Director Peter Jackson, in time, may well become best known for his 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy- a generic departure to say the least from 'Bad Taste' (1987), 'Braindead' (1992), and this- 'Heavenly Creatures' (1994)- his film based on the true story of two girls' intense friendship in 1950s New Zealand that culminates in murder. The two leads, (here) both new to the screen- particularly Melanie Lynskey as Pauline Parker- are remarkable as the two teenagers whose lives are so frequently merely blurred versions of reality. Visually arresting. Psychologically, very, very, frightening. Compelling and brilliant.