IFC acquired the Alpine Labs and Tony E. Valenzuela’s psychological thriller The Axe Murders of Villisca hot off the success of the film’s LA Film Festival premiere.
Bloody Disgusting has new images from the film that takes viewers to a haunted house in Iowa where three teens decide to break in and spend the night at the house, forever changing who they are and what is known about the original murders.
The Axe Murders of Villisca, releasing on January 20, 2017, focuses on the paranormal repercussions of what many consider to be the most horrifying unsolved murders in the United States. Now used as a tourist destination, the Villisca Axe Murder House has terrified visitors from around the world and is considered one of the most haunted houses in America.
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.
Starring Robert Adamson (Hollywood Heights), Jarrett Sleeper (Stranger Than Fiction), Alex Frnka (Vanity), Conchata Ferrell (Krampus) and Jon Gries (Taken), the film is director Tony E. Valenzuela’s (creator and founder of the popular genre YouTube channel BlackBoxTV) feature-length directorial debut and was written by Owen Egerton, story by Kevin Abrams and Tony E. Valenzuela.
The Axe Murders of Villisca was executive produced by Kevin Abrams and Jamie Denenberg and produced by Seth Caplan.