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Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Bastards Have Landed! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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. 8 years later Peter Jackson would work with Dee Wallace (who plays Mary) in The Frighteners (1996) and later collaborate with Spielberg in The Adventures of Tintin (2011) See more »

Goofs

When the boys are getting kitted up in the forest to rescue Giles, even though there's supposed to be nobody for miles, through the trees in the background you can clearly see cars driving along a busy road. See more »

Quotes

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

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

Connections

Spoofs Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

BAD TASTE
Composed by Mike Minett and Dave Hamilton
Performed by The Remnants
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Truly amazing no-budget splatterfest.
14 November 2002 | by CowmanSee 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!


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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

21 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

NZD200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1989 video release) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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