‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’: Inside the Crazy Hilary Duff Movie That Desecrates the Dead

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The Haunting of Sharon Tate is a movie about fate. Tate, played by Hilary Duff, is kept awake at night by visions of her impending death. Just like the Haunting audience, Tate knows that her murder is inevitable. It happened years ago—a semi-random, terrible slaughter orchestrated by Charles Manson and his cult family. What Manson conceived of at the time as deliberate chaos is now just history—a horrible thing that happened because an evil person willed it into being. Sharon Tate’s death did not usher in the apocalypse, and Charles Manson died in prison. It’s a tragic, pointless story, and it’s the one that Sharon Tate will always be remembered for. The Haunting of Sharon Tate imagines a world in which the actress’s death, and therefore her legacy, was narrowly avoided, imbuing the star with the foresight and agency to predict and prevent her own murder.

Director Daniel Farrands’ conceit reportedly traces back to a tabloid’s claim that Tate had a premonition that she would die a full year before the Manson family invasion. The image of an ill-fated starlet plagued by visions of a disturbing future is a vivid one, but one that a basic sense of courtesy and propriety would prohibit most people from converting into a feature-length film. It’s a thought experiment best suited for private contemplation: a young Sharon Tate pregnant with premonition, bewildered and terrified, as a vision of Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff playing her in a poorly written 2019 snuff film flashes before her eyes.

Throughout the film, Tate repeatedly wonders if fate can be tampered with, or if we’re all “slaves to our own destiny.” The Haunting of Sharon Tate marks a fate so strange, unpredictable, and cruel that no one ever could have seen it coming—but someone probably could have, and should have, stopped it.

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‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’: Inside the Crazy Hilary Duff Movie That Desecrates the Dead

Saban Films

The Haunting of Sharon Tate is a movie about fate. Tate, played by Hilary Duff, is kept awake at night by visions of her impending death. Just like the Haunting audience, Tate knows that her murder is inevitable. It happened years ago—a semi-random, terrible slaughter orchestrated by Charles Manson and his cult family. What Manson conceived of at the time as deliberate chaos is now just history—a horrible thing that happened because an evil person willed it into being. Sharon Tate’s death did not usher in the apocalypse, and Charles Manson died in prison. It’s a tragic, pointless story, and it’s the one that Sharon Tate will always be remembered for. The Haunting of Sharon Tate imagines a world in which the actress’s death, and therefore her legacy, was narrowly avoided, imbuing the star with the foresight and agency to predict and prevent her own murder.

Director Daniel Farrands’ conceit reportedly traces back to a tabloid’s claim that Tate had a premonition that she would die a full year before the Manson family invasion. The image of an ill-fated starlet plagued by visions of a disturbing future is a vivid one, but one that a basic sense of courtesy and propriety would prohibit most people from converting into a feature-length film. It’s a thought experiment best suited for private contemplation: a young Sharon Tate pregnant with premonition, bewildered and terrified, as a vision of Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff playing her in a poorly written 2019 snuff film flashes before her eyes.

Throughout the film, Tate repeatedly wonders if fate can be tampered with, or if we’re all “slaves to our own destiny.” The Haunting of Sharon Tate marks a fate so strange, unpredictable, and cruel that no one ever could have seen it coming—but someone probably could have, and should have, stopped it.

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EastEnders Spoilers: Sharon Mitchell and Keanu Taylor threatened by mystery blackmailer who has evidence of their affair

SHARON Mitchell and Keanu Taylor are left horrified in EastEnders next week when it becomes clear that somebody knows the truth about their affair.

As the week kicks off a proud Keanu, played by Danny Walters, shows Sharon the business cards he’s had made for his new business venture.

Sharon Mitchell and Keanu Taylor are left horrified in EastEnders next week when it becomes clear that somebody knows the truth about their affair
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But when they’re nearly caught kissing, they decide to keep things quiet.

Later Sharon, Walford legend Letitia Dean, is stunned when she gets a text message from an unknown number telling her that they know her secret.

Keanu tries to reassure Sharon but it becomes obvious that the mystery texter isn’t bluffing when they send over some pretty damning evidence. Hmm…wonder that that could be.

The couple try to work out who’s behind the messages but they’re rattled when they both get more texts and the anonymous person gives them a dangerous ultimatum.

Later Sharon is stunned when she gets a text message from an unknown number telling her that they know her secret
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Sharon feels forced to end things with Keanu leaving her devastated and him gutted.

When Louise Mitchell finds Sharon upset she decides to do something to cheer her up and begins to hatch a plan.

All glammed up Louise takes Sharon out but she’s stunned when she sees Keanu there.


He discreetly tells her that she knows where to find him if she needs him, leaving Sharon torn.

Sensing she’s missing Phil, Louise tells Sharon to go home and call him. But will she use the opportunity to meet the man she’s really pining for?

And what will happen if their blackmailer finds out?


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