films seen
15
average score
2.23*
nationality
New Zealand - 60 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Jackson started out as a zany genre director with a unique knack for over-the-top horror and comedy, but slowly turned into a run-of-the-mill blockbuster helmer. I love old Jackson, couldn't care less about his more recent work.

Rare treats

Braindead

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
1992 / 97m - New Zealand
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Braindead poster

I stopped caring about Jackson's films years ago, but even his faltering oeuvre can't take away from the joy that is Braindead.

The good stuff

Meet the Feebles

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
1989 / 97m - New Zealand
Genre
Comedy, Musical, Music
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Meet the Feebles poster

Bad Taste

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
1987 / 91m - New Zealand
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Bad Taste poster

Solid pieces

The Lovely Bones

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2009 / 135m - USA
Genre
Fantasy, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Lovely Bones poster

Forgotten Silver

by Costa Botes, Peter Jackson
Specifics
1995 / 53m - New Zealand
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Forgotten Silver poster

The inoffensive

The Frighteners

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
1996 / 110m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Frighteners poster

Heavenly Creatures

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
1994 / 99m - New Zealand
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Heavenly Creatures poster

Worthy but flawed

King Kong

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2005 / 187m - USA
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
King Kong poster

Dubious filler

They Shall Not Grow Old

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2018 / 99m - UK
Genre
Documentary, War
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
They Shall Not Grow Old poster

In a rather interesting twist, Peter Jackson (the man best known for either his shlocky horror or huge blockbusters films) turned in a documentary focusing on World War I. There have been hundreds of those already and it's fair to wonder where the added value of this documentary lies, but it wouldn't be Jackson without a trick or two up his sleeve.

The big sell here is the restored footage. We're so used to seeing crummy, sped up black and white footage of the past that it's almost a shock to see real, historical footage in full color and without all the jittery decay. It's a nice reminder that our history was actually in color instead of grainy black and white.

While this restored footage is impressive, it's not there for the entire runtime and the rest of the documentary is made up of personal recollections on top of regular black and while historic recordings. While impressive in its own right, I've heard these stories so many times before that they do feel somewhat superfluous. This would've been better if it was half the length.

Big nopes

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2013 / 161m - New Zealand
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

Irritation overload

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2014 / 144m - New Zealand
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2012 / 169m - New Zealand
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey poster

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2003 / 201m - New Zealand
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King poster

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2002 / 179m - New Zealand
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers poster

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

by Peter Jackson
Specifics
2001 / 178m - New Zealand
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring poster