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The Haunting of Sharon Tate Movie Review

Written by Ali Chappell

Released by Saban Films

The Haunting Of Sharon Tate Large

Written and directed by Daniel Farrands
2019, 94 minutes, Rated R
Released on April 5th, 2019

Hilary Duff as Sharon Tate
Johnathan Bennett as Jay Sebring
Lydia Hearst as Abigail Folger
Pawel Szajda as Wojciech Frykowshi

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When I was requested to review The Haunting Of Sharon Tate, my first thought was, “Lizzie McGuire in a horror film? YES PLEASE,” and then I proceeded to sing “What Dreams Are Made Of” because at the end of the day, this is what dreams are made of. Watching Hilary Duff in a horror film is literally my childhood being smashed together with my adulthood.

The Haunting of Sharon Tate revolves around Sharon Tate, played by Hilary Duff, who is eight months pregnant and ready to burst. She is staying at the country home she owns with her husband Roman Polanski; who by the way, never shows up, but they talk about him enough. Writer/director Daniel Farrands really felt the need to spoon feed to the audience who Polanski is. Sharon is staying with her are friends Jay Sebring, Lydia Folger (heir to the coffee fortune) and Wojciech Frykowshi (Pawel Szajda), while she waits out the last month of her pregnancy in peace. Pawel has a good scene where his character just tells some story about how he’s the reason Roman Polanski is a successful director (and how Polanski is a little gnome). It’s great.

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The first night there this guy shows up, who we are led to believe is Charles Manson (played by a glorified extra) and leaves a demo reel at the door for some guy named Terry. As it turns out, a record producer named Terry was renting out the country home just before they arrived. Manson was not informed of this and proceeded to stalk them and leave manila envelopes with his demo on it. Which, his music is not terrible, just saying I’d listen to it probably.

Sharon is also not informed that her friends were just renting out her home to strangers. Sharon starts having nightmares about them all being killed by strangers, which I guess is where the haunting part of this movie comes in? No idea why they felt the need to call the “The Haunting of”; she had nightmares. No one was getting haunted. Also, I know I said “nightmares”, but she barely has more than one. She wants to leave and see Roman, but before she can, Charles Manson shows up and kills them all. Then the movie ends.

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When making a film about real life people who still have a family that aren’t dead, you really should tread lightly. The Haunting of Sharon Tate depicts quite a few graphic scenes of their deaths, which for a horror movie is great, but not so much to the families of the victims. It’s sort of offensive from that angle. Overall, it is a less-than-okay movie. It mildly feels like everyone involved hadn’t worked in a while and they just really needed to make something that was click-bait worthy. It’s also just lazy; it’s majority shock factor that is tied loosely to a poorly written story. Hilary Duff is amazing and doesn’t need to lower herself to that level, but I will say that she at least looks quite like Sharon Tate, so that helps this film, but it doesn’t save it by any means. The reason I’m giving it two stars is because of the Duff Stuff herself but also because Sharon Tate in real life was wonderful and needs recognition (but maybe not THIS kind of recognition).

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Movie: 2 Star Rating Cover
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About The Author
Ali Chappell
Staff Reviewer - Canada
Ali Chappell grew up in a wholesome Canadian family that embraced her love of horror at a young age, which allowed her to become desensitized towards its violent nature. She has a several degrees, including business, a triple threat theater degree and is currently working on her third in the field of archaeology. On top of being a writer and an avid horror fan, she is also a yoga teacher, archer, tarot card reader, in the midst of planning her first heist and still enjoys the bright life of being a struggling actress. When she isn't traveling the globe, she is usually found hiding in a movie theater hating the world and everyone in it. However, she is also very optimistic and cheerful and hopes one day Joe Dante will notice her (so she can stop obsessing over him, it's getting kind of weird).
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