeper into Manson’s nefarious cult.
Have a watch of the trailer…
You’ll recognise Matt Smith as Manson himself, resembling Viggo Mortensen’s Aragon more than anything else. He’s joined by Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon and Suki Waterhouse as the three leads; women who went on to kill Gary Hinman, actress Sharon Tate and her four friends and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the next day.
Charlie Says flips between the time when Van Houten, Atkins and Krenwinkel were on death row – something that was later changed into life sentences – talking to Karlene Faith in therapy sessions, subsequently showing flashbacks to their time with Charles Manson.
If you can find it, Charlie Says is actually in cinemas today (10th May) and who knows, maybe it’ll be worth it.
If you were in to Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile then you’ll probably be into this.
Images via Roxwell Films, Voltage Pictures