Wednesday, Nov 30 2022

The Haunting of Sharon Tate Review

The Haunting of Sharon Tate challenges fate and provides you with the unexpected.  Hope. One year before her death, Sharon Tate had a premonition of what eventually was that fateful night where she and four others within her home were to be murdered.  This film isn't an exact historical account, but exercises questions that we all have about being able to change a pivotal event in our life. There are many details that were meticulously used to recreate the same space that is familiar to all that followed the case.  Those easter eggs can be seen throughout if you have a keen eye for them.

There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding this film due to fears that this will follow others within the genre that have treated horrific tragedies, such as this, with a lack of sensitivity.  That is not the case here, as this film has heart. With 2019 being the fiftieth anniversary of this infamous crime and the recent death of the man that had orchestrated these murders, there has been hesitation through the uncertainty that this film would not honor the memories of the victims.  There was nothing disrespectful or exploitative here. I feel that it was handled tastefully, though exploring something nightmarishly true. What qualifies this as a horror film was the scenes that depicted the horrific murders and the events prior to them, yet it conveys a much deeper story than your typical by-the-numbers true crime film.

The Haunting of Sharon Tate is writer and director, Daniel Farrands', second theatrical feature film, releasing just two months after his first feature film was released into theaters, The Amityville Murders.  He clearly has an eye for detail and it shows in his work. Though both features are about true crimes, he is very respectful in his approach to such controversial tragedies. Check it out in theaters and On Demand on April 5th.