Boy oh boy, Debra Tate, Sharon Tate’s sister, hit the nail on the head when she expressed concern over the upcoming dramatizations of Sharon’s murder, calling them “classless and exploitative”. And she was doubly right about the Hilary Duff led project titled The Haunting Of Sharon Tate being “Tacky, tacky, tacky.” Judging by the just-released trailer, I think it’s safe to say that while Hilary may be good at something (passive aggressive neighbor disputes? Cannibalism?), handling the very serious, gruesome murder of a young woman and her unborn child with a modicum of reverence is not one of them. Hilary claimed on Instagram to have spent two whole weeks filming this thing and it shows. It looks like a legitimately scary Muppet movie made on a budget.
UsWeekly has the first auto-playing trailer (sorry) and it’s below (click here if you can’t see it). You watch that while I scour the internet for a plausible excuse for Hilary’s Land Of Make Believe accent.
Crazy, right? Oh, I I figured out the accent. Hilary was accidentally watching tape of Lindsay Lohan instead of Sharon when rehearsing. Oops! It’s the only plausible excuse. And whoever was in charge of the production must have been looking at tapes of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant departures instead of looking at actual crime scene photos. That Helter Skelter on the wall looks like it should have the postscript “Don’t stop believing in you!!! Love you, xo xo – Miss Vanjie“.
I guess it wasn’t it bad enough that Sharon was killed in one of the most sensationalized murders of the 20th century. Whoever made this turd thought “you know what this story needs? Ghosts!” The “haunted” elements are based on an interview Sharon gave the year before she was killed where she claimed to have had a bad dream/spooky premonition two years earlier. It really had nothing to do with Manson or The Family, and Debra called it a “total fabrication”.
I think Margot Robbie can breathe a sigh of relief knowing she probably won’t have to go head-to-head against Hilary for an Oscar next year for their competing Sharons. Quentin Tarantino is known to play fast and loose with historical facts, but I’m pretty sure he at least read Helter Skelter before starting production on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
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