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The Axe Murders of Villisca (2016)

Not Rated | | Horror | 5 May 2017 (Mexico)
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'The Axe Murders of Villisca' is a ghost story based on the house where the notorious and still unsolved 1912 axe murders took place. Three outcast teenagers break into the house in search of answers, but discover something far beyond their worst fears.

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Tony E. Valenzuela

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Adamson ... Caleb
Jarrett Sleeper Jarrett Sleeper ... Denny
Alex Frnka ... Jess
Sean Whalen ... Reverend Kelly
Conchata Ferrell ... Mrs. Flanks
Riley Bodenstab ... Connor
Kellan Rhude ... Rob
Madison Lawlor ... Lena
Ava Kolker ... Ingrid
Jon Gries ... Greg
Brett Rickaby ... Caleb's Father
Urs Inauen ... Matt
Savannah Stehlin ... Elsie Holloway
Sophia Linkletter ... Priscilla Connolly
Joey Graceffa ... Most Haunted Host
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'The Axe Murders of Villisca' is a ghost story based on the house where the notorious and still unsolved 1912 axe murders took place. Three outcast teenagers break into the house in search of answers, but discover something far beyond their worst fears.

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Taglines:

In 1912, Eight People Were Brutally Murdered in Their House. This House.

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2017 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Villisca See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,467, 2 October 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ketchum Labs See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Opened at #4 at the Bolivia box office the week of Jan 11-14, 2018 with a gross of $26,034 opening behind Ferdinand (2017) See more »

Goofs

Jess initially pulls up to Calebs house in a black Ford Escape. They drive to Villisca in a black Ford Escape, but once arriving at the murder house, the vehicle changes to a black Ford Edge. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Flanks: Life is about the choices we make and we have to do our best to make the good ones, otherwise we get stuck living in the bad ones.
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Shades Of Light
Written by Jason Scardamalia and Helena Charbila (as Elena Charbila)
Performed by Jason Scardamalia and Kid Moxie
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Just awful.
20 June 2017 | by jcain1635See all my reviews

This movie wasn't worth the hour and small change I have given it already, so I'll make this brief.

The editing is passable. Barely. The saturation is trash. Orange and blues. You know the drill. I imagine if there were any scenes in Mexico they would add a grain and throw some chickens on the floor. Not very creative.

The acting is sub-par. Sean Whalen shines, as expected, giving the movie the campy cheese it so desperately needed. Unfortunately, he is only on screen for roughly three minutes total.

The sound is bad. The subtle ques that make a horror movie are cranked up to eleven to the point of being obnoxious. Too-loud heart beats, footsteps, all the sounds sound like they come from a cartoon. There are some clear ADR moments too where the mouths don't quite match up.

The cinematography is barbaric. I've seen better camera work and blocking in student films.

The plot is incoherent, to the point of being funny. Personal character revelations and progressions feel so forced and bizarre that my amusement at how unlike real people the characters act is all that got me through the movie.

Also, when a character goes evil, their eyes go grey in the cheesiest effect I have seen for a movie of this budget in a long time.

Just skip it.


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