Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin, Jed Brophy, Stuart Devenie, Brenda Kendall, Davina Whitehouse, Silvio Famularo, Lewis Rowe, Glenis Levestam, Stephen Papps
Wellington (New Zealand)
Director : Peter Jackson Production Company : WingNut Films, New Zealand Film Commission, Avalon/NFU Region : REST OF THE WORLD
25-year-old Lionel Cosgrove has never even kissed a girl, and so is excited when the lovely Paquita, a Spanish girl who works in the corner shop, arranges a nocturnal tryst with him in the zoo. Unfortunately, Lionel's over-possessive mother, spying on them from the bushes, is bitten by a Sumatran Monkey Rat, and soon develops a craving for raw meat. Upon learning of this, Lionel tries to warn his new love of his mother's strange cannibalistic habits before it is too late.
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Also known as 'Dead Alive' (US Title)
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bradea001. Several explorers play cricket on Skull Island as their companions approach with their prized Sumatran Rat Monkey. This was filmed at the Putangirua Pinnacles near Wellington.
bradea002. The explorers get chased by the bloodthirsty locals who are a bit cross that their Rat Monkey has been stolen. If you recognise part of this landscape, it may be because director Peter Jackson returned here to film the Dimholt Road in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
bradea003. The explorers just make it onto their Jeep and get away, avoiding arrows from the natives. Skull Island is of course the home of King Kong, which Peter Jackson would direct a remake of over a decade later in 2005.
bradea004. The Rat Monkey is loaded onto an aeroplane bound for the modern world. This location is currently unidentified. It might be a studio exterior.
bradea005. A Fieldair Freight Dc-3 (possibly ZK-BBJ) lands at Wellington airport. Director Peter Jackson is a collector of vintage planes, and so I'm sure features old aircraft whenever he can. He cameoed as a machine gunner in one of the planes attacking the Empire State building in his own version of King Kong.
bradea006. The cargo is unloaded and makes its way up Queens Drive, Lyall Bay, Wellington.
bradea007. I used to wonder if this was stock footage of downtown Wellington from the 1950s but it is in fact a rather impressive miniature set.
bradea007n. Just to highlight the fact that it's a miniature, here is director Peter Jackson leering over the model! (Modern Photo Added: 12-11-2016)
bradea008. Rat Monkey delivery man (actor and sometime director) Tony Hiles drives the 1941 Chevrolet Light Delivery vehicle up Sutherland Road, Melrose, Wellington 6023.
bradea009. The van continues up Sutherland Road, passing Hornsey Road on the left.
bradea010. Nearing the top of the hill, the van pulls into Rodrigo Road and is about to pass Paquita's shop.