Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.
If you think about it, this is probably the most disturbing children skipping-rope rhyme that has ever been invented. This little folk couplet memorialises the case of a real killer: an American woman, who murdered her parents with an axe in the 1800s. The infamously gruesome story caused a huge scandal in its time. Now it is going to be immortalized in a new television movie: the horror film Lizzie Borden took an ax is swinging onto the small screen January 25, 2014 and we have a first look.
As Joblo reports, Lifetime has released the first trailer of its original horror movie, featuring the infamous nursery rhyme in a creepy song. It stars Adam's Family actress as Lizzie Borden, the young American woman who was tried and acquitted for the brutal murder of her parents in Massachusetts in 1892. Check it out here:
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax is directed by and also stars and . It premieres on Lifetime January 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST.
The official synopsis reads:
It’s not just a disturbing nursery rhyme! Now the true story of how Lizzie Borden murdered her parents (or did she?) in the summer of 1892 is being brought to Lifetime, with Christina Ricci as the eponymous Lizzie. The true-crime case captured national attention when it first happened, proving that Americans obsession with scandalous and sordid tales is nothing new.
What do you think of the trailer? How do you think the doll-like Christina Ricci will perform as Lizzie Borden?