Leslie, My Name Is Evil
|Leslie, My Name Is Evil|
|Directed by||Reginald Harkema|
|Written by||Reginald Harkema|
|Music by||Paul Kehayas|
|Edited by||Scott Vickrey|
New Real Films
|Running time||85 minutes|
Leslie, My Name Is Evil is a 2009 Canadian film written and directed by Reginald Harkema. It was renamed Manson, My Name is Evil after its initial release.
Leslie is a troubled 1960s teenager who eventually becomes a follower of Charles Manson and is charged, convicted, and sentenced to death in the August, 1969, murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. The story revolves around how a young juror, Perry, becomes infatuated with Leslie during her trial.
- Kristen Hager as Leslie Van Houten
- Gregory Smith as Perry
- Ryan Robbins as Charlie Manson
- Kristin Adams as Dorothy
- Peter Keleghan as Walter
- Kaniehtiio Horn as Patricia Krenwinkel
- Anjelica Scannura as Susan Atkins
- Travis Milne as Bobby Beausoleil
- Sarah Gadon as Laura
- Tom Barnett as Bob Ronka
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 57% of seven surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6/10. Rick Groen of The Globe and Mail rated it 2/4 stars and called it "a cinematic essay that occasionally seems smart and sometimes just smart-alecky." Peter Howell of The Toronto Star rated 1.5/4 stars and wrote that Harkema's comparison of the Manson murders to the Vietnam War "a dubious, illogical and frankly offensive connection to make". Todd Brown of Twitch Film wrote that "despite some very promising elements, Harkema is just not quite up to the task."
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- Groen, Rick (2010-05-21). "Leslie, My Name is Evil: Connecting the parallel universes". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
- Howell, Peter (2010-05-20). "Leslie, My Name is Evil: Message pounded home with sledgehammer". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
- Brown, Todd (2009-09-10). "TIFF 09: LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-10-24.