With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the horrific Manson murders, the tale of Sharon Tate is drawing the spotlight once again. The Haunting of Sharon Tate has officially released their first trailer with Hilary Duff starring as Tate.
For this first glimpse, things are not looking great for The Haunting of Sharon Tate. The trailer starts off okay, setting up the scene of Sharon and her friends all hanging out at her home. But it quickly dissolves into a bunch of quick shots presenting Tate as a paranoid woman seeing premonitions of her murder. The film doesn’t appear to be very factual when approaching the subject material, opting for a flashier horror-filled stalker film treatment.
Earlier last year Debra Tate, Sharon’s sister, told People magazine that she found the upcoming film “classless” and “exploitative”. Not a good way to start, especially given that Debra Tate has given her full support to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which also dramatizes the Tate murders.
For anyone unfamiliar, Sharon Tate was an American actress and model who was brutally murdered, along with three of her friends, by the Manson Family Cult in August 1969. At the time, Tate was eight months pregnant and married to director Roman Polanski. These vicious murders shocked the world and brought international infamy to Charles Manson and his “family”.
The Haunting of Sharon Tate does not yet have a theatrical or VOD release date. From what we’ve seen in the trailer, it will be interesting to see the public reactions. Regardless of how this film is depicting the events, 2019 will most likely bring public attention back to Sharon Tate’s story.