The infamous Borden murders case, in which a woman, Lizzie Andrew Borden, was suspected of the axe murders of her father and stepmother in Massachusetts in 1892, is the focus of this upcoming crime-drama starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart.
Lizzie takes the angle that the titular woman’s (Sevigny) attraction and relationship with housemaid Bridget (Stewart) played a hand in the eventual murders, which were also the result of her father’s (Jamey Sheridan) horrific tendencies. The performances look great, particularly Sevigny in the lead role, and director Craig William Macneill (The Boy) appears to have a good handle on infusing erotically-charged stylish period drama with doses of gothic horror. Could be a strong pic.
Lizzie, also starring Jay Huguley, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare, and Jeff Perry, will be hitting US cinemas on 14 September.
Official synopsis for Lizzie:
“Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, “Big Love”) stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act. Director Craig William Macneill (The Boy (2015), “Channel Zero: Candle Cove”) explores the days leading up to the savage crimes in a dark tale of repression, exploitation and thwarted dreams.”