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Bad Taste (1987)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1989 (USA)
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 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
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


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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One thing the aliens hadn't counted on was Derek, and Dereks don't run! See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mal gusto  »

Box Office


NZD 200,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The banning of the film in the Australian state of Queensland in 1990 is regarded as the main reason for why the Queensland Film Board of Review was disbanded. Workers of the QFBOR regarded it as too violent, even though it was already a censored version and the film had been approved by the New Zealand Film Commission. The nationwide Australian OFLC saw the workers as unprofessional for banning an approved film that was already censored and subsequently disbanded them. See more »


When Robert leaps to attack Derek at the cliffs, there is a suspiciously moving bush behind Derek, but in the next shots it has disappeared. See more »


Derek: Well this sure has buggered your plans for conquering the world, eh? Hehe... my friend, the astro-bastard, time for talkies. By the time my colleagues get here I want to have you babbling in some extra-terrestrial language!
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Instead of standard disclaimer: Any similarity with persons living or dead is an accident. Sorry See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XII (2001) See more »


Composed and Performed by Madlight
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"I'm a Derek, Dereks don't run."
24 January 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Bad Taste is one of the weirdest, stupidest, most idiotic, b (if that) movies I've ever seen. Why then do I own this movie? Because Peter Jackson has created one of the funniest splatterfests period (especially the hilarious machine gun scene and the pine cone tossing). It takes a while for the hilarity to start but so did Dead Alive (another Jackson great). Enjoy as Derek, Ozzy (wearing a Tales From the Crypt t-shirt), and the rest of the boys take on extra-terrestrial buggers who've come to Earth in search of meat. The plot is also a little hard to follow the first time around. After watching Bad Taste many times however, I have no idea how he was chosen to direct the Lord of the Rings (which rocked). So, Peter Jackson, for that...I salute you.

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