Our dude eyes someone with a suspicious stare…
We then cut to the first glimpse of Charlie, who waves at Cliff. This is a chilling moment as Herriman perfectly captures Manson’s ability to be simultaneously creepy and charming with a single facial expression.
And here we see some of the Mansonites hanging out…
In this scene, we see Sharon training with Bruce. In real life, the pair actually trained together and Lee was even investigated for the Manson murders. Again, it’ll be interesting to see how Tarantino portrays their relationship in the movie.
The trailer’s upbeat tone is replaced by a sinister one as a car makes its way up the hill to Cielo Drive.
A hand grabs a gun. Suffice to say, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn’t appear to be entirely celebratory and funny.
It’s safe to assume that this scene shows Manson’s followers heading out to carry out the horrible atrocities that made them infamous. Naturally, any movie featuring the Manson clan was going to take a dark turn eventually, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the film rewrites history in regards to the massacre.
Fortunately, the trailer ends on a positive note. “You’re Rick fuckin’ Dalton. Don’t you forget it.” These are the words of encouragement the washed-up actor needs to hear if he’s going to find his groove again. At its heart, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood looks like a feel-good buddy movie and the chemistry between DiCaprio and Pitt is infectious.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters on July 26th.