Matt Smith as Charles Manson in ‘Charlie Says’ is Deeply Unsettling


Matt. May I call you Matt? Matt, you are a sweet baby. Kind to children; Sweet to fans; Adorable at conventions. I know you want to be a little edgy, but CHARLES FREAKIN’ MANSON?

August 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders. The Labianca family has living members. Sharon Tate’s murder is still a bloody stain in the history of Los Angeles.  In a year where we already have a movie about infamous murderer Ted Bundy (played by childhood heartthrob Zac Efron) I was really disappointed to hear my sweet baby 11th Doctor is playing Charles Manson in the movie Charlie Says.

Here’s the synopsis:

Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him—Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón)—remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith). Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan—until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did? Boundary pushing auteur Mary Harron presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.

Here’s hoping Charlie Says shows these crimes as the horror they truly were.

Charlie Says comes to select theaters May 10th.


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