A GOOD CHOICE | ALEXANDER ELMORE
Critically acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has unofficially announced that he will write and direct a film version of the story of the Manson Family murders.
The Manson family committed a total of seven murders on the nights of Aug. 8-10, 1969. The murders, while violent, were all the more shocking the murderers claimed to be doing the Devils work. Now, all of the family and its followers are imprisoned or dead.
While Tarantino is no stranger to dark, disturbing, and ultraviolent films, this project will be the director’s first film to be based on true events. If Tarantino completes his project, he will not be the first filmmaker to tackle the intense and dark subject matter. However, it’s more than likely that Tarantino’s film will be among, if not the most, violent of those in existence.
Tarantino’s announcement has sparked controversy. Opposition to the project founded in the belief that Tarantino’s style of filmmaking will not present the stories accurately, and will ultimately disrespect those who were killed.
However, Tarantino is a good choice for the director’s chair, as he knows how to make intense and dark subject matter into engaging movies, so long as he does not change the events that transpired. If Tarantino tells the story as it actually happened-even if he chooses to do so with Manson being the main character-he should be able to creatively interpret the true story as he wishes.
In fact, Tarantino is a particularly good choice to helm such a project because of his tendency to make violent films. The murders were incredibly shocking and violent. However, due to the overabundance of violent media available, those who do not know the story of Manson murders would likely not find it disturbing.
Tarantino should use his craftsmanship in making “hard R” films to create something that viewers unacquainted with the events will find shocking and disturbing. He has the opportunity to make a film that overcomes the violent standard he himself helped create by being more disturbing in order to capture the stigma surrounding the Manson murders.
GLORIFYING HORRIFIC MURDERS | Jaleesia Fobbs
Quentin Tarantino is working on a new project, and while there are reasons to get excited for the director’s film, this feature will focus on the infamous and controversial Manson Family murders.
You don’t have to be a movie addict to know that Tarantino’s films are raw, uncensored, and often include intense dialogue, ruthless violence, and gory scenes. With previous films such as The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, and Inglorious Bastards, this film will be Tarantino’s first movie inspired by real-life characters. The renowned writer and director is known to have a certain style when it comes to his films, and because this film differs from what he’s used to, one can only hope that this film delivers an inviting, tasteful, yet historically accurate version of the events surrounding the Manson Family.
committed a total of nine murders led by Charles Manson, who was a mass murderer. The most notorious crime committed by Charles and the Manson Family was known as the Tate murders in which famous actress Sharon Tate and some of her friends and family were brutally slaughtered. This eventually lead to the incarceration and life imprisonment of the Manson Family.
The Manson Family murders are obviously not a fictional story, and because Tarantino’s films are often entertaining, this is a story that should be taken seriously.
Even though Tarantino is still in the early stages of the film there are many reasons to believe that this film may glorify the horrific events surrounding the Manson family. With the many directions this movie could take and the many actors who are eligible to portray the characters in this film, it is too soon to tell what viewers might expect from Tarantino, but at this point, it’s best to be wary.