Given the title, you might think “Manson Family Vacation” is a twisted horror movie, with roots going back to the ’60s madman that scarred a generation. Instead, the film is a twisted comedy that ties into the cult leader, and after premiering earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival (where it won for Excellence In Poster Design), the picture is now headed to cinemas, promising something a little more offbeat than your usual fare.
Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips star in the movie, directed by J. Davis., that follows Nick, a successful L.A. lawyer, who is visited by his down-on-his-luck, estranged, Manson-obsessed brother Conrad, and the pair are soon taking a tour of the psychopath’s California landmarks. Here’s the official synopsis:
Nick Morgan (Jay Duplass) has it all: a loving family, a beautiful home and a successful law practice in Los Angeles. His estranged brother Conrad (Linas Phillips) has nothing but a backpack. When Conrad shows up for a surprise visit, all he wants to do in town is go to the infamous Manson Family murder sites. Reluctantly, Nick joins him and ends up on a road trip that leads the brothers into the modern-day world of Charles Manson.
Katie was pleasantly surprised by “Manson Family Vacation” when she saw it in Austin, calling it “unexpected and charming,” and you can see for yourself when this hits iTunes and On Demand on October 6th.