Heavenly Creatures

1994 film directed by Peter Jackson

Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 drama film about two girls who have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. The story was based on the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder.

The true story of a crime that shocked a nation.
Why could not mother die? Dozens of people are dying all the time, thousands, so why not mother?
Only the best people fight against all obstacles in pursuit of happiness.
Directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson.
Not all angels are innocent.taglines

Pauline Parker

  • She is most unreasonable. Why could not mother die? Dozens of people are dying all the time, thousands, so why not mother? And father too.
  • [voiceover, from her diary] We have decided how sad it is for others that they cannot appreciate our genius.
  • [narrating] We realized why Deborah and I have such extraordinary telepathy and why people treat us and look at us the way they do. It is because we are MAD. We are both stark raving MAD!
  • [from her diary] My new year's resolution is a far more selfish one than last year. It is to make my motto, eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow, you may be dead.
  • [narrating] This notion is not a new one but this time it is a definite plan which we intend to carry out. We have worked it out carefully and are both thrilled by the idea. Naturally we feel a trifle nervous, but the pleasure of anticipation is great.
  • [narration] The next time I write in this diary, Mother will be dead. How odd... yet how pleasing.
  • It's a three act story with a tragic end.

Juliet Hulme

  • Only the best people fight against all obstacles in pursuit of happiness.
  • All the best people have bad chests and bone diseases. It's all frightfully romantic.
  • Affairs are much more exciting than marriages. [pause] As Mummy can testify.
  • Stick it up your bottom!
  • [about the murder of Honora Parker] I think she knows what's going to happen. She doesn't appear to bear us any grudge.


[Juliet and Pauline are running screaming up the hill covered in blood, the scene intercuts with black and white scenes of them running across the deck of a ship towards Dr. and Mrs. Hulme]
Juliet Hulme: Mummy!
Pauline Parker: Mummy!
Juliet Hulme: Mummmmy!
[the scene changes from the ship to the hilltop tea-house. The girls are screaming hysterically as the tea-house woman runs out to see what the noise is all about]
Pauline Parker: It's Mummy! She's terribly hurt!
Juliet Hulme: Please! Help us!

Juliet Hulme: Daddy says the Bible is a load of bunkum.
Pauline Parker: But we're all going to Heaven.
Juliet Hulme: I'm not. I'm going to the Fourth World. It's sort of like Heaven, only better, because there aren't any Christians. It's an absolute paradise of music, art and pure enjoyment.

Pauline Parker: I felt thoroughly depressed and even quite seriously considered committing suicide. Life seemed so much not worth the living and death such an easy way out.
Honorah Parker Rieper: Love, you can still write to each other.
Pauline Parker: Anger against Mother boiled up inside me, as it is she who is one of the main obstacles in my path. Suddenly a means of ridding myself of this obstacle occurred to me. If she were to die...

Dr. Henry Hulme: Mrs. Rieper, may I come in?
Honorah Parker Rieper: Yes, of course.
Dr. Henry Hulme: Thank you.
[They sit in the parlor]
Dr. Henry Hulme: Your daughter's an imaginative and spirited girl.
Honorah Parker Rieper: Look, if she's spending too much time at your house, you only need to say. All those nights that she spends over, she assured us that you don't mind.
Dr. Henry Hulme: It, it's rather more complicated than that. Since Mrs. Hulme and I have returned home, Juliet has been behaving in a rather disturbed manner... surliness, general irritability - most uncharacteristic.
Herbert Rieper: Sure I can't tempt you to a nice sherry, Dr. Hulme?
Dr. Henry Hulme: No, thank you. The thing is...
Honorah Parker Rieper: Yvonne hasn't been herself, either. Locking herself away in her room, endlessly writing.
Dr. Henry Hulme: My wife and I feel the friendship is... unhealthy.
Herbert Rieper: No arguments there, Dr. Hulme! All that time inside working on those novels of theirs. They don't get fresh air or exercise!
Honorah Parker Rieper: I'm not sure what you mean, Dr. Hulme.
Dr. Henry Hulme: Your daughter appears to have formed a rather unwholesome attachment to Juliet.
Honorah Parker Rieper: What's she done?
Dr. Henry Hulme: She hasn't done anything. It's the intensity of the friendship that concerns me. I think we should avert trouble before it starts.


  • Not all angels are innocent.
  • The true story of a crime that shocked a nation.
  • From a secret world no one could see...came a crime no one could believe.


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