"The Axe Murders of Villisca"
Written by the Austin-based Owen Egerton, and directed by Tony E. Valenzuela, The Axe Murders of Villisca offers a fictional take on one of the 20th-century's most mysterious unsolved mass murders. On June 9 and 10 of 1912, in the Iowa town of Villisca, six members of the Moore family and two guests—six of them children—were brutally murdered by an unknown killer or killers. The main suspect, Rev. George Kelly, confessed to the crime but he would later recant. He went on trial twice, with the first trial ending in a hung jury and the second trial resulting in his acquittal. Set in the present-day, The Axe Murders of Villisca follows three high school students who break into the Moore house with the hope of discovering more about the murders than they would by taking a tour of the property. They soon discover more than they bargained for in the Moore house. The Axe Murders of Villisca stars Robert Adamson, Jarrett Sleeper and Alex Frnka as the students trapped in the Moore home; Jon Gries costars as the Moore house’s tour guide. The Axe Murders of Villisca, which premiered locally during last year’s Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival, is now available for on-demand viewing. Director Tony E. Valenzuela joins writer Owen Egerton during this interview.
Aired: Jan. 19, 2017
Web site: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/axe-murders-of-villisca