Me, right now I am looking for the extended version of The Two Towers to climb to the top. It will be the 3rd Jackson movie that I’ve seen. The first two were Fellowship of the Ring and the short form Two Towers. And soon, perhaps, the last of the Trilogy will make its case. But there is a new challenger.
I have paid no attention to Jackson’s earlier work and today find out that at least one person thinks his early movie Dead Alive is his best:
Come to think of it, “Dead Alive” and “Lord of the Rings” can both be read as a young man’s quest for power through knowing the truth. Call me perverse, but as far as I’m concerned, “Dead Alive” is Jackson’s most personal and convincing work. “LOTR” is more about father figures, where “Dead Alive” is about Mom. And for all the visual splendor of “LOTR,” it seems to me that Jackson connects much more with the Evil Mother than with warring fathers. In any case, “Dead Alive” is certainly my favorite of his movies.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this movie you might want to note the following before heading to the video store:
I don’t want to spoil the film for you, but let me say that unless you’re as fond of zombies as I am you probably shouldn’t see the movie on a queasy stomach. It’s one of the most extreme splatter movies I’ve ever seen.
I don’t think I’ll be watching with my wife.
Via Michael at 2blowhards.