Charles Manson, the end of Hollywood’s Golden Age & bloody cinematic fantasies

Analysing the Tate murders and two contemporary movies based on the crime

A Sunday Mirror paper front page about the Tate murders (Sunday Mirror, August 10th 1969)
Charles Manson being led away in handcuffs after being found guilty of murder, 1971 (Alamy)
Figure 3: Gritty, violent movies like Black Christmas (1974) resonated with younger audiences and paved the way for the slasher genre. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Figure 4: Pussycat (Margaret Qualley) confronts Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) at the Spahn Ranch (Sony Pictures)
Figure 5: Cliff stands in front of his bosses’ Cadillac Coupe de Ville (Sony Pictures)
Figure 6: Behind the screen footage of a cameraman closely following Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate (Sony Pictures)
Figure 7: Cliff kicks Tex in the head, killing him (Sony Pictures)
Figure 8: Cliff then proceeds to slam the red-haired hippie girl twelve times on several surfaces in the house until she is dead. (Sony Pictures)
Figure 9: Rick Dalton watches as last intruder alive burns to death (Sony Pictures)
Figure 10: The letter I received from Charles D. Watson.
Figure 11: Abigail Folger (Lydia Hearst-Shaw) as seen in the first scene of The Haunting of Sharon Tate (Saban Films)
Figure 12: Abigail Folger’s body as photographed by the LAPD. (LAPD)
Figure 13: In a harrowing nightmare sequence, the murders play out similar to how they really did (Saban Films)
Figure 14: Voytek Frykowski hits his assailant in the head and then drowns her in the tub. (Saban Films)
Figure 15: In a redemptive twist, Sharon Tate takes away the gun of Tex Watson and finishes him off after he is hitin the neck with a shovel by Steven Parent (Saban Films)
Figure 16: In the final scene, Sharon Tate watches in horror as she lifts the sheet that is covering her own body. (Saban Films)



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Jelle Havermans

Jelle Havermans (1994) is a visual artist and writer. He writes about horror, true crime and the history of photography and film.