Last month we brought new of an axe-wielding Sean Whalen swinging at children in the new film from IFC Midnight, The Axe Murderer of Villisca. Now they’ve released a slew of new stills as they prepare for their January 20 release.
On a June night in 1912, eight people—a mother, father, their four children, and two guests—were murdered by an axe-wielding killer in the sleepy town of Villisca, Iowa, a case that remains unsolved to this day. 104 years later, Caleb (Robert Adamson) and Denny (Jarrett Sleeper), two friends who share an interest in ghost hunting, along with Jess (Alex Frnka), the new girl in school who’s already got a reputation, sneak into the house where the infamous bloodbath occurred in hopes of recording paranormal activity. What the trio encounters is far more horrifying than anything they could have imagined. A century after the shocking crime that put Villisca on the map, a supernatural force is waiting to write the next chapter in the home’s bloody history.
The Axe Murderer of Villisca is directed by Tony Valenzeula and written by Owen Egerton
While the film’s plot doesn’t look like anything special, the trailer paints a different picture. The Axe Murderer of Villisca looks like it’s going to be one hell of a film, but that might just be the crazed bloody stare of Whalen. Either way, this is not likely to be a film we will want to miss out on.
The stills below give a little more depth to the film, particularly with the ghost children. Their gray, ashy, creepy as hell special effects makes even the most innocent looking child appear to be vessels for pure evil.
Be sure to keep an eye out for a review and some interviews with the cast and crew of The Axe Murders of Villisca, and don’t forget to watch the film when it comes out on January 20th!