The Haunting of Sharon Tate is so naked in its goals. One of four Manson Anniversary films to drop during the summer of 2019 on various media, this one tries to dip a toe into both markets. It’s part Manson piece and the other part is shameless indie horror cash-in. But, using real archival footage takes this film to another level.
Hilary Duff is workable as Sharon Tate. However, it’s just a countdown clock until Margot Robbie blows her off the map. What Duff gets stuck with in this film is having to portray Tate as an inactive victim. The film’s main angle is that Tate keeps having dreams about the Manson Family murdering her. She blames her friends for letting strangers near the house and generally screw with her security.
By the end of the film, the narrative is that Tate knew what was coming and didn’t stop it. As an act of historical fiction, the effort to put Tate at blame for her own death is screwed up. You get a commentary and featurette as the sole special features.