What really happened on that hot August day in Massachusetts, USA? You may have pondered the theories in your mind. The story of Lizzie Andrew Borden is intriguing, and that is why so many movies and series have been created in an effort to explain the motives behind the tragedy. Based on real events, Lizzie was the main suspect in the demise of her father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, 1892. Lizzie was tried and acquitted in what has been one of the most scandalous events in the history of American legal proceedings that remains a mystery to this day. There are multiple speculations about what may have happened on August 4, 1892 at the Borden family home that led to the murders, one of them being the lesbian love affair between Lizzie and the young housemaid Bridget “Maggie” Sullivan, which Mr. and Mrs. Borden did not approve of.
In the film Lizzie Took an Ax (2014), starring Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden and Clea DuVall as Emma Borden, the story takes place mainly after the death of their parents and there is no romantic relationship between Lizzie and Bridget. In this version, Lizzie is depicted as a sociable person who yearns for freedom — a dreamer. Mr. Borden was a typical 19th century controlling father. Emma was afraid of him, but Lizzie always expressed her mind, no matter how liberal her ideals might sound. Mr. Borden had many enemies and kept secrets from his daughters. Lizzie’s confession to Emma about how she perpetrated the murders changed everything between them. Emma tearfully leaves the house forever. In real life, the reason why the two sisters went different paths is unknown — the Borden sisters never met again, becoming perfect strangers. One drive that could’ve led Miss Lizzie Borden to commit the heinous crime was money — the heritage was something that worried Lizzie tremendously.
In 2018, the psychological thriller Lizzie by Craig William Macneill was released, starring Chloë Sevigny as Lizzie Borden and Kristen Stewart as Bridget Sullivan. Lizzie and Bridget find passion and mutual support in a sadder, more encompassing version of the events that took place from the moment Sullivan arrived at the house until days after the violent deaths. The Lizzie Borden case has served as inspiration in episodes of various television series such as a Supernatural episode “Thin Lizzie,” which aired November 4, 2015. Keep reading to see a list of movies and series where the infamous legend of Lizzie is depicted below. Click here to find out more about Lizzie Borden’s life in art.
Lizzie Borden Took an Axe (TV Episode 1955)
What really happened to the Borden family on that hot, hot day?
Find out more about Lizzie Borden Took an Axe.
LIZZIE BORDEN (TV Episode 1957)
The program has two segments: (1) “The Trial of Lizzie Borden” (dramatization of the murder trial of Lizzie Borden), and (2) “The Fall River Legend” (dramatic ballet presentation of the Lizzie Borden story).
Find out more about Lizzie Borden (TV Episode 1957).
The Older Sister (TV Episode 1956)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962)
One year after Mr. and Mrs. Borden were brutally murdered, reporter Nell Cutts tries to interview Lizzie Andrew Borden and her sister Emma about the killings.
Find out more about The Older Sister.
THE LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN (TV Movie 1975)
In 1893 Massachusetts, Lizzie Andrew Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.
Find out more about The Legend of Lizzie Borden.
THIN LIZZIE (TV Episode 2015)
Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders at a local B&B that also happens to be Lizzie Andrew Borden’s old home. When a man tells them he saw a little girl around the B&B around the time of the murders, the brothers realize Amara may be responsible.
Find out more about Thin Lizzie.
This list has been made with you in mind, hoping it will help you prepare for the arrival of Lizzie (2018) to Lesflicks VOD on August 31st. It’s recommended that if you haven’t yet learned about one of the most shocking homicides in American history, you catch up with these works of art and draw your own conclusions on a situation in human history that will surely blow you away. Lizzie Borden’s story draws our attention, counting all the speculations about her sexual orientation and how sad her life must have been — committing a crime will always be what it is, a crime. But being desperate and traumatized by wanting to take control of your own life and being denied that freedom is truly heartbreaking. We’d love to hear from you on social media! What do you think about the infamous murders of Lizzie’s family? Tell us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
Reviewer & Writer
Barbara is a researcher and independent analyst passionate about film, editing, and writing. Upon graduating from high school, she went to film school where she was certified as an actress in audiovisual media. In search of opportunities to put her creativity into practice, she volunteered to be a member of the Lesflicks family.