Director Peter Jackson has given us dark lord Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings” and the giant ape in “King Kong.” On Friday, he unveils what could be his most horrific monster to date: Stanley Tucci. The actor plays Mr. Harvey, a twitchy child murderer with a bad comb-over, in “The Lovely Bones,” Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel.

In the film, which is part gritty crime thriller, part metaphysical mushroom trip, teenager Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is murdered on her way home from school in 1973. From a brightly colored, dreamlike purgatory known as the In-Between, her soul observes her family’s attempt to come to terms with the crime. Mark Wahlberg plays Susie’s father, Rachel Weisz, her mother, and Susan Sarandon, her hard-drinking grandmother. More..