Director John R. Leonetti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman, the team behind 2014’s ‘Annabelle’, are back with a Manson Family inspired tale, ‘Wolves At The Door’.
This home invasion film is a retelling of the night when member’s of Charlie Manson’s cult members broke into the home of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time. Mason Family members brutally slaughtered Tate, along with three of her friends. The victims in ‘Wolves at the Door’ share the first names of the real victims, but reportedly they are not supposed to actually be them.
Four friends gather at an elegant home during the Summer of Love, 1969. Unbeknownst to them, deadly visitors are waiting outside. What begins as a simple farewell party turns into a night of primal terror as the intruders stalk and torment the four, who struggle for their lives against what appears to be a senseless attack.
Kate Cassidy, Elizabeth Henstridge, Miles Fisher, Adam Campbell, and Jane Kaczmarek star in what is the tragic story of the death of Sharon Tate and her friends, but isn’t. In other woeds there will a few small differences.
The real Sharon Tate had a budding acting career. She starred on ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’, ‘Eye of the Devil’ and several other roles. On the set of ‘Eye of the Devil’ she met director Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby), who she married. On August 9, 1969, at the age of 26, Tate, along with four of her friends, was murdered by several members of the Manson Family. She was eight months pregnant at the time. Wojciech Frykowski, Abiail Folger, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent were killed along side Tate in her home in L.A. In all, the four were stabbed 102 times. “Death To Pigs” was written on the wall of the home in the victims’ blood.
Manson and four of his followers, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Linda Kasabin and Charles “Tex” Watson, were convicted of the killings and given life in prison. The reason the home was targeted for invasion, Manson was turned down for a record deal by the man who lived there prior to Tate and Polanski. Manson did not know that the record executive had moved out and Tate and her husband had moved in. They group killed the wrong people. Manson did not actually take part in the murders, but was convicted of orchestrating the crime.
sources: biography.com, law2.umkc.edu