I have known about the Tate-Labianca murders for a long time, probably way longer than I should. When I was a little kid, my cousin Keri stayed with us for a bit and had a book report for school that she chose to do on Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Bugliosi was the lead prosecutor on the Manson family case, and there I was at about five or six years old, hearing about this crazy murderer Charlie Manson. To be fair, Manson has always been in the public eye. The news and entertainment media LOVED him, as can be evidenced from the hundreds upon hundreds of news items found if you simply Google his name.
It’s now 2019, which means that on August 9th, it will have been 50 years since Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkle killed Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Steven Parent under Manson’s instructions.
The thing is, most of us know a lot about Manson and “The Family.” There are two films entitled Helter Skelter, one a tv movie from 1974 and another an independent film from 2004. Additionally, there’s Manson, My Name is Evil —a 2009 film that focuses on Family member Leslie Van Houten. There are scores of other films or television shows that directly speak about Manson or The Family, or were very heavily influenced by them.
“We don’t often hear about things from the victim’s perspective, and that is where The Haunting of Sharon Tate differs from most of these Manson Family films…”
We don’t often hear about things from the victim’s perspective, and that is where The Haunting of Sharon Tate differs from most of these Manson Family films. We only ever see Charles Manson in this film a few times. If that throws you off the trail of wanting to see this, then sorry, but it really shouldn’t. The film focuses on the budding actress and wife of not-yet-creepy Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate. Sharon had starred most famously in Valley of the Dolls but also appeared in a handful of other films and television shows.