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Bad Taste (1987)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  June 1989 (USA)
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The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Potter ...
Ozzy / 3rd Class Alien
Pete O'Herne ...
Barry / 3rd Class Alien
Craig Smith ...
Giles / 3rd Class Alien
Mike Minett ...
Frank / 3rd Class Alien
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Doug Wren ...
Lord Crumb
Dean Lawrie ...
Lord Crumb SPFX Double / 3rd Class Alien
Peter Vere-Jones ...
Lord Crumb (voice)
Ken Hammon ...
3rd Class Alien
Robin Griggs ...
3rd Class Alien
Michael Gooch ...
3rd Class Alien
Peter Gooch ...
3rd Class Alien
Laurie Yarrall ...
3rd Class Alien
Shane Yarrall ...
3rd Class Alien
Philip Lamey ...
3rd Class Alien
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Storyline

Derek and his friends must investigate the missing people in a small village. Then they find out its human formed aliens that are really big headed monsters that used all the people in the small village into their snack burgers. Now, Derek must save the day and the world with his chainsaw before the meat eaters strikes the whole planet. Will Derek kill all the aliens? Written by Liam

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The Bastards Have Landed! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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NZD 200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film started life as a ten-minute short called "Roast of the Day", which started shooting in 1981. The story concerned Giles (Craig Smith), an aid worker who comes to the small coastal town of Kaihoro on collection day. The young man encounters a psychopath named Robert who then pursues him. Giles escapes the madman and reaches an old heritage estate where he tries to contact the authorities. However, the same clan of cannibalistic psychos that Robert is from occupies the house and captures Giles. In an ironic twist the aid worker is later cooked up to relieve the famine of the cannibals. Along the way Peter Jackson added the "special forces" team that would be sent to rescue Giles, but in this early version the "boys" would turn out to be cannibals as well (they staged the whole thing because they like to play with their food). When it came time for Jackson to finally edit the film together he found that he had nearly 50 minutes' worth of usable footage. So with its length and being inspired by the 16mm efforts of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1981), Jackson continued shooting to make the movie a full-length feature. See more »

Goofs

When the boys are getting kitted up in the forest to rescue Giles, even though there's supposed to be nobody for miles, through the trees in the background you can clearly see cars driving along a busy road. See more »

Quotes

[after chainsawing through an alien's head, falling inside and exiting between its legs]
Derek: I'm born again!
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Crazy Credits

R2 DVD release bears the warning, "People of a weak disposition should not watch this feature" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

BAD TASTE
Composed by Mike Minett and Dave Hamilton
Performed by The Remnants
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Truly amazing no-budget splatterfest.
14 November 2002 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

BAD TASTE, the worldwide cult hero Peter Jackson's first picture, concerns four bumbling government agents whose job it is to rid scenic New Zealand of any alien scum that may be invading their otherwise peaceful country. After being called upon to explore an entire town that has been mysteriously deserted, the men fall upon a shocking discovery: aliens from outer space have abducted much of the human race and are planning on using their flesh for intergalactic hamburger meat! It seems humanoids are the newest taste sensation all throughout the galaxy. Now, our heroes, with the aid of the city's one surviving human, are on a mission to save Earth from these extraterrestrials' fiendish plot--in the bloodiest, slapstick-iest, most outlandish ways imaginable.

BAD TASTE took four years, a shoestring budget, and a tiny devoted cast and crew to complete. Shooting took place mainly on weekends, while the amateurs tended to their daily lives the rest of the week. The unmitigated commitment the crew had towards the production of the film really shows, as they all must've given their utmost towards not just getting the movie complete, but making it look spectacular. Jackson's camera-work and special effects are nothing short of mind-blowing, and the fast-paced editing really gives this 16mm wonder a big-budget, professional look while still maintaining a goofy, campy feel.

Sure, the acting may be a bit over-the-top, and the meandering script does seem largely improvised, but these "shortcomings" only add to the picture's fun, crazy atmosphere, helping to make it even funnier. The soundtrack is oftentimes a little overbearing and awkward as well, but again, it doesn't in any way detract from the overall enjoyment of the film. All in all, if you're a fan of gore movies, alien romps, or just good ol' fashioned black comedy, then you don't want to miss BAD TASTE. Just make sure you have the stomach for it, or it might just get torn out and eaten!


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