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1.5 stars for the opening scene...
Shame about the rest.
The vicious murder of actress Sharon Tate, her unborn son, and her friends at the hands of sociopath Charles Manson's "family" is one of the most notorious and disturbing crimes to occur in Hollywood. Because of this, it is ingrained in popular culture as much as it is in American criminal history. And herein lies the problem with John R. Leonetti's home invasion chiller.
There is no denying that "Wolves at the Door" is a well-produced film; Michael St. Hilaire's cinematography and Ken Blackwell's taut editing are the picture's strongest points. Also, Leonetti cleverly keeps the villains in shadows, heightening their menace; having spend most of his career as a cinematographer, he is quite competent as a horror director (his previous effort was 2014's "Annabelle"). But some of Leonetti's choices are cringeworthy -- Do we need yet another obvious "lambs to the slaughter" symbol in a horror movie?
The performances, at least, are pretty good, with Elizabeth Henstridge, Adam Campbell, and Miles Fisher particularly solid. Katie Cassidy is less consistent as Ms. Tate, though she does the best with what she has to work with. Where the film suffers most, though, is Gary Dauberman's script, which is more concerned with seat-jumpers than fleshed-out characters.
Because of this, the film feels nothing short of exploitative. Whether you know the story and its real-life principal players well or not, minimal time is given for the young inevitable victims to develop. And while a strong focus on characters are not often the priority for slasher filmmakers, there is an inherent and unavoidable duty of care when presenting a true story. However, the team not only disregards this but are so content to blatantly remove themselves from presenting an accurate recreation of events, that "Wolves at the Door" not only feels disrespectful but down-right disgusting.
The folks at New Line Cinema, whose success is very much owed to the horror genre, should have known better.
I didn't watch it all the way through. I couldn't. I'm aware of what the Manson Family did to those people that night and I had no desire to watch a torture porn flick version of their very real suffering- especially Sharon Tate's.
Recommended this by Netflix, initially I thought to myself "Oh, bet this only got made 'cause that Tarantino flick's coming out soon", but then I realised Wolves at the Door is bloody three years old, so now I can't figure out why it got made at all. Nice to see Katie Cassidy and Elizabeth Henstridge in something outside of their respective superhero TV shows, but I wish it had've been in something... good.
Well-constructed suspense, solid camera work, & an overall creepy vibe ends up feeling hollow & exploitative considering the subject matter on which it’s based; would’ve been more effective as a total work of fiction instead.
Ridiculous. The only quality of this movie is its lenght. 72 minutes.
A basic slasher film promoted by using the Manson family name. It is distasteful as this is based on actual murders and a retelling should not have been made this way. Take a pass on this one.
So disappointing. If you're going to make a movie about something like this at least have the facts straight.
From the director of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Wish Upon and Annabelle, here is another movie about The Manson Family Murders which stars Katie Cassidy as Sharon Tate, is in color and and you can follow most of the action because it's all in focus and decent composition..is the best thing I can say for this turd. 1/2*
The only thing good to be said about this movie is that it's short. Very loosely based on the Tate murder. Best part of the movie is the ending news reel. Other than that it was like a very bad horror movie.