A pregnant Tate (Hilary Duff), having returned from London returns to her home in September 1969. Waiting for her is husband Roman Polanski’s, best friend Wojciech Frykowski (Pawel Szajda) and his girlfriend Abigail Folger (Lydia Hearst), heiress to the coffee fortune, house sitting while they were gone. They would watch over Sharon until Polanski returned from working on a film in Europe. Polanski was initially supposed to return with Sharon but didn’t. At the beginning of the film, Tate’s ex-boyfriend and current stylist Jay Sebring (Jonathan Bennett) was driving her to the Cielo Drive house from the airport.
The rest of the film focuses on the events of August 1st, 1969 to the fateful morning of August 9th. The Haunting of Sharon Tate supposes that Tate had an inkling of something bad happening in the air. She has several nightmares that play out the factual details of the murders as they’re written in many accounts. Tate is trying to convince all of the others in the house that something is wrong, but they think she is just having trouble sleeping because of her pregnancy and being away from her husband.
“…devote a little bit of time on the victims instead of continuing to romanticize a psychopath, no matter how interesting Manson was.”
Let me just say that the last half of the movie is pretty much entirely fictional, but seen through a very interesting lens on some heavy subjects such as fate, life, death, and reincarnation. It suggests that the “Haunting” Tate experiences might be from…herself? The film takes a lot of poetic license with the truth of these events, and certainly piss off history buffs and Manson fanatics. The fact of the matter is that the film never really claims to be a biopic. Some moments are a bit corny, such as subliminal messages coming from a tape played backward. However, I find the spin that writer/director Daniel Farrands puts on one of the most gruesome murders in history, will make all who see The Haunting of Sharon Tate examine the Tate murders, and maybe our own lives differently.