Here’s some major news for fol­low­ers of under­ground side of cult film­mak­ing: Jim VanBebber’s The Manson Family will make its debut on the blu-ray for­mat in May, cour­tesy of Severin Films.  For those who haven’t seen it, this shock­ing yet art­ful film is per­haps the ulti­mate cin­e­mat­ic explo­ration of Manson and his fol­low­ers.  The blu-ray edi­tion will boast an HD trans­fer of the film, an unedit­ed ver­sion of the doc­u­men­tary about its mak­ing (The VanBebber Family) and a new short from VanBebber enti­tled Gator Green.  It will also return to the­aters in the U.S. for a 20-city the­atri­cal tour.  Read on for all the creepy-crawl­ing details, includ­ing a full list of cities and dates for its tour…

Severin Films Releases 


Jim VanBebber’s Controversial Masterpiece Gets

Blu-Ray Treatment, Theatrical Dates & New Poster.

Special Edition Of Underground Epic Will Include HD Transfer, 
VanBebber’s New GATOR GREEN Short & Other Exclusive Extras! 

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 21st, 2013 – Severin Films today announced the May 7th Blu-ray debut of Jim VanBebber’s leg­endary, award-win­ning indie THE MANSON FAMILY on the 10th anniver­sary of its orig­i­nal release. US the­atri­cal dates in 20 major cities are sched­uled through March and April and new poster art­work has been cre­at­ed by artist Stephen Romano for the occa­sion. VanBebber’s high­ly antic­i­pat­ed new short GATOR GREEN will accom­pa­ny many of the screen­ings and will also be includ­ed in the extras-packed Special Edition Blu-Ray release.

The the­atri­cal run launch­es at Landmark Theatres loca­tions in Denver and San Francisco on March 22nd and will con­tin­ue through April tak­ing in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston and many more (see below for a par­tial list of engage­ments, with more to be announced in the com­ing weeks).

THE MANSON FAMILY deliv­ers an uncom­pro­mis­ing, bru­tal vision of the col­lapse of the “Love Generation.” On a ranch out­side of LA the hip­pie dream is per­vert­ing into some­thing evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman’s para­noid visions. An aver­age group of kids, the “Family”, become engulfed in a delu­sion­al world where tor­ment and slaugh­ter is con­sid­ered the path to right­eous­ness. The Manson Family is a dizzy­ing, rapid-fire vision of the sex and vio­lence that uni­fies the mis­guid­ed group, and at the direc­tion of their lead­er, ends in a bru­tal spree leav­ing sev­en peo­ple dead in 48 hours. Now re-mas­tered in stun­ning HD for the first time ever in America. Extras include an all-new Director’s com­men­tary, the brand new short GATOR GREEN, the uncut ver­sion of the pre­vi­ous­ly cen­sored, fea­ture length doc­u­men­tary THE VANBEBBER FAMILY on the film’s near-mythic pro­duc­tion, and much more.

Severin Films was formed in 2006 with offices in Los Angeles and London. The com­pa­ny pro­duced the acclaimed 2012 hor­ror anthol­o­gy THE THEATRE BIZARRE and their pre­vi­ous releas­es include Richard Stanley’s restored HARDWARE, the all-star War clas­sic THE WILD GEESE, the unrat­ed Director’s Cut of Just Jaeckin’s GWENDOLINE, Enzo Castellari’s orig­i­nal action clas­sic INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, Oscar®-nominee Patrice Leconte’s THE HAIRDRESSER’S HUSBAND, the mid­night movie sen­sa­tion BIRDEMIC – SHOCK & TERROR, Eugenio Martin’s restored HORROR EXPRESS, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s incom­pa­ra­ble mas­ter­piece SANTA SANGRE.


2013 Theatrical Bookings

March 22 & 23 – Clay Theatre, San Francisco

March 22 & 23 – Esquire Theatre, Denver

March 27 – Boston Underground Film Festival — Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA

March 29 & 30 – Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, New York City

March 29 & 30 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston

March 29 – Plaza Theatre, Atlanta

April 3 – Granoff Center for the Arts, Providence RI

April 5 – Ritz Bourse, Philadelphia

April 5 & 6 – Egyptian Theatre, Seattle

April 12 – Logan Theatre, Chicago

April 12 & 13 – Hi-Pointe Theatre, St. Louis

April 13 – Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland

April 19 & 20 – E Street Theatre, Washington DC

April 19 & 20 – Inwood Theatre, Dallas

April 21 – Screenland Crossroads, Kansas City MO

April 23 – New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles