Horror Villains

Lizzie Borden

Lifetime, the Network for Women Who Have Been Scorned and Are Going to do Something About it, Damnit, is at it again. With the channel’s new penchant for producing stunning, over-the-top biopics of trainwreck starlets and their old go-to of churning out stories about women in grave danger/psychosexual affairs, they have finally found the perfect hybrid in their latest creation: Lizzie Borden Took An Ax. As in, “gave her mother forty whacks,” Lizzie Borden, the woman technically acquitted of brutally slaying her father and stepmother with a hatchet in the summer of 1892, but history and Lifetime don’t really care about that detail. This movie will be about Borden the murderer, with Christina Ricci doing the honors of bringing the long-dead killer back to life on the small screen; as that truly, truly beautiful tagline says — “it’s time to bury the hatchet.” Since this is Lifetime, the poster has Borden re-imagined as a sultry murderess in an off-the-shoulder nightgown with just the cutest smattering of blood on the hem, but looking at Ricci’s coy face and the drag of the ax means that there’s going to be some quality campy murder happening here.

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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