Leslie, My Name Is Evil

Leslie, My Name Is Evil
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Directed by Reginald Harkema
Produced by
Written by Reginald Harkema
Music by Paul Kehayas
Cinematography Jonathon Cliff
Edited by Scott Vickrey
New Real Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14) (TIFF)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

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 August 1969 for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. The story revolves around how a young juror, Perry, becomes infatuated with Leslie during her trial.



After the film was renamed, Twitch Film criticized the film's marketing as deceptive, as it emphasized Manson instead of Van Houten.[1]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator website, reports that 67% of nine surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 5.96/10.[2] 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."[3] Peter Howell of the Toronto Star rated it 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".[4] Todd Brown of Twitch Film wrote that "despite some very promising elements, Harkema is just not quite up to the task."[5]


  1. ^ Brown, Todd (2010-09-06). "Dear Lionsgate And Lightning Entertainment: Please Stop Lying To Your Audience". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  2. ^ "Manson, My Name Is Evil (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  3. ^ Groen, Rick (2010-05-21). "Leslie, My Name is Evil: Connecting the parallel universes". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  4. ^ Howell, Peter (2010-05-20). "Leslie, My Name is Evil: Message pounded home with sledgehammer". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  5. ^ Brown, Todd (2009-09-10). "TIFF 09: LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2014-10-24.

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