4 Stars
Year Released: 1994
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 99 minutes
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One of the most genuinely disturbing films I have ever seen. This drama from New Zealand tells the shocking true story of two teens (played to chilling perfection by Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey) whose obsessive friendship leads them to brutally murder one of their mothers. Director Peter Jackson (best known for the tongue-in-cheek horror flick Dead-Alive) creates a rich, haunting atmosphere, deftly juggling the eerily giddy fantasy world of the girls (complete with lifesize, animated clay figures) and their harsh, violent reality. Jackson and co-scripter Frances Walsh were Academy Award nominees for Best Original Screenplay.

Posted on July 9, 1994 in Reviews by

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