Some television movies on Lifetime are mediocre at best.
Their latest project will hopefully be somewhat extraordinary. Lizzie Borden Took An Ax is the story about Lizzie Borden who was accused of killing her father and her stepmother.
What makes this case so special, is that even after nearly 122 years, no one knows for sure who committed the murders. People can speculate endlessly, but they may never find the answer to the question on everyone’s mind. Did Lizzie kill Andrew and Abby?
Hopefully this movie will give us some more insight on the case.
Christina Ricci is portraying the infamous accused. Being extremely familiar with her past roles, I’m confident she’ll do very well. In the past she was Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family, Cheri Post in Bless the Child, Kathleen Harvey in Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Katrina Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow just to give a few examples.
The story of Lizzie is one I’ve done hours of research on in attempt to familiarize myself with the case in any way I can. Being from where the murders were committed, I enjoy learning about my hometown’s history.
All I really know is that I’ve never believed Lizzie committed the crime.
Her sister, Emma (played by Clea DuVall), was also questioned but had an alibi. Other rumors suggest her father, Andrew Borden, had an illegitimate son who could have murdered him.
Due to the state Mr. Borden’s skull was in (not to sound too gory), I don’t believe either of his daughters had the strength to do it. That being said, with an adrenaline rush, anything is possible.
This gallery of photos above is especially delightful for me. It’s cool to see the 1892 depiction of places I’ve been hundreds of times in my city. The cemetery scenes (as pictures below) are portraying Oak Grove Cemetery where Lizzie and her family are buried.
One thing I was a little confused by was the fact that Lizzie constantly has her hair down in this movie. In all photos I’ve looked at, her hair is always up. It was normal for women to keep their hair up and out of their faces back then.
The family house still stands as well and is a tourist attraction. Another tourist attraction is the Historical Society which houses pictures of the Borden family and so much fascinating information.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to view the trailer, you can now! It’s featured below! My favorite snippet is when Miss Borden is asked, “aren’t you a Sunday School teacher?” Her response makes me smile. I like to think the real Lizzie had that level of sass too.
Despite how apprehensive I am when it comes to movies produced by Lifetime, I will be tuning in and I think you should too!
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax premieres tonight at 8pm! Don’t miss it!