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Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | | 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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A very informative documentary on the making of Peter Jackson's gore classic Bad Taste. Highlights include behind-the-scenes footage, detailed explanations of the special effects, an ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Hiles
Stars: Peter Vere-Jones, Peter Jackson, Craig Smith
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Terry Potter ...
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Mike Minett ...
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Doug Wren ...
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Lord Crumb (voice)
Ken Hammon ...
3rd Class Alien
Robin Griggs ...
3rd Class Alien
Michael Gooch ...
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Peter Gooch ...
3rd Class Alien
Laurie Yarrall ...
3rd Class Alien
Shane Yarrall ...
3rd Class Alien
Philip Lamey ...
3rd Class Alien
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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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Crumb's Crunchy Delights. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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NZD 200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The line "There's no glowing fingers on these bastards" is an obvious reference to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) directed by Steven Spielberg. 8 years later Peter Jackson would work with Dee Wallace (who plays Mary) in The Frighteners (1996) and later collaborate with Spielberg in The Adventures of Tintin (2011) See more »

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In a side shot of Derek driving the blue van, you can see the front roof frame of the car reflected in the back window, which is driving along with it and filming. See more »

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Barry: Why can't aliens be friendly?
Derek: There's no glowing fingers on these bastards, we've got a bunch of Extra-Terrestrial psychopaths on our hands, like a visit from a planet full of Charlie Mansons, they've started on something small, its my guess they'll go onto something bigger next time, Christchurch, Wellington...
Barry: Auckland?
Derek: Yeah, well, that wouldn't be so bad.
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R2 DVD release bears the warning, "People of a weak disposition should not watch this feature" See more »

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Spoofs The Professionals (1977) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Madlight
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I'm a Derek...Derek's DON'T run!
12 October 2001 | by (Dorset, England) – See all my reviews

Directed by the New Zealand king of low-budget gore - Peter Jackson, who also takes the starring role in his debut film as 'Derek', the leader of the alien prevention group 'Alien Investigation and Defence Service' - A.I.D.S(!), who are called into action when a group of aliens land on earth with the intention of kidnapping humans and using them as the main ingredient for their fast food restaurants! Naturally Derek and his crew are none too happy about this and set about stopping them in the only way they know how - violently.

As you can imagine with a plot like this and with Peter Jackson involved you can expect extreme gore mixed with extreme cheese, for example there is this one part where an alien has been severed in two from being hit by a car, his remaining top half fends off Jackson's attacks with a chainsaw by throwing pine cones at him! Also throughout the film Derek becomes increasingly demented after having a particularly nasty fall off a 90ft cliff, although miraculously surviving this, he has a nasty crack on the back of his head which keeps flapping open and letting bits of brain fall out (nice) and at one point he replaces his emptying skull with an alien's intestines who he has just slaughtered! As you can probably tell from these examples this film is pretty gross and if your like me you will find it very funny as well.

Watch this film even if it is only to see one of Derek's compadres' rip off an aliens head with his bare hands and drop-kick it successfully out of a window to which he casually comments "The old magic is still there."


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