Lizzie Borden Took An Ax
Christina Ricci channels her inner murderous demons in the laughably bad recent Lifetime film "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax." If it wasn't for Ricci's gleefully over-the-top performance, this film, loosely based on the real life murder case of the Borden family, would be unbearable to watch.
It's incredible that people are still fascinated by the 1892 Fall River, Massachusetts tale of the ax murders of Andrew Borden and his second wife Abby Borden on a sizzling summer day. When all signs point to seemingly innocent daughter Lizzie (Ricci), this biopic flip-flops between an insipid courtroom drama and a tepid slasher film.
Ricci looks bug-eyed one minute and Wednesday Adams-ish the next... this is the role of a lifetime for her. Billy Campbell ("Dynasty, "Helix") co-stars as Ricci's lawyer and reliable dramatic actress Clea Duvall plays Lizzie's older sister.
You can tell right off the bat that "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" is inauthentic, basically dressing up its actors in 1800s clothes and putting them in quick-cut modern filmmaking scenes. The screeching rock and roll soundtrack, wildly out of place, underscores the fact that an updating of this story was wholly unnecessary. Look for a much better version from 1975 starring Elizabeth Montgomery.
But the real crime of "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" has to be the DVD's lack of any special features. Lizzie may have been found innocent, but but this DVD is guilty. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the Lizzie Borden tour in Fall River instead.
"Lizzie Borden Took an Ax"