The Haunting of Sharon Tate
The Haunting of Sharon Tate is a 2019 American horror-thriller film written and directed by Daniel Farrands, and starring Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst, Pawel Szajda, and Ryan Cargill. The film is based on the 1969 Tate murders mixed with fictional elements.
It was released in the United States on April 5, 2019, by Saban Films.
Married to filmmaker Roman Polanski, actress Sharon Tate is a rising star who's about to have her first baby. Plagued by terrifying premonitions, Tate sees her worst nightmares come true when she encounters members of the Manson Family cult.
Why It Sucks
- Misleading title: Beyond the nightmares, there are no supernatural elements in the story.
- It exploits a real-life tragedy for profit, and disrespects it by adding a number of fictional elements.
- The film is basically a whole lot of padding, which contributes nothing to the plot and quickly gets annoying.
- The end of the film is especially bad, with it being shot entirely in choppy slow-motion so it can keep dragging on.
- The characters are extremely underdeveloped, as we don't really learn much about their backstories.
- It overuses many standard horror cliches, like jump-scares.
- It overuses historical stock footage.
- Inane and pretentious dialogue.
- Literally the same exact scenes are used over and over again. For instance, the same establishing shot of a moon, and another of a radio, is used three times in the movie.
- Bad acting: the characters and dialogue are wooden, and there are a lot of inconsistent accents.
- Terrible cinematography: many shots are poorly framed, and the jitter cam gets annoying after a while.
- Cheap special effects that look extremely unconvincing.
The film received mostly negative reviews, with a 19% critic rating and a 32% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, it got an 8 critic score with a 3.8 user rating and a 2.8 on IMDB.
- Sharon Tate's sister Debra hated the movie, calling it exploitative and fictionalized.