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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 (2015)
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as Lizzie Borden
as Charlie Siringo
as William Almy
as Bat Masterson
as Tom Horn
as Nance O'Keefe
as Adele Trotwood
If we're misreading the show's intentions and we should be treating it as a drama, we should point out that it isn't mysterious and spooky either.
A quiet aftermath for Lizzie Borden wouldn't make for much of a TV series, though. An actively violent one doesn't really cut it either -- but Lifetime will take its chances.
The series is no less absurd, but it's far more fun than the movie: We all know about the ax murders. It's more fascinating to watch Lizzie continue to weave her web of evil after her trial.
Lizzie's Chronicles is guilty of straining for the cheapest of shock value, with luridly stylized camera and editing tricks, including slo-mo and frequent shock cuts of flashing gore that aren't as much chilling as flagrantly vulgar.
Lizzie Borden Chronicles is basically a cheesey soap with tinges of dark comedy. It's junk but kind of fun junk, if pulpy, bloody melodrama set to anachronistic rock soundtrack is your idea of fun.
Audience Reviews for The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1
Lifetime retools their Lizzie Borden film into a Dexter-like television series in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. Season 1 follows the Borden sisters in the wake of Lizzie's acquittal for the murder of their parents as they move to a new house and deal with a private investigator who's intent on bringing Lizzie to justice. Featuring Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Cole Hauser, and Jessy Schram, the series has a strong cast that delivers some good performances. However, the writing goes downhill extremely fast. At first it's kind of clever and exciting with Lizzie tying up loose ends and taking out her enemies, but then it starts to get ridiculous with her killing off 2-3 people an episode without anyone catching or suspecting her. And this makes it difficult to develop recurring characters and continuing storylines. Still, the costumes and sets are especially well-done, giving an authentic feel for the time-period. Also the soundtrack brings a lot of energy to the series and heightens the action and suspense. Yet while the show has a lot of things going for it, the bad writing doomed The Lizzie Borden Chronicles to a short lived 8-episode season.
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