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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 Hirsche
Jarrett Sleeper ... Denny Shea
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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In 1912, Eight People Were Brutally Murdered in Their House. This House.

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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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

The song "Paper Doll" is played repeatedly throughout the movie, and first heard in the opening scene which takes place in 1912. The song, however, was not written until 1915 (and not recorded until later). 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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Connections

References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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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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An axe that needed a lot more sharpening
23 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'The Axe Murders of Villisca' drew me into seeing it, with a cool poster, an intriguing idea and as someone with a general appreciation for horror. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there, made me though apprehensive.

Found the film to be pretty weak, its worst elements being pretty awful, with a lot more wrong than right. 'The Axe Murders of Villisca' is not great, or good, has a fair share of problems (fairly big ones too) and doesn't do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There are however a few decent, even good, qualities in 'The Axe Murders of Villisca'.

Lets start with the positives. The scenery is atmospheric, likewise with the very nice way it's shot. The music is suitably spooky and quirky and doesn't distract at all from the atmosphere, while not exactly enhancing it.

Acting is better than average, the first third was promising and a few scares are effective.

However, the story does feel over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less scary it got. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their irritating and illogical decision making and behaviours insult the intelligence. Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it.

Dialogue can be stilted and rambling while the pace is uneven, dragging in a lot of the second half and never is it exciting. Found too many the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the supposedly creepy atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness and the lack of tension and suspense. The last third badly sags in momentum and the atmosphere completely falls flat.

In conclusion, very weak but not unwatchable. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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