Before taking on Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson was best known as a director of outrageous horror comedies. However, a closer look taken by The 11th Hour Web Magazine shows that the movies’ connections to the horror genre don’t stop there.
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The Wizard Kabob
They call it the Wizard Kabob.
It was only a small picture that appeared on the New Zealand news website Stuff on August 8, 2000, but after nearly three months, it has not ceased to be a hub of controversy. It is discussed over and over in chatrooms, and it has been analyzed time and time again within an inch of its life. It has resulted in jokes, arguments, death threats, and more wild speculation than you can shake a staff at. It has become the symbol of a vast sentiment that is sweeping the ranks of the obsessed…
How dare they change The Lord of the Rings like that?
A beautiful — yet rather ominous, wouldn’t you say? — landscape from Lord of the Rings.
Truth is, there’s no way anyone could make a Lord of the Rings movie that would entirely please the books’ enormously rabid fan base (as Ralph Bakshi can surely attest). As a member of said rabid fan base, I can most definitely sympathize. Tolkien’s novels have a way of becoming a part of their reader, and those who love them, love them very deeply. And sometimes they get jealous. After all, everyone sees Middle Earth differently, and everyone considers their view to be the definitive one. Legolas has blonde hair! No, black hair! No, blonde hair! No, black hair! Sauron is pronounced SOW-ron! No, it’s pronounced SORE-on! Actually, it’s sow-RONE. It is not! And so on. I say Balrog wings, you say no wings — let’s call the whole thing off.
So one can only draw the conclusion that anyone who decides to make a movie based on the books is extremely brave and most likely rather foolhardy. A movie will always be a single perspective on its source material, frozen on celluloid for eternity. Once the movies are made, legions of people who have never read the books will probably take the filmmakers’ view of Middle Earth as their own. And so the ardent fans that have been watching the progress of filming with such devotion have been understandably nervous following every dubious announcement. The female roles have been “beefed up”? Sauron is visible? Arwen is being played by Liv Tyler?!
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