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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June 1989 (USA)  »

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Mal gusto  »

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NZD 200,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


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, Peter Jackson later would work with Spielberg in The Adventures of Tintin (2011) See more »


Obvious mask for the aliens at the end when Derek goes through their head. The 'alien' heads have no skull, when the head goes in, the skin gives-in and reveals it's just a mask. Also at the very end when Derek uses the alien head as a 'mask', it's obviously a regular mask with made of plastic. See more »


[last lines]
Derek: I'm coming to get you bastards.
[laughs in a mad way]
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Crazy Credits

Instead of standard disclaimer: Any similarity with persons living or dead is an accident. Sorry See more »


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


Composed and Performed by Madlight
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If this is not a classic of its genre, what is?
8 January 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

When it comes to splatter-flicks it's hard to find a bigger milestone than "Bad Taste". I laugh my ass off when I think of the ignorant and unaware Tolkien-fans who are about to watch it in order to check out what Peter Jackson has done before "The Lord of the Rings". If they haven't seen "Bad Taste" they're in for a bit of a surprise even though mere name says it all. The foolish plot of "Bad Taste" is unessential - film is made to show audience as much everything that's sickening and repulsive as it's possible from an alien that splits into two pieces when its being hit by a car and then fiddles his own entrails, hero who's squeezing pieces of brain back into a cracked head and a bunch of lunatics from outer space who are eating steamy and lumpy vomit. This is not the most disgusting flick ever made. That's because luckily the gore effects are so hilariously clumsy that instead of making you throw up they make you laugh hard. This is still a bloody disgusting film. I love "Bad Taste" and I've seen it too many times but obviously it's impossible for me to judge people who don't like it.

Peter Jackson has directed so much better movies after this with more money and real actors. Nevertheless, in one way "Bad Taste" will always be his very best work - no matter what he has done and will do in the future. Jackson had mom and dad (!) as special assistants to the producer and his pals as an actors. You have to respect a movie that was originally made during several years with no bigger commercial motives - just because of the fun of making a motion picture. This is a film that is good because it looks cheap, clumsy and stupid and has a ridiculous plot, awful script and absolutely terrible actors. Usually those are faults and the main reasons why a film is lousy but in this case it's all part of the fun. Movie history has rarely seen as horrible acting as especially Terry Potter and Mike Minett as Ozzy and Frank are having. Actually Doug Wren who's playing the alien leader is the only one who I can call an actor with a bit of a talents. Peter Jackson's own unhealthy character Derek who forces himself through alien's anus with a chainsaw is an amusing bloke too. Taste couldn't possibly get any worse, so if you don't possess an extremely sick and perverse sense of humor don't bother. Phenomenal trash: 10/10.

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