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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.


Peter Jackson


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


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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Human meat for intergalactic hamburgers See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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New Zealand


English | Maori

Release Date:

June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mal gusto See more »


Box Office


NZD 200,000 (estimated)
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| (1989 video release) | (DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Craig Smith was part of the original cast and was married and then divorced within the four-year time frame it took to make the film. Because most of the filming took place on weekends, he found himself written out because his new wife - a devout Christian - objected to him working on Sundays. Smith was written back into the film when he got divorced. See more »


When Derek closes the flap of his skull the second time just before he ties his belt around his head, his hands are upside-down. If he were reaching around to the back of his own head his thumbs would be on the bottom. They are on the top. See more »


Derek: The headshot's the only true stopper.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In Germany, apart from the uncut version (which is banned from public sale to minors) there is a version cut down to a "FSK 18" rating. It leaves out most of the violence and is cut by approximately 7 minutes. See more »


Referenced in A Perfect Getaway (2009) See more »


Composed by Mike Minett and Dave Hamilton
Performed by The Remnants
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Your stomach will be churning!
25 November 2005 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Aliens have landed on earth led by Lord Crumb, with the intention of selling mankind as hamburger meat to their intergalactic buddies. So we are now added to their menu, though the earth's government issues a full-scale alert and calls in "The Boys"- Frank, Oz, Barry and Derek to take care of the problem. Can they stop Lord Crumb turning the human race into "Crumb's Country Delights" or will "The Boys" meet the same fate as mankind. In all this leads up to bloody showdown between the two sides, literally.

Peter Jackson's roughly made cult classic "Bad Taste" is purely vulgar trash, but hey that's its charm. A lot blood and guts went into this production, do I need to say more. There's no real purpose, or story behind this shamble or better put madness. It's all about grossing you out with a huge excess of cheesy gore, sick humour and outrageous violence. Yummy! And to think I was going to eat dinner while watching it. Sure it's incredibly dumb and tatty, but this is one of those films that its so bad that its good entertainment. It looked like they had a great time making the film, and it definitely shows on screen. Well, the conviction was there since it took Jackson and his pals four years to make this low-budget splatter and the crew had a whole a lot things to do other than one particular role. Like Peter Jackson who directed, co-written, acted, edited, cinematography and did the special effects. From that it surely does deserve its strong cult status.

Everything about it boarders on farcical, the performances are truly uninspired, or they are just too damn relaxed. It's hard to say if they were mocking themselves as its like they just read the script for the first time and putting no real effort in their lines. Maybe the dialogue was made up on the spot? And those thick accents, well they came across as drongos (excuse the Australian slang) using a lot bad pun and wit. Although, the memorable fashion statements, takes the cake. Camera work is totally sluggish, the soundtrack is pumping for all different moods and there's nice dummy, uh I mean stunt work. The film is filled with a terrible amount of clichés and homage's, but the thrills are top grade. You get over-the-top gung-ho action with brain splattering and body parts flying everywhere! These moments are hilariously set-up in a twisted slapstick way. Although, the winner of this film is the repulsive gore and decent alien make-up and effects. Which is a big contrast to the pleasantly lush New Zealand scenery!

This deliberately idiotic feature mixes gore and comedy to great effect. Highly amusing, but definitely not for the faint hearted or squeamish!

Jackson went onto to make two more wicked cult films after this, the grotesque "Braindead" and the overly filthy "Meet the Feebles". If you dig this film, you might as well check out those films too.

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