Lifetime’s chilling tale of real-life murder suspect Lizzie Borden more than lived up to our expectations.
In case you’re having trouble keeping score, Lifetime is owning 2014. Just one week after blessing us with the guilty pleasure masterpiece Flowers In The Attic, the network premiered its instant camp classic Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, and it was everything we hoped it would be.
‘Lizzie Borden Takes An Ax’ Review: Christina Ricci Carries Lifetime’s Latest Guilty Pleasure
Christina Ricci masterfully tackles the role of real-life murder suspect Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of killing both of her parents in 1892 — although “killing” is far too mild a description of what Lizzie was thought to have done. You may recall the following jump-rope rhyme, totally appropriate for little children:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
Cute, right? Anyway, I can’t say for sure whether or not Lizzie actually chopped up her ‘rents — I’m not a lawyer, hard as that may be to believe — but I can say that I loved watching the drama unfold, both in the courtroom and in the streets. Lizzie was basically the O.J. Simpson of her day, and even without the 24/7 cable news cycle, the public couldn’t get enough of Lizzie’s saga.
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— Andy Swift