This story has been told many times before, but never quite like this. The main protagonist is Sharon Tate, played by Hilary Duff, who was married to filmmaker Roman Polanski. In 1969, Tate, while pregnant, was murdered by members of the Manson Family. Writer and director Daniel Farrands somehow managed to turn this tragedy into a supernatural horror flick.
Roman Polanski isn’t cast, for factual reasons, and because the script doesn’t need him, but his absence is a hindrance. Talking about a character we never see can be problematic, narratively speaking. In addition to the supernatural element, Farrands takes liberties in regard to the actual events, in a way to make the story more cohesive, organic, and staggering.
The film doesn’t look like a period piece. Nothing about the sets, clothes, and hairdos feels like the 1960s. The budget is relatively small, and the set pieces are minimalist. The Haunting of Sharon Tate can be blamed for its bad taste, or its lack of tact. Banking on events both sensational and horrifying while making Tate some kind of a psychic is a bold move.