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Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Peter Jackson, Tony Hiles (additional material) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Potter Terry Potter ... Ozzy / 3rd Class Alien
Pete O'Herne Pete O'Herne ... Barry / 3rd Class Alien
Craig Smith ... Giles / 3rd Class Alien
Mike Minett Mike Minett ... Frank / 3rd Class Alien
Peter Jackson ... Derek / Robert / Minister
Doug Wren Doug Wren ... Lord Crumb
Dean Lawrie ... Lord Crumb SPFX Double / 3rd Class Alien
Peter Vere-Jones ... Lord Crumb (voice)
Ken Hammon Ken Hammon ... 3rd Class Alien
Robin Griggs Robin Griggs ... 3rd Class Alien
Michael Gooch Michael Gooch ... 3rd Class Alien
Peter Gooch Peter Gooch ... 3rd Class Alien
Laurie Yarrall Laurie Yarrall ... 3rd Class Alien
Shane Yarrall Shane Yarrall ... 3rd Class Alien
Philip Lamey Philip Lamey ... 3rd Class Alien
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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

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Watch out Aliens... ... here comes Derek! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mal gusto See more »

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Budget:

NZD 200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (1989 video release) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

While the original VHS box artwork had the alien flipping the middle finger, tapes distributed to US video rental stores were provided with an extra finger that could be glued in place to make it look like it was making a "peace" sign instead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank: This isn't gonna be another false alarm like the Manor Street invasion over there, is it?
Derek: Well, how do you explain the disappearance of an entire township, Frank? Oh! The Kiwi Jonestown, of course, that's it! Drinking beer laced with cyanide from little polystyrene cups.
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Instead of standard disclaimer: Any similarity with persons living or dead is an accident. Sorry See more »

Alternate Versions

In Australia the 1988 VHS release was cut by 1 minute. It wasn't until 2004 when the film was re-released on DVD did Australia get to see the film uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Valley of the Stereos (1992) See more »

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BAD TASTE
Composed by Mike Minett and Dave Hamilton
Performed by The Remnants
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'You put a bad taste in my mouth...'
19 July 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Before Peter Jackson went on to huge success with A-list Hollywood films he was quite the horror film director (just watch Dead Alive!) and this ultra low-budget flick was his cinematic debut.

A half-baked group of 'agents' must save the world when some aliens arrive to harvest humans for their fast food chain.

From the premise alone one can tell that this flick is very campy, and rather darkly funny too! Jackson essentially made Bad Taste over a series of weekends, using his own friends for the cast and crew. Needless to say it's very low-budget, and it looks it, but in the end the cheap FX only heighten the sense of absurdity and comedy that makes this movie so damn amusing! One thing that young Jackson does well though is produce some great gore FX. As with his later gem Dead Alive (1992) there's plenty of blood flying in this early film too. It also has a number of memorable comical gags and everything is wildly over the top.

Bad Taste is just as crazy as it sounds, but comes off all the more an entertaining riot because of it. A real cult classic.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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