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Fact-based horror film The Axe Murders of Villisca set for a January release from IFC Films

Fact-based horror film The Axe Murders of Villisca set for a January release from IFC Films

Director Tony E. Valenzuela’s The Axe Murders of Villisca is set to hit theaters and VOD January 20th from venerable fright film imprint IFC Midnight. And for those not in the know, the gruesome, disturbing film is based on the very real, still unsolved case of the spate of murders that plagued the town of Villisca, Iowa on June 9 and 10 of 1912. The victims were the six members of the Moore family and their friends (yes, many of the victims were children), found hacked and bludgeoned by an axed. Though an investigation went on and on, no one was sentenced for the crime.

And now we have this horror film that takes the story of the the tragic and brutal murders and exploits theme for the purposes of entertainment. But that’s okay, because for better or for worse that’s exactly what the horror genre has done and will always do.

Villisca

Official Synopsis: On a June night in 1912, eight people—a mother, father, their four children, and two  guests—were murdered by an axe-wielding killer in the sleepy town of  Villisca, Iowa, a case that remains  unsolved to this day. 104 years later, Caleb (Robert Adamson) and Denny  (Jarrett Sleeper), two friends who share an interest in ghost hunting,  along with Jess (Alex Frnka), the new girl in school who’s already got a  reputation, sneak into the house where the  infamous bloodbath occurred in hopes of recording paranormal activity.  What the trio encounters is far more horrifying than anything they could  have imagined. A century after the shocking crime that put Villisca on  the map, a supernatural force is waiting  to write the next chapter in the home’s bloody history.

Does this sound appealing to you? One wishes the filmmaker had made it a period piece and told the tale of the crimes authentically or in an impressionistic manner. Sort of like the upcoming Chloe Sevigny Lizzie Borden movie is doing. But them kids today likely would have none of that. So here we are. Watch the trailer and tell us your thoughts…

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