Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014 on TV)

Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. This review is my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based off of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!
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Reviewed: 3/2015

Genre: True Crime, Drama, Mystery.

DISCLAIMER: Since this movie is based on a true crime story all SPOILERS are waived!  If you are not familiar with the story of Lizzie Borden this is your only warning. BTW this also means that no synopsis is needed. 😉 Go Google if you are interested! You won’t be disappointed and may fall down the rabbit hole of true unsolved crimes!

Once upon a time in my life I wanted to be a criminal psychologist.  What did that mean? I studied tons of crime!  Especially the unsolved crimes like Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden.  I even earned an associates in Criminal Justice and took criminology classes while working on my Bachelors.  Imagine my delight when Lizzie Borden Took an Ax popped up on my Netflix suggested list one night!  Especially since it has been a while since a movie on this particular crime has been done! This was not the only exciting aspect of this feature, it also has some of my favorite actresses!  Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall. Not to mention the other talented people in this movie; Gregg Henry and Stephen McHattie.  This combo meant I MUST watch! 

I wasn’t disappointed by this movie at all!  It is very well written and acted, though I may be biased. I was hoping for more of a horror type of movie but as a TV drama it was great.  The gore, though minimal, was very well done!  You don’t see the full scale of the gore until later in the movie, but the teasers are done well! Nothing was left to the imagination over the duration of the film.  If you are only interested in the gore aspect this movie is not for you. As a drama this movie moves through the discovery of the bodies, investigation, and trial.  I found the character development to be very interesting throughout the duration of the movie. 

My only complaint was the ending.  The movie was just over. It felt to sudden to me.  I don’t have any suggestions to the ending, but there could have been more at this point besides word creating the conclusion of each character. This is the only reason I did not rate this movie at the full 5 possible stars.

As a costumer, vintage fashion lover, and Steampunk fan, I LOVE the clothing in this movie!   The detail, the variety, the character that is expressed with each costume! And as an FYI, these costumes were so amazing that this movie was actually nominated for an Online Film & Television Association award!  This means I am not the only one who loved the effort that went into the costumes.

Would this be a good drinking movie? Nope, not at all.

Rated: Per IMDB.com, rated TV-14.

Duration: 91 min

IMDB: As of 3/12/15 rated 5.7 stars of 10.

Netflix: 4.5 of 5 stars. Available as of 3/12/15.

Amazon: Only available for purchase. As of 3/12/15 rated 3.5 of 5 stars.

Mala’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.

Trailer

Additional facts about Lizzie Borden.  Please note the linked article has nothing to do with this blog other than I like it.

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Killer Mermaids (2014) Original title: Nymph (“Mamula”)

Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. This review is my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based off of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!

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Reviewed: 2/2015

Genre: Drama. Fantasy. Horror. B-Rate.

Synopsis: The movie begins with a couple exploring an island somewhere in Europe. At first I was concerned this would be subtitled, something I was not in the mood for, but I was pleasantly surprised that it is in fact in English. Thankfully the couple in the beginning was not the main characters, I am not sure what it is that bothered me about them but they BUGGED me! SPOILER: One of them is a factor later in the plot. And this is the only reason they are in this movie at all. At least they ended up having a purpose. And you see her boobs, if you are into that sort of thing. SPOILER OVER.

The main characters end up being a group of college friends reconnecting on a vacation. This of course means exploring the surrounding islands. Even if one of these islands contains an abandoned WWII Nazi prison. And what B-rate movie can’t help but have Nazis as a factor to add to the “terror” and “mystery” of the plot. Personally I am over the use of Nazis in B-Rate moves. They have their time and place but did not feel necessary to move the plot along for this movie. Long story short death, terror, gore, and chaos consume our main characters at this point as they try to escape the island of mermaid doom!

In the end, this movie total sets itself up for a sequel. SPOILER. Though I wish it had done in a more subtle way as the classic and well written horror movies do. This particular movie forced the potential sequel so much that it made the movie feel incomplete. I really hope that if they do make a sequel they allow for some closure of the surviving characters at the end of this movie. SPOILER OVER.

Over all I was pleased with this movie, but I was not expecting the dialogue and acting to be so well done, the term “so well done” being relative to this being a B-rate movie. It was refreshing to see a horror movie focusing on a new type of monster and one that is underrated due to the amount of romanticism surrounding these mythical creatures.

Do I think that this movie is appropriately titled? No! The mermaid was a siren. Something that seems to have confused people from some of the reviews I read after watching the movie. In case you are not familiar with this literature term, as many of these people appear to not be, sirens originated in Greek mythology as sea nymphs who lured sailors to their deaths by singing an enticing song. This also explains the original title. The writer of this movie took the unique twist of making the siren a mermaid. A more enjoyable variation than the ones I recall in the Duck Tales movie I watched as a kid. For more information on sirens you can visit this site: http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Seirenes.html  Please note, this website has no affiliation with this blog.

Graphics: Were okay. Not amazing but not terrible.

Creature design: Minimal. Though a sleek design I feel there could have been more development into the mermaid.

Did you have to cover your eyes? Not that I recall. This means minimal gore and mainly blood on body parts. Thought there was great use of a fishing hook. I mean, why not! So much irony with the siren/mermaid/fish making a man use a hook to kill people for her!

Would this be a good drinking movie? Nope, not at all.

How many times did I regret turning this on? 1, the character development did take some time to build up, and ultimately didn’t have that much to do with the last half of the movie. However, this was more enjoyable than another 20 minutes of the characters running through dark tunnels or swimming in the ocean. And ultimately a good decision for store-telling purposes.

Other information about this movie:

Rated: This movie is not rated but I consider it to be PG13 for mild violence and brief nudity.

First kill: 6 min. 12 sec.

IMDB: This movie is called Nymph on IMDB:  Currently rated 4.3 out of 10.

Netflix: Available at the time of this review, as of 2/20/15. 1 out of 5 stars.

Amazon Prime: Can be purchased or rented. Rated 3.5 stars out of 5.

Mala’s Rating:  4 of 5 stars.

Official Trailer

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