Lifetime clearly hasn’t lost its flair for dramatics.
Based on the chilling nursery rhyme, “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” stars Christina Ricci as the titular character on trial for murdering her parents. In this first look, Ricci is a wholesome gal … with a bloody ax.
The real Lizzie Borden has had a steadfast place in American folklore since the 1800s, paving the way for future female serial killers, murderers and infamous media darlings. (Translation: It’s a ready-made Lifetime movie.) “Lizzie Borden” also stars Billy Campbell and Clea DuVall.
Lifetime’s official description: “On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden (Ricci) returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma (DuVall). But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden’s youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect. Lizzie’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings (Campbell), proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax. Or is it? Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability. As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden’s name in infamy.”
“Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” premieres on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.