The Movie: 3/10
I like horror movies…MOVIES, fiction, made up stories and tales of weird and terrible things. It’s not for everyone, but I have always enjoyed a good scare or being freaked out, while being safe and sound in my own chair, under my blanket. The thing about horror in real life is that it’s REAL LIFE and REAL PEOPLE suffer at the hands of terrible destructive other people. Using a story like the murders of Sharon Tate and her friends with fiction added to it, well, it’s just rude. Not only that, it’s not clever, not smart, not entertaining. There is nothing about the concept of this movie that makes it a worth it.
I will say I liked Hillary Duff, for some of the scenes. She convinced me she was afraid, confused, and portrayed Sharon Tate with some amount of strength. I cannot say the same for any other person in this entire flick. The dialogue is atrocious. The performances sometimes feel like a bad play in a back street theater. I really disliked the cast, other than Duff. I thought, for a few minutes, the style was intentionally stunted and boring, but then it became a reality…it wasn’t on purpose.
As for the story, it’s really awful. The idea is this, Sharon Tate and her friends WERE murdered horribly, BUT WHAT IF there are infinite choices everyone could have made and WHAT IF we can all get a fake version of the ending of their very sad story but with a twist that selfishly tries to make us all feel better about how these people died. We get flashes of what actually happened mixed with some other dream or delusion of what could have happened if the victims had fought back. It’s so insulting.
If you want to make a move about a fictional character who is a potential victim but turns the tables on a criminal, go for it, but don’t twist the truth about real victims around to get people to pay attention to your movie. Do better.
- Audio Commentary With Director Daniel Farrands
- The Haunting Of Sharon Tate Featurette (4 Minutes) – Short look at the making of the film.
- Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 7/10
The Haunting of Sharon Tate comes to Blu-ray from lions gate and visually is about what I expected. Filmed with a 70’s look the color grading is quite harsh and adds to the films look. I did see some banding in certain scenes but not enough to hurt the overall score. Flesh tones are good and black levels are on par for a 2019 Blu-ray release.
Using the DTS-HD Master Audio codec the movie also sounds good with the first half being full of music and jump scare type cues. The dialog is clean and clear and always centralized like it should be.
Overall Score 3/10