Since its release, the film has flopped drastically and reviews have been harsh. When asked about the film, Debra Tate detailed her disapproval and revealed her email correspondence with director Farrands in a new interview with TMZ.
Debra Tate described the film as “extremely exploitative and socially irresponsible,” before adding that it takes “Sharon’s life and spins it for a new generation on the 50th anniversary of her violent death.”
However, the director did reach out to Debra Tate upon completing his film in an attempt to explain his vision. In the email, Farrands says: “The story of Sharon’s death has haunted me for most of my life. I remember the hardcover jacket of ‘Helter Skelter’ sitting on a shelf in our home back east, and how I would literally run away from it as fast as my little legs would take me.”
He added: “About ten years ago, I remember seeing a documentary about the murders and how incredibly disturbed and frightened I was by it, which brought back some of the memories of the things that had occurred within my own family during my childhood.”
“It is, in a sense, my own way of retelling the story in a way that it empowers your sister,” he continues before adding, “by giving her and her friends a fighting chance … something that we all wish could have happened in real life. I wanted to give them a chance to do it again, through the art of storytelling, but with a different outcome.”