Film Preview: Charlie Says (2019)

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(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 17, 2019


From IMDb: “Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them – and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.”

Poster Rating: B- / C (2) / C- / D

Review: (#1) The semi-psychedelic design fits the period well, though the colors don’t work well together and the construction is clunky. (#2-#3) This pair of posters is nearly identical and that’s the problem. Both of them employ a heavy amount of red with the second being less heavily awash int he color. (#4) Is this a potential scene from “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, or something altogether different. The blocky nature and cheap looking embellishments are all poorly combined. (#5) Taking the blocky design of the previous poster and combining them poorly into this even less impressive fifth design simply does not work.

Trailer Rating: C+

Review: Some of the charm of Charles Manson comes through in the trailer, but the film is focused more on rehabilitating the women he brainwashed. While that’s not an ignoble goal, the trailer doesn’t make a case for it being a riveting or important version.

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