One of the most famous and disturbing murder sprees in history was the shocking home invasion and multiple murders by followers of Charles Manson on that fateful night of August 8, 1969. Adding to both the horror and notoriety were the victims: pregnant actress Sharon Tate and friends who were staying with her as she waited for the return of her director husband, Roman Polanski. Numerous books and movies have been done about both Manson and the murders.

Adding to that list, in comes the trailer for the New Line Cinema film WOLVES AT THE DOOR, the Manson-inspired home invasion film from John R. Leonetti. The interesting thing to note is the term “inspired.” Though it’s said that it isn’t the event itself, the theme and synopsis are eerily similar, and the first names of the characters match those that were victim to the murders. You can judge for yourself by checking out the trailer below:


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 to 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.

Wolves at the Door trailer - screenshot, New Line Cinema
Wolves at the Door trailer – screenshot, New Line Cinema

Even without the history behind the murders, the trailer shows the film to be an intense and harrowing home invasion film. Katie Cassidy (Supernature, Arrow, A Nightmare On Elm Street) plays Sharon, the pregnant host to friends who are staying over. Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) plays best friend, Abigail, with Miles Fisher and Adam Campbell. While fictionalized, some historic imagery can be gleaned from the trailer, including the car down the road from the gates, and the word ‘PIG’ written on the door in blood.

Director John R. Leonetti knows his way around a horror movie, serving as cinematographer on hits such as INSIDIOUS and THE CONJURING. You can see his fingerprint in the trailer, with blurred forms moving in the background and increased tension as they’re being hunted throughout the house.

John R. Leonetti - zimbio.com (via Google Images)
John R. Leonetti – zimbio.com (via Google Images)

Written by Gary Dauberman (ANNABELLE, IT,) WOLVES AT THE DOOR has yet to see an official U.S. release date. You can be sure that we’ll be looking out for any news when it hits.
Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Fred. He can be found on Twitter @smegghed, and on his genre film blog and podcast at filmguild.net


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