Before he brought the hobbitses of Middle Earth to the big screen and snatched up those Oscars, director/producer/writer Peter Jackson made a name for himself in our holy genre. Most of you know those first few films of his: Bad Taste (1987), Meet the Feebles (1989), Dead Alive aka Braindead (1992), and The Frighteners (1996). Although his Lord of the Rings (2001-2003), Hobbits (2012-2014), Lovely Bones (2009), and King Kong (2005) had elements of horror mixed in, Jackson hasn’t fully returned to his splatter roots. Could that change in the near future?
During an interview with THR, he was asked that very question, and his response gives us all a bit of hope:
Oh, I’m very happy to be disgusting again if the right project comes along. It would be interesting to see how disgusting Fran (wife) and I could be in our older age compared to our younger years because we’ve learned a few things since then. We know a little bit more about the world than we did then, so maybe our levels of disgusting could go into whole new places!
Would you just imagine the places that he and wife, Fran, could possibly go? I mean, in the films mentioned above, he went beyond the beyond with the wacky and with the gore. What sort of take would he have 20+ years later?
Until he gets around to those ideas, we will have to settle with those that he has already given us. It looks like we may get more than we think as in his interview with THR, Jackson shares that he is – and has already begun – restoring Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Dead Alive, and the Kate Winslet starrer Heavenly Creatures (1994), for a future boxset. He’s not only restoring them, but he’s got hours upon hours of video diaries that he wants to include with these restorations.
I’ve always had video diaries being shot. So I’ve got about an hour or two of us shooting Bad Taste, seven or eight hours of us shooting The Feebles, 50 to 60 hours of us filming Braindead, and at least 70 hours of us doing Heavenly Creatures. And it’s not just people talking to camera, it’s actually a guy on the set filming us making the film. So there’s some pretty interesting stuff there and none of it has ever been out.
For fans and aspiring filmmakers, this boxset will be a definite, absolute must have! For now, Jackson can be caught promoting the upcoming Mortal Engines (2018) as producer and his WW1 documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old (2018).
How does the possibility of a new Peter Jackson splatter horror make you feel?! When the boxset of those films restored gets released, how fast are you jumping on it? Let us know over on Twitter, the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook, Reddit, and Instagram!