Published on September 14, 2019
October 21, 2016
Wolves At The Door
“Wolves at the Door” is a distasteful re-imagining of the Sharon Tate murder. The film follows pregnant Sharon (Cassidy), coffee heiress Abigail (Henstridge), her boyfriend Wojciech (Campbell) and their friend Jay (Fisher) as they are stalked in their home by members of the Manson Family in this cheap, made-for-TV-feel home invasion horror.
"Released during the movie dump month, “Wolves at the Door” is a tasteless horror, stripped of all its suspense, with an unnecessary grisly outcome we already know the ending to."
“Wolves at the Door” is another retelling of the Sharon Tate murder, this time around directed by John R. Leonetti (“Annabelle”). The film opens on a strong note as an older Hollywood couple are awakened by knocks on their doors and windows. The husband goes to investigate, only to realise the intruder is already in the house and their lives are in danger. Cut to our film’s four main characters – Sharon (Katie Cassidy), Abigail (Elizabeth Henstridge), Wojciech (Adam Campbell) and Jay (Miles Fisher).
The group, who are relatively likeable, gather at Sharon Tate’s elegant home in the Hollywood hills
as a ‘bon voyage’ to Abigail’s going away, but unbeknownst to the friends, the Manson Family are waiting outside. As the farewell party draws to a close the night escalates into one of primal evil. The Mansons stalk and torment the four friends, hunting them down one by one.
Once each of the four victims has been picked off, we are treated off-screen to insert interviews of the Manson groupies involved in the story, a bitter and unnecessary final that could have been left on the cutting room floor. “Wolves at the Door” deliberately sets out to position itself as a faithful re-enactment of the truly tragic murders of Sharon Tate and her nearest and dearest. Released during the movie dump month, “Wolves at the Door” is a tasteless horror, stripped of all its suspense, with an unnecessary grisly outcome we already know the ending to.
Better than “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” but not on a par with “Once upon a time in....Hollywood”. “Wolves at the Door” is another pointless rehash of a crime that still haunts Hollywood and maybe should be left in the chronology of history instead of being used as entertainment.