Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Helter Skelter: An American Myth (2020) – A Quick Capsule TV Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Helter Skelter: An American Myth takes a DEEP dive into the story of Charles Manson, the Manson family and the infamous Tate–LaBianca murders that changed Hollywood forever.   And when I say deep I mean deep.  Across the 6 hours Helter Skelter: An American Myth takes look at what made Mason, the murders and subsequent trial that sentenced Manson and his followers to death.  It’s fascinating stuff and seeing interviews with former family members (and hearing interviews with those still in jail) gives an intimate look into the shocking events but after watching the series I was left wondering if I actually learnt much that I hadn’t seen before.  After all these are VERY well reported events – with films, shows, podcasts, books and more available.  And for a detailed series it often brushes over areas where greater depth could have been fascinating.  So overall there’s a lot of good here but for those who know the stories maybe not enough you haven’t heard before.

Best Bit: Detail. So much detail.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Hannibal, Mindhunter, Making A Murderer


7 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...