Matt Smith is Manson in First Trailer for Mary Harron's 'Charlie Says'

March 12, 2019
Source: YouTube

Charlie Says Trailer

"We don't talk about our pasts. Our lives started when we met Charlie." IFC Films has released the trailer for Charlie Says, another new film about Hollywood killer Charles Manson. This is the latest film from acclaimed filmmaker Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page), and it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. The story focuses on three young women who were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case; when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. A woman goes into the prison to teach them, and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes - exploring how it all happened in flashbacks with "Charlie". Matt Smith stars as Manson, with Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendón, Merritt Wever, Suki Waterhouse, Annabeth Gish, Grace Van Dien, and Chace Crawford. I'm not the biggest fan of this film, but it does cover some interesting ground and feature a few great performances.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Mary Harron's Charlie Says, direct from IFC's YouTube:

Charlie Says Film

Charlie Says Poster

Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, three women who killed for him—Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón)—remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith). Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan—until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did? Charlie Says is directed by Canadian filmmaker Mary Harron, director of the films I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, and The Moth Diaries previously. The screenplay is written by Guinevere Turner; inspired by the book written by Karlene Faith & Ed Sanders. This premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and it will play at the Tribeca Film Festival next. IFC Films will release Harron's Charlie Says in select theaters starting May 10th this spring, plus VOD on May 17th. Intrigued?

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I'll wait for Tarantino and Mindhunter season 2's takes on Manson. I read they cast the same actor to play him too.

Efterklang on Mar 12, 2019


You'd think a trailer would be released anytime now for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

THE_RAW_ on Mar 14, 2019


Yeah, hope it's coming up soon.

Efterklang on Mar 14, 2019


I don't know what to think of those films about real American psychos. I mean, nothing substantially interesting about the whole thing. Society in which they did what they did doesn't feel responsible for what they have become so it's a sound assumption that they diverted just a bit for an ideal of freedom. I don't remember the story or a film that question what allowed for that diversion. Anyway, this looks mediocre and might be worthy of watch only for Merritt Wever. She was good in that series Godless ...

shiboleth on Mar 12, 2019


I've not been a fan of this director's work and I'm sick of stories about Manson. It's just kicking a dead horse. The casting of the English actor Smith seems like an odd choice and an incorrect one. This whole affair seems rather expositive and derivative and the 'new' angle of psychologically getting beneath all of Manson's manipulation of the young ladies sounds good but can't hide the fact that they acted like monsters. It's like if it looks and acts and sounds like a duck (monster) than surely it is. I ain't buying this whole take on the debacle and horror that was Manson and his brain dead followers.

thespiritbo on Mar 12, 2019


Nah. Nah.

DAVIDPD on Mar 12, 2019


This looks like just another exploitative attempt to capitalize on weirdly fascinating/shocking story. Loved American Psycho, but this...doesn't "WOW" or intrigue me.

THE_RAW_ on Mar 14, 2019

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