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|Director||Craig William Macneill|
From The Booth
At the 2018 Sundance Festival, The Hollywood Reporter’s Leslie Felperin wrote, “After innumerable plays, books, films... you would think popular culture would have exhausted all the options for telling the story of Lizzie Borden, the New England woman who was tried and acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. The elegantly lurid but compelling Lizzie... produced by Chloë Sevigny in her best form in the title role, carves out of the raw material a suitably 2018 version, befitting of the #MeToo generation. In their hands, Lizzie becomes a study of secret female lovers (Kristen Stewart co-stars as the household maid Borden falls for) joining forces to fight back against an abusive patriarch (Jamey Sheridan) and his enabling spouse (Fiona Shaw). So it’s empowering and respectful when delivering the tender love scenes between the women but also ready to go full-on horror-movie trashy, in a good way, with jump scares, close-up shots of faces stabbed and a naked, blood-splattered Sevigny stalking stealthily across sun-dappled vintage floorboards.” Hey, what’s Hallowe’en without an axe murder film?