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 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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NZD 200,000 (estimated)

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The name of the town 'Kaihoro' under attack is a Maori word that can be translated as either "Food Town" or "Fast Food" - Kai meaning Food, and Horo meaning Village and also Quickly, depending on the context. See more »


As Derek leaps through the hole in the ceiling towards the alien leader, a crew member can be seen standing above him, on the left hand side of the hole. See more »


Ozzy: Gee, they come to bits easy!
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References The Waltons (1971) See more »


Composed by Mike Minett and Dave Hamilton
Performed by The Remnants
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Splatter fun for all the family!
26 April 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Goofy and ridiculously exaggerated horror-comedy, obviously made by a group of unprofessional movie-lovers and friends. Dig this: big potato-headed aliens slice up an entire little town in order to serve them in an intergalactic chain of fast-food restaurants! Four eccentric lowlifes are after them (they form a government agency called A.I.D.S – Alien Investigation and Defense Service). Peter Jackson (yes, THE Peter Jackson) desperately tries to hide the fact that he doesn't have the story by showing a whole lot of nasty gunfights and immature butchering. Buy hey…who's complaining? Bad Taste is great fun and one of the most hilarious horror-comedies ever. Nobody in the cast knows how to act, the make-up effects are cheesy and the cinematography is laughable. Jackson himself plays Derek, an obsessive freak that constantly has to re-install his own brain after he lost some cells in a fall of a cliff. There isn't one `scary' moment to detect in Bad Taste, but the vulgarity and nastiness-level is pretty high… Chainsaw dismemberments, crushed skulls…you name it and Peter Jackson shows it! Even drinking someone's fresh vomit is possible in his wicked imagination!

As Jackson's budget slowly increased, so did his filmmaking skills. He continued to make fresh New-Zealand horror with `Meet The Feebles' (brilliant and imaginative puppet adventure) and `Braindead' (perhaps the goriest film ever). When you see him here in Bad Taste, you'd never say he'll win an Oscar for best director once but it only gives more cult-value to the film. This is an ideal motion picture to watch with a group of friends, with lots and lots of alcohol and pizza. You're not missing out on anything if you haven't seen it yet, except for a real good time.

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