Fifty years ago this summer, one of the most notorious crimes was carried out in the deep hills of Benedict Canyon, California. The Manson Family terrorized Hollywood in 1969, killing eight people that August, and leaving a mark on the town â€“ and the world â€“ that we're still horrified by and fascinated with half-a-century later. The anniversary of the Manson murders means that 2019 will dedicate a lot of pop culture inventory to the crimes. Here's a list of every Manson-related project coming out this year.
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
First up Daniel Farrand's horror film, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, in whichÂ Hilary Duff will step into the shoes of the pregnant actressâ€“ and wife of Roman Polanskiâ€“who was murdered that fateful August evening in her home. The film is based on an interview Tate gave to Fate Magazine before her death, about a dream she had where she was haunted by a "creepy little man" and saw a figure "that was either Jay Sebring or me" tied to the staircase with its throat slit open. Sebring â€“ Tate's good friend and a famous Hollywood hairdresser â€“ was murdered in the house with her, and both of their necks were tied with rope by the Manson Family, which makes her premonition extremely haunting. Farrand's film will explore the idea that Tate may have been aware of her own death in some psychological way, but with a horror twist. The first trailer has been released and the film is set for an April 5 release.
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It is my honor to play Sharon Tate in our next film TATE. This movie will only celebrate her life. We will not violate her or exploit her death. For too long this beautiful woman made of light has had to endure tragedy. It is time to take away the microphone from the maniac. It's her time. Thank you Debra Tate for joining us in sharing your sister's life. I know, with you as our producing partner- we will do right. I love you. And to my husband- who stands with me, everyday, striving to bring female forward stories to the screen. I love you. Simply, you are the greatest. xx
Sharon Tate's only surviving family member, sister Debra, has been careful to protect her family's legacy in the years since her sister's murder. That's what makes Tate such an interesting project, as Debra is producing the film along with actress Kate Bosworth, who will play Sharonm, and her husband, Michael Polish, who's directing. Though it won't focus on her death, it will tell a loving story about the life of a woman who's fate â€“ and the fate of her unborn child â€“ was snuffed out by a horrific act. No release date has been announced, but it's set for 2019.
American Psycho director Mary Harron took Charlie Says to the Venice Film Festival last year, where it received mixed reviews. No word on an exact release date yet, but I expect the film, which stars Matt Smith as Charles Manson and focuses on the women under his control, will hit theaters or VOD sometime this year.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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No doubt the biggest Manson-related film coming out this year is Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate and will weave fact and fiction into a story about Hollywood in 1969. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will play Tate's neighbors, an actor and stunt coordinator pair based on Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham. We don't know much about Tarantino's ninth film, but we do know that he's also cast someone as Charles Manson (Damon Herriman), as well as the other victims of the murders: Jay Sebring (Emile Hirsch), Abigail Folger (Samantha Robinson), and Wojciech Frykowski (Costa Ronin). Dakota Fanning, Lena Dunham, Margaret Qualley, and The Haunting of Hill House's Victoria Pedretti will play Manson girls, and the rest of the cast is seriously stacked. It would take too long to name everyone here, but have a look at the IMDb page.
Another hot-ticket Manson moment will come when Netflix's Mindhunter returns later this year. The show announced back in August that it would feature Manson in season 2, and in a weird twist of fate, the actor cast in Tarantino's film â€“ Damon Herriman â€“ will also play Manson in Mindhunter. Talk about typecasting. No formal release date has bee announced, but we can probably expect the show to return in November, the same month the first season premiered.
Images: Netflix, IFC Films