The Haunting of Sharon Tate Looks More Cheesy Than Terrifying

Illustration for article titled iThe Haunting of Sharon Tate/i Looks More Cheesy Than Terrifying
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In August 1969, Sharon Tate, then married to director Roman Polanski, was murdered in their Los Angeles home while she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant. (Polanski was in Europe at the time.) Four other people were murdered in the same killing spree, all committed by followers of Charles Manson. Hilary Duff (yes, that Hilary Duff) will star as Tate in an upcoming movie about the murders, along with Jonathan Bennett, aka Aaron from Mean Girls.

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Us Weekly premiered the trailer for The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which has no release date yet and, based on this preview, looks both disturbing and corny. Duff, wearing headbands and ’70s floral print, seems committed to the role, although not in a good way... Just listen to her accent. Parts of the movie are shot in widescreen, while others are made to look like archival footage but clearly aren’t because Duff appears in them??? See below. (You can also watch the trailer here.)

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The Haunting is completely separate from Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is loosely based on the brutal murder of Tate (played by Margot Robbie) and will reportedly star Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio... as the lead character’s neighbors.

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t even think Sharon Tate was “haunted” or harassed like this trailer seems to suggest? It was by and large a random killing (with the exception of the fact that Manson knew the Cielo Drive house because a record producer who’d rebuffed him had once rented it, and he wanted whoever lived there to be a pawn in his manufactured race war). It seems wrong to turn Tate into some traumatized, suffering horror trope.

This whole thing feels gross.