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"Manson's Lost Girls" review by Suzanne 2/1/16
Premieres Saturday, February 6, 8/7c on Lifetime

I really enjoyed this movie. The performances are very good and believable. In the mid-70's, when I was just 14 and had moved to a condo in the suburbs of San Diego, I read "Helter Skelter."  It was very scary, and it gave me nightmares. Also, this condo was in a cul-de-sac, much like the homes the Manson family hit, also in Southern California. Even though they were in jail and convicted by that point, it still made me feel very scared and vulnerable to think that someone could just break into your home and kill you. You have to remember that this was a very unusual thing back then. Crimes like that just didn't happen all of the time, especially in non-urban settings. (It's still fairly rare; most violent crimes are done by family members and friends - people you know, not strangers) They did have burglars, but they didn't generally kill people and usually broke into people's homes when they weren't there. Also, we didn't have 24 hour cable news and the internet, telling us about every awful thing out in the world. Kids and teens were pretty innocent about things, compared to today's kids.

Anyway, this film does a good job of showing what the lives of the Manson family were like, particularly his girls. Like most cult members, they were all from troubled homes, runaways and the like, and were looking for love and someone to guide them. They fell in with a bad person, and he further corrupted them with drugs and mind games.  The heroine of the movie (and in real life) is Linda Kasabian, who liked their hippie lifestyle but not the violence that started happening. She had a young daughter and was horrified by the killings.

I won't spoil for you what happens, but it's a pretty well-known part of history for most of us. MacKenzie Mauzy does a great job as Linda (I had seen her as Phoebe in "Bold & The Beautiful" where she was also great, and in "Forever" on ABC).  Eden Brolin was outstanding as Susan; she really threw herself into that role. Everyone does a very good job.

This movie is really worth watching and kind of scary and creepy. Don't watch it right before going to bed! Or watch a funny sitcom after it, particularly if you live in a suburban cul-de-sac in Southern California :)

Read Our Interview with actors MacKenzie Mauzy, Eden Brolin and Christian Madsen

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Manson's Lost Girls
 

Premieres Saturday, February 6 at 8pm ET/PT
 


 

45 years ago today, on January 25, 1971, cult leader Charles Manson was convicted, along with followers. See how it all unfolded here.

The psychedelic summer of 1969 comes to life in the Lifetime Original Movie, Manson’s Lost Girls, featuring the next generation of Hollywood stars MacKenzie Mauzy, (Into the Woods), Eden Brolin (I Dream Too Much), Greer Grammer (Awkward) and Christian Madsen (Divergent). The film paints a new picture of Charles Manson's (Jeff Ward, The Mentalist) world, as told through the stories of Linda Kasabian (Mauzy) and the other women who fell under his demonic spell to create one of the most famous cults of all time. Brolin stars as Susan Atkins, Grammer is Leslie Van Houten, Madsen portrays Tex Watson, Grace Victoria Cox (Under the Dome) is Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme, Isabel Shill (Orange is the New Black) stars as Patricia Krenwinkel and Garrett Coffey (Battle for Skyark) is Bobby Beausoleil. Manson’s Lost Girls follows Linda as she first arrives at the seemingly idyllic Spahn Ranch hippie commune where she is embraced with open arms. Seduced by the group’s free-love lifestyle, Linda revels in the sisterhood and acceptance. Taken with Manson, he soon draws her into criminal activities, including late-night “creepy crawls” to steal from lavish homes. Linda reluctantly becomes an accomplice in Manson’s “Helter Skelter,” a drug-fueled murder spree that included the brutal death of pregnant actress Sharon Tate. She ultimately breaks away and turns herself in as a witness for the prosecution and helps to convict Manson.


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