TV Review: Lifetime’s The Lizzie Borden Chronicles isn’t as trashy as it should be

The 2014 Lifetime Original Movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax was just good enough to suggest how it could’ve been a whole lot better. The film retells the story of one of the most infamous murders of the 19th century: the brutal hatcheting of a respected Massachusetts couple, allegedly perpetrated by their middle-aged spinster daughter (played by Christina Ricci). Lizzie Borden Took An Ax‘s big gimmick—or almost-gimmick—is that it comes tantalizingly close to parodying the kind of “ripped from the headline” TV movies that Lifetime usually pumps out. The actors sport 1890s costumes, and speak with the exaggerated formality that reads as “Victorian” in mainstream entertainment, but the soundtrack is filled with modern electric blues and neo-folk songs, and Ricci’s lead performance is wonderfully, ludicrously wicked. Director Nick Gomez and screenwriter Stephen Kay don’t follow through enough, but at its pulpiest moments, Lizzie …

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