Oscar winning directors don’t always have glamorous starts. Jonathan Demme directed schlocky B movies for Roger Corman. Spielberg made made-for-television horror films and thrillers. And Peter Jackson, the man who directed The Lord of the Rings, started out with gross-out genre comedies.
After Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, Jackson made his third and final splatter picture, Dead Alive. The film, released as Braindead outside of North America, was a slapstick comedy about a boy and a girl... and some zombies. The film as a whole is considered on of the goriest in movie history, but it’s the zombies versus lawnmower scene that leaves the audience feeling like they may actually be soaked in blood. This grand finale is epic, more so than even the biggest battle scenes in Jackson’s Tolkien trilogy.