MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 654 this week

Bad Taste (1987)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1989 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 31,092 users  
Reviews: 276 user | 103 critic

The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Director:

Writers:

, (additional material), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 30 May 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 12 Jan 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 31 Mar 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 08 Jul 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Bad Taste" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bad Taste (1987)

Bad Taste (1987) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bad Taste.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist
Re-Animator (1985)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson
Critters (1986)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush
Dead Heat (1988)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two cops are brought back to life to chase down supernatural criminals.

Director: Mark Goldblatt
Stars: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Toxic Avenger must defend his friends from his own evil alternate universe doppelganger The Noxious Offender.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Stars: David Mattey, Clyde Lewis, Heidi Sjursen
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain discover the secret to creating human life and proceed to create a perfect woman from dead tissue.

Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker.

Directors: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman
Stars: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Everyone's favorite mad scientist Herbert West is currently in jail after having state's evidence turned against him by his former assistant, Dan Cain. While being led away, some re-agent ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry
Undead (2003)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Stars: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins
Infestation (2009)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A slacker awakes to find himself weak and wrapped in a webbing; after realizing that the world has been taken over by giant alien insects, he wakes a ragtag group of strangers and together they fight for survival.

Director: Kyle Rankin
Stars: Chris Marquette, Brooke Nevin, Kinsey Packard
Slither (2006)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.

Director: James Gunn
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker
Edit

Cast

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's 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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Bastards Have Landed! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mal gusto  »

Box Office

Budget:

NZD 30,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1989 video release) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

All the dialogue in the film was dubbed in post-production. This was for two reasons: A) Part of the footage had no sound with it, since it had been filmed on Peter Jackson's own 16mm camera which didn't support sound recording, and B) Once the New Zealand Film Commission funded the remainder of the film, Jackson hired a sound camera. However, neither Jackson nor his crew were very skilled with sound recording and most of the dialogue was unusable. See more »

Goofs

The team member talking on the car's CB radio starts out holding the microphone handset backwards. See more »

Quotes

Barry: I knew it was a mistake to issue weapons. We're a government department not a paramilitary unit!
Derek: Yeah, the Astro Investigation and Defence Service!
Ozzy: Wish we'd change that name!
See more »

Crazy Credits

R2 DVD release bears the warning, "People of a weak disposition should not watch this feature" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Turbo Zombi - Tampons of the Dead (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

ROCK LIES
Composed and Performed by Madlight
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Truly amazing no-budget splatterfest.
14 November 2002 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

BAD TASTE, the worldwide cult hero Peter Jackson's first picture, concerns four bumbling government agents whose job it is to rid scenic New Zealand of any alien scum that may be invading their otherwise peaceful country. After being called upon to explore an entire town that has been mysteriously deserted, the men fall upon a shocking discovery: aliens from outer space have abducted much of the human race and are planning on using their flesh for intergalactic hamburger meat! It seems humanoids are the newest taste sensation all throughout the galaxy. Now, our heroes, with the aid of the city's one surviving human, are on a mission to save Earth from these extraterrestrials' fiendish plot--in the bloodiest, slapstick-iest, most outlandish ways imaginable.

BAD TASTE took four years, a shoestring budget, and a tiny devoted cast and crew to complete. Shooting took place mainly on weekends, while the amateurs tended to their daily lives the rest of the week. The unmitigated commitment the crew had towards the production of the film really shows, as they all must've given their utmost towards not just getting the movie complete, but making it look spectacular. Jackson's camera-work and special effects are nothing short of mind-blowing, and the fast-paced editing really gives this 16mm wonder a big-budget, professional look while still maintaining a goofy, campy feel.

Sure, the acting may be a bit over-the-top, and the meandering script does seem largely improvised, but these "shortcomings" only add to the picture's fun, crazy atmosphere, helping to make it even funnier. The soundtrack is oftentimes a little overbearing and awkward as well, but again, it doesn't in any way detract from the overall enjoyment of the film. All in all, if you're a fan of gore movies, alien romps, or just good ol' fashioned black comedy, then you don't want to miss BAD TASTE. Just make sure you have the stomach for it, or it might just get torn out and eaten!


42 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is the movie poster on this site censored? Barf_Vader
Has Bad Taste fallen into public domain? leinpr
Thanks to Google Video cs_weaver
Scenes that connect to LOTR... alvintiamy
the car frank drives? mrswebster9847
Any news of Bad Taste 2 danmcken
Discuss Bad Taste (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?