This Friday, Saban Films and Roadside Attractions are releasing Lizzie, the latest movie from filmmaker Craig William Macneill, into theaters everywhere in the US. In this haunting character study of a woman who seemingly crumbles under the oppressive thumb of both society and her family, Chloë Sevigny stars as the infamous Lizzie Borden, who was suspected of murdering her parents (played by Jamey Sheridan and Fiona Shaw) in cold blood with an axe.

Before the death of her mother and father, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in Bridget (Kristen Stewart), a housemaid recently employed by the Bordens who shares a deep connection with the titular character, giving Lizzie her very first taste of freedom, and propelling the troubled woman to cut her family ties, both figuratively and literally.

Daily Dead recently attended the press day for Lizzie, and had the opportunity to chat with both Sevigny and Stewart about their experiences collaborating on the film together. Sevigny, who also produced Lizzie, discussed how her long-running fascination with one of the most notorious women in American history led to this project, and Stewart talked about how she approached her character and her performance in the film. Both actresses also chatted about how Lizzie taps into some of the issues women are still facing to this day, and more.

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About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.