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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 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


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During a scene where Derek's van swerves off the road and runs over one of the aliens, Ken Hammon sat on the hood of a van because they weren't able to buy a camera mount for the hood. Peter Jackson was driving, but neither noticed a tree stump hidden in the tall grass. The van stopped immediately from high speed, launching Ken and the camera into the air. Amazingly, both Hammon and the camera came out fine, but said, "We ain't doin' that one again!" See more »


When Frank is in the middle of the field being shot at by the aliens in the tree, the wires controlling the squibs are visible. See more »


Alien Leader's Voice: I expect you're wondering what you're doing soaking in Reg's eleven secret herbs and spices. Tomorrow we're having *you* for lunch!
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Composed by Mike Minett and Dave Hamilton
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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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