Charles Manson and the infamous Tate Murders that took place on August 9th of 1969 still terrify society today. We are still compelled by the lunacy and terrible acts that took place that fateful night and the kind of power one man could obtain to cause so much damage. It looks like we will be getting another Hollywood interpretation of these events but through a different viewpoint. The trailer for the new Manson movie Charlie Says (2019) has just dropped!

Charlie Says will portray the story of that horrible night from the eyes of the three women involved in the murders; Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. The trailer keeps a lot under wraps, but it will be interesting to see how this film will focus truly on their relationships with each other, with Charlie, and with his belief system and ideaology. Are they victims as well because of being brainwashed by him to do such atrocities?


Mary Harron, who was the brilliant mind behind the adaptation of American Psycho (2000), is directing this one. It will be interesting bringing a director who isn’t afraid of the nitty-gritty violence showing something as iconic as this. Also seeing as how American Psycho was from a psychotic male perspective, it will be interesting to see her take on the psychology of women in this film.

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The plot:

Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them – and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.


Charlie Says is directed by Mary Harron and star Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones), Sosie Bacon (Scream: The TV Series), Marriane Rendon (Mapplethorpe), Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Grace Van Dien (Awaken the Shadowman), Chace Crawford (The Covenant) and Matt Smith (Dr. Who). It is written by Guinevere Turner (who also adapted American Psycho) inspired by the book by Karlene Faith and Ed Sanders.


Charlie Says comes out May 17th, 2019. Are you excited for Charlie Says? Join the conversation with the Nightmare on Film Street community on Twitter, our official Subreddit, and the Horror Fiend Club Facebook Group!