29 February 2024
The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)
93 min.
Directed by Paul Wendkos.
With Elizabeth Montgomery, Katherine Helmond, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders, Don Porter, Fritz Weaver, Bonnie Bartlett, John Beal, Helen Craig, Alan Hewitt, Gail Kobe.
A superior TV horror based on the true crime events of Lizzie Borden that took place in August 1892.

Elizabeth Montgomery is the notorious Borden, accused of taking an axe to her stepmother and father and butchering them both.

But the evidence is muddled. If Lizzie committed the gruesome crimes, why wasn't any blood found on her clothes or person? How could she have carried out the execution-style killings without any physical evidence left behind?

Just as importantly, what exactly was Lizzie's motivation?

This historical docuhorror has everthing going for it, from Montgomery's tour de force performance, to good supporting work from Katherine Helmond and Fionnula Flanagan, to the creepy theme, to its shivering verdict climax.

The nice shock cut editing does a good job of illustrating Lizzie's inner thoughts, while the flashbacks and pace contribute superbly.

A must see.

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