[WATCH] 'Lizzie' trailer: Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart boost up potential for indie horror flick on Borden murders
Sevigny plays the titular role of Lizzie Borden, a notorious woman at the heart of the 1892 axe murder mystery of her father and stepmother.
A psychological thriller is never a bad thing for fans of all things grotesque, gory, and gruesome. But things get even better if you add intense actors like Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart to the mix - and out comes something has seemingly spectacular as the trailer of 'Lizzie.'
The Academy Award nominee, Sevigny - plays the titular role of Lizzie Borden - a notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. The plot mainly revolves around her, and her secret intimacy with a housemaid. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act.
The trailer takes viewers through the dark and twisted workings of Lizzie's father's mind, and it's not kept a secret that the man was a vicious, heinous personality, forcing his daughter to act a certain way through intimidation. The opening scene itself indicates that something tragic has happened to him, and the trailer ends with the same words that it begins with: a voiceover asking Lizzie if her father had any enemies.
Director Craig William Macneill, best known for his 2015 psychological thriller-slash-horror, 'The Boy,' explores the days leading up to the savage crimes in a dark tale of repression, exploitation and thwarted dreams in this expected indie masterpiece. And almost as if ensuring he wasn't leaving any stone unturned, he chose to work with two of the most treasured artists in the indie movie scene, aka Sevigny and Stewart.
The supporting cast includes Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, and Denis O’Hare - all of whom are known for their works in stereotypical, creepy horror stories - which makes sense, considering the story is based on the infamous axe murders of Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, back in the year 1892.
Back when the movie debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Sevigny shared her insights on a scene of hers from the movie - which holds a surprise element of her engaging in a gruesome, violent act while being totally nude.
Answering fan questions at the film festival, she had said: “It’s just a really carnal moment, and I just thought it would be really arresting. I trusted in Craig’s restraint and Noah’s [Greenberg, cinematographer] beautiful photography that they would make me look good. Now I feel extremely vulnerable! I just wanted the movie to kind of culminate, everybody’s kind of waiting for that moment, and when it happens, to have it be that arresting would make it so much more powerful.”
Saban Films and Roadside Attractions is set to release 'Lizzie' in theaters on September 14, 2018.