Check out the trailer for The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which finds Hilary Duff playing the murdered actress and model. The film offers up a take on the events leading to and including the night that Tate and four others were brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family cult in August 1969.
It looks like they’re going down the horror-slasher-movie route with this one, which could prove to be an intense watch… or an exploitation piece done in bad taste. There’s no denying the horror of what really went down. Tate was eight and half months pregnant (filmmaker Roman Polanski, her partner, was filming a movie in Europe at this time) when she was killed. She had been stabbed 16 times. The film is based on real quotes from Tate; in an interview prior to her death, she revealed that she had experienced nightmares of ghosts and had foreseen that a satanic cult would be responsible for her death. Eerie.
Duff certainly looks the part, although it remains to be seen if she’s given a chance to do more than scream and cry – in itself an exhausting gig for any performer. Margot Robbie, by the way, is also playing Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
This film is written and directed by Daniel Farrands, who’s certainly making a name for himself with films based on real-life murders. Apart from this, there’s also the currently-in-slow-distribution The Amityville Murders, as well as The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, which finds Mena Suvari playing OJ Simpson’s ex-wife.
The Haunting of Sharon Tate, also starring Jonathan Bennet, Lydia Hearst, Tyler Johnson, Pawel Szajda, and Ben Mellish as Charles Manson, opens in limited US cinemas as well as On Demand on April 5.