The Axe Murders of Villisca Review
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Have to love a movie that starts with murders! Blood, screams, and tears… Oh my! The beauty of this movie isn’t just the unexpected quality of it but the dialog is very well done. When the people in the film are realistic, it ropes me in right away.
It’s not often I find a ghost horror that can keep me entertained but this one definitely held my attention. The story follows three teenagers, two of which are self-proclaimed ghost hunters, on a tour of a house where eight people were murdered in 1912. It’s a movie based on the past in every way you can think of and it has some of the classic horror movie aspects. You’ve got the two asshole jocks, Connor and Rob, who go out of their way to make you wish you could personally kill them yourself, the two sweet ghost hunters, Caleb and Dennis, with the tortured past, and the beautiful girl, Jess, who just stumbled into it all with her accidental sex tape publicly posted by Connor. It also has an awesome, but small, performance by Sean Whalen, seriously love him, and no cheesy jump scares, which is always great in my book.
Don’t get me wrong, there are jump scares just not the ones that pull you in with silence and hand you a quick dose of BOO! Each character is handed their own set of black eyes when they are forced to face their inner demons, leaving you wondering who is going to hurt who. It’s interesting trying to figure out who is affected when clearly everyone is affected. However, I spent most of the time feeling sympathy for Dennis as he seems to have gone through more than the others. There were a few questions that left me going, Meh-heh? Like, how did that fire light that piece of wood like that? Where did her clothes go? Why is there cotton in the dad’s mouth?
These questions aside, it is a pretty good find for a quick fix of fear but if you are looking for something to really make you pee your pants, I would look elsewhere because it’s just not that scary of a movie.