The movie that won splatter king Peter Jackson mainstream respectability was born from writer Fran Walsh's long interest in the Parker-Hulme case: two 1950s teens who invented imaginary worlds, wrote under imaginary personas, and murdered Pauline Parker's mother. Jackson and Walsh's vision of friendship, creativity and tragedy was greeted with Oscar nominations, deals with indie company Miramax, and rhapsodic acclaim for the film, and newbie actors Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet. Time magazine and 30 other publications named it one of the year's 10 best films.
...combines original vision, a drop-dead command of the medium and a successful marriage between a dazzling, kinetic techno-show and a complex, credible portrait of the out-of-control relationship between the crime’s two schoolgirl perpetrators.– David Rooney, reviewing Heavenly Creatures in Variety, 12 September 1994
Funded with the assistance of the NZ Film Commission
Soundtrack includes 'The Humming Chorus' (murder sequence) from Madame Butterfly, composed by Giacomo Puccini and performed by the Hungarian State Opera
Closing credits song 'Your'll Never Walk Alone' sung by Mario Lanza, composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein