The Valley (1976 film)

The Valley is a 1976 short film made by a then fifteen-year-old Peter Jackson with his friends. It was strongly influenced by the films of Ray Harryhausen. It was filmed silent on a Super 8 camera and was shown on the children's television show Spot On.

The Valley
Directed byPeter Jackson
  • Ken Hammon
  • Peter Jackson
  • Andrew Neal
Edited byPeter Jackson
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
20 minutes
CountryNew Zealand


The Valley is about four prospectors who walk into a valley and unwittingly enter a rift in the time/space continuum. As they journey down the valley, one of the prospectors (Ian Middleton) gets taken away by a harpy. Another prospector (Peter Jackson) falls off a cliff. The two remaining (Ken Hammon and Andrew Neal) have to fight and destroy a cyclops. They build a raft, float across a lake, and see a building in ruins. This ruin, unbeknownst to them, is the Beehive building of Wellington city – they have not travelled back in time but ahead into a post-apocalyptic world taken over by mythical beasts.



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