Slapstick and Zombies: Films That Have Inspired Peter Jackson’s Work

From mindless zombies to Buster Keaton, Peter Jackson has been inspired by them all.

The moment you mention Peter Jackson’s name, you immediately think of what? Middle Earth, the Shire, hobbits, and epic battle sequences between the courageous Fellowship and disgustingly repulsive orcs. But even though The Lord of the Rings series made Jackson one of the most successful directors in the industry, he actually got his start directing low-budget horror comedies, like Bad Taste and Dead Alive, a genre that is clearly miles away from the fantasy adventure films he’s known for today.

This departure from form and content might seem strange at first glance, but once you know which films influenced the work of the New Zealand-born filmmaker, you might get a much clearer understanding of his creative origins. Fandor shares five of these films in the video below.

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Exclusive Clip Sees Tony Todd Killing Lots of Zombies

Tony Todd in Zombies

Horror icon Tony Todd battles the undead in new action horror flick Zombies

Veteran actor and horror film mainstay Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination) is first and foremost a real actor who has the chops to be an A-lister but kind of got caught in the B’s after accepting perhaps one too many roles that were beneath him. But who cares. He’s a genre film legend and there aren’t many of them left anymore…

Now, Todd is starring in a new flick pitting his sizeable muscle against a legion of zombies in writer/director Hamid Torabpour’s upcoming horror movie called Zombies! Not the most creative title, but hey, they calls ’em likes they sees ’em. The film is due out on in limited theatrical release on October 21st from Winter State Entertainment. A DVD and VOD release will follow.

Synopsis: When the world is in shambles, plagued by a zombie outbreak, only the strong will survive, but just how much determination will it take? Will Luke and his crew have enough ambition and ammunition to outlive the undead?

Zombies is produced by Torabpour, Luke Schuetzle and Cameron Romero who is the son of the man who virtually invented the modern zombie, Dawn of the Dead legend George A. Romero. Todd appears alongside Raina Hein and Steven Luke.

Go to official Zombies Facebook page for more info and check out the stack of sticky photos and feast on the exclusive clip we have for you in the clip below!

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Superhero Bits: Manga Marvel Zombies, Armie Hammer Addresses Green Lantern Rumors & More

Marvel Zombies Manga

Is Josh Brolin the right choice to play Cable in Deadpool 2? When will New Mutants start production? Do you want to read a popular manga featuring Marvel zombies? Who does Supergirl star Katie McGrath, aka Lena Luthor, want to see playing Lex Luthor? Can Deadpool grow back a certain, personal part of his anatomy? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits .

A new Injustice 2 gameplay trailer shows of Poison Ivy‘s conveniently placed greenery and special moves.

Artist Alex Ross took to Twitter to compare a new Justice League movie poster to his own famous comic book art.

A poster created by Joe Quesada for The Punisher series offers a first look at some characters we haven’t seen yet.

Jane the Virgin and Glee star Chad James Buchanan has taken an undisclosed role on The Inhumans TV series.

Here’s the trailer for the first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, debuting on April 18.

It sounds like Josh Boone‘s New Mutants will finally start shooting this summer, if a new schedule is believed.

Marvel Zombies Manga

A popular manga called Avengers: Zombies Assemble will be getting published in the United States starting in May.

Is Josh Brolin a good choice to play Cable in Deadpool 2? An article examines the actor’s career and the character.

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Superhero Bits: Wolverine & Hulk Hybrid, Marvel Zombies Movie, Batgirl Casting Theory & More

Wolverine Hulk Hybrid

Is there already a frontrunner to play Batgirl in Joss Whedon‘s recently announced movie? What’s up with the Hulk and Wolverine hybrid being created in Marvel Comics? Which director is interested in making a Marvel Zombies movie? Would you want to see Dave Franco play Nightwing? Want a sneak peek at the LEGO version of Ares in Wonder Woman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Daisy has to confront the new reality of the Framework in an Agents of SHIELD clip teasing next week’s episode.

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch talks about balancing his action style with the first film’s comedy in the right way.

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi stopped by to visit the Russo Brothers on the set of Avengers: Infinity War.

Tom Holland teases that Spider-Man sequels will follow the Harry Potter formula of progressing with each school year.

Watch a timelapse video of the creation of a chocolate sculpture of Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Patrick Wilson indicates that his villain in Aquaman will break the mediocre mold of villains in most comic book movies.

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso shared a new tease at a hybrid of Wolverine and The Incredible Hulk coming soon.

Chris Pine says Steve Trevor is not a “dude in distress” for Gal Gadot to save in this summer’s Wonder Woman movie.


Wonder Woman LEGO Set

A peek at a new Wonder Woman LEGO set coming to shelves indicates that Ares may be quite the large villain.

Gary Oldman says J.K. Simmons doesn’t need his advice to play Jim Gordon and is intrigued to see his performance.

Marvel Zombies

Free Fire and High-Rise director Ben Wheatley says he is interested in directing an adaptation of Marvel Zombies.

In case you missed it, Zack Snyder has double confirmed that the rumored Justice League runtime is totally false.

Flashpoint Batman

Cover art and the synopsis for The Flash/Batman crossover indicates strange things are in store for Flashpoint Batman.

Dave Franco says he would be up for playing Nightwing in the solo movie in the works for Batman‘s former sidekick.

Man of Steel 2 director

Comic Book Resources wonders how Superman will be revived in the DCEU when Justice League hits theaters this year.

There’s a theory that The 100 star Lindsey Morgan is already the frontrunner to play Batgirl for Joss Whedon.


Thanos on Throne Statue

Sideshow Collectibles’ Thanos on Throne maquette is now available for pre-order for the bargain price of $ 1,200.

Star Labs Business Card Holder

Tell your friends you got a job at The Flash‘s STAR Laboratories by carrying business cards inside of this holder.

Star-Lord Helment Prop Replica Star-Lord Helment Prop Replica

This 1:1 scale prop replica of Star-Lord‘s helmet from Guardians of the Galaxy is coming in July, but it’s pricey.

Spider-Man Homecoming Minimates

Here’s a look at another set of Minimates for Spider-Man: Homecoming, including Iron Man and Happy Hogan.

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