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Manson: My Name is Evil (2009/Lionsgate DVD)


Picture: C-     Sound: C     Extras: D     Feature: C+


Charles Mason, a name forever associated with the death and murders of the American people in its heartland.  A young American boy, Perry serves on jury duty in the Mason case.  As he watches the various female 'Mason' family members give their testimonies, he can only wonder are they so very different than him?  As the trail drags on he struggles with his own moral conscience and his social duty as a fellow American... can they be redeemed, or are they truly evil and deserve to die?  This is what Manson: My Name Is Evil asks.

It was the 1960s, the Summer of Love, in a time of war it was everyone's American duty to be patriotic, but there those who believed society was only following a military minded social system and refused, they believed the American way was 'wrong'.  Young chemist Perry is caught up in these changing times, while he was never part of that culture, he had sympathy for those who didn't agree with draft or war, mainly the various 'hippies' of the 60s and was intrigued by their free love culture.  While serving on jury duty he could not refrain wondering about a sensual female member of the Mason family, pretty, young, and looks like she could be the girl next door, what could cause her to murder a complete strangers she never knew?
Based on historical events, this movie oddly does not focus on Charles Mason as much as the minor characters.  Leslie a young girl is adopted into the Mason family, she is attracted to the ideal of releasing her inhibitions and being angry about society.  Meanwhile the character Perry, a young male is sexually frustrated and finds himself attracted to Leslie and wonders if ideas of 'free love' is so bad.  As the case continues, he continues to watch her and he has second thoughts on his own religious convictions and his own fiancé.  While both of them doesn't realize, but each one of them is a representation of an individual influenced/brainwashed by society, social pressure, and people they are close to... and there is a thin line between normal and crazy.



-   Ricky Chiang


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