Total Pageviews

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Helter Skelter

"The Story In Which You  Are About To Read Will Scare The Hell Out Of You"...

     It's 100% true.   The book, written by Vincent Bugliosi, is the scariest book I have ever read.  Hands down the scariest.  Some may pass it off as just a crime story, but "Helter Skelter" is a chilling and amazing read that only gets better each time around.  There's a reason why "Helter Skelter" is the biggest selling true crime story ever published.  Several actually.  Bugliosi is such a good writer that you feel as if you are a witness to the horrific crimes committed.  That you're actually involved in the brilliant and notorious investigation.  You feel like you've survived the entire ordeal.  It's in fact so well described that you will never erase the images from your mind, no matter how hard you try.  With each reading I find myself becoming obsessed with the entire investigation, the period in history, even pulling out the Beatles "White Album". There's something about the Manson family that just gets under my skin...probably because it's true.  It's such a well written book that you truly can't stop reading once you've started.  It's the kind of book that can easily spook you late at night.  The thought of members of the Manson family sneaking into your house while you're asleep at night and putting a knife up to your throat is nothing short of horrifying.

     A made-for-tv movie was produced in 1976,  starring Steve Railsback as Charles Manson.  Although it was a well-done affair (despite some slightly over-the-top performances), it's still the best presentation of the book so far- even though it doesn't hold a candle to the book's overall creepiness.  It became another tv production in 2004 with Jeremy Davies taking on the role of Manson.  "Helter Skelter" is one of the most intense and fear-inducing stories I've ever come across- this is far scarier stuff than Freddy or Jason.  Nightmarish and fast-paced, it never lets up its relenting sense of dread even for one second.   I don't see how a fan of horror could not enjoy this book or movie.  This is TRUE horror.  If you truly want to be scared to death,  start reading "Helter Skelter" late one night by yourself and see what happens.  You'll be turning all the lights on before you know it.

No comments:

I in no way claim ownership of any image or video used on this blog.