The question of "If a lonely tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?" takes on new life when approached from the angle of "If a movie features stop-motion animation, punk bands and a futuristic story about a messianic Charles Manson, is it automatically 'cult'?" John Roeckers "murder and mayhem" take on the Manson Family Murders, titled Live Freaky! Die Freaky!, addresses this question, but it's also fun enough to make Ray Harryhausen's mythical miniatures proud. After all, how else could one document the jump between 1969 and 3069 (the film's present day) and tell the story of Mr. Helter Skelter himself as a beloved leader re-imagined? This is where grindhouse meets grinding guitar (members of Green Day, X and Rancid lend voices and music), so smell the "cult" and see it at midnight at the Angelika on Friday and Saturday. The Angelika Film Center is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Call 214-841-4700.
Jan. 28, midnight