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THE AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA (2016)

Ho-hum horror is based on a real and gruesome murder from 1912 where eight people, including six children, were found slain, apparently with an axe. No one was ever convicted of the crime. This routine flick has a group of teens, who fancy themselves paranormal experts, sneaking into the Iowa house to perform a seance…great idea! Supernatural hi-jinxs ensue.

Film is directed by Tony E. Valenzuela from a script and story by he, Owen Egerton and Kevin Abrams. Between the three of them they can’t conjure up anything we haven’t seen before as we are treated to extremely familiar dark figures, ghostly phantoms, character possessions and bloodshed as the spirits of this house turned morbid museum take over the minds and bodies of those who enter. The cast of young actors try their best (including Jarrett Sleeper, Alex Frnka and Robert Adamson), but nothing can save them from the fact that this is tiresomely repetitive of the last umpteen haunted house movies we’ve seen. Valenzuela has a decent visual style, I’ll give him that, but can’t generate any suspense or scares. Also stars John Gries in a small part as the house/museum caretaker.

-MonsterZero NJ

2 star rating

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