The Axe Murders of Villisca (2016)
‘Villisca’ is a ghost story based on the house where the notorious and still unsolved 1912 ax murders took place. Three outcast teenagers break into the house in search of answers, but discover something far beyond their worst fears.
Welcome to Villisca, Iowa
The Axe Murders of Villisca is an extremely well made movie. The acting is top notch, it is creepy and atmospheric and the production quality matches any Hollywood fright flick released in the last decade. It took a large amount of time for any traditional spooks and scares to occur but even the build up itself was gut wrenching.
This movie feels like a peace of a larger puzzle, as if we were dropped in to a story that had already began long before the cameras started filming. At 1h 18min it is an extremely quick watch and there was definitely room for it to have run longer and added more content. While there certainly was room for improvement what is delivered is top notch and well worth the watch.
The special effects, especially those with regards to the portrayal of Ina’s ghost and the evil in the house, are terrifyingly beautiful; painting a picture that stays with the viewer long after the movie is over. The horror in this movie is much more subtle and atmospheric, starting with a bang and then slowly building its way up to an ending that is sure to deliver quite the explosion.
Creepy Kid in the Corner
From Rue Morgue:
The very best part of THE AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA is the cinematography by Jeffrey Waldron (who also shot the superior, hopefully soon-to-be-released WE GO ON). His shadowy, contrasty work sets up a great sense of rural isolation; you really feel like you’re in the Iowan outskirts, even though the movie was shot in Southern California. Indeed, the magic-hour atmosphere as our trio approaches the house packs more eeriness than the more aggressive but conventional fright imagery once they get inside.
Ghost in the Mirror
The only problem I have with this movie is it was too short, I think there could have been significantly more added to the plot, but what was delivered was top notch and very fun to watch.