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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

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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

Director Peter Jackson shot the film on weekends over a four-year period with friends playing the lead roles. Jackson funded most of the film himself until towards the end of the shoot when the New Zealand Film Commission gave him money to finish his project after being impressed with what he'd already produced. There was never a script for the movie; each scene was filmed from ideas the director had come up with during the week. See more »

Goofs

After Derek jumps on top of the lead Alien with a chainsaw, the chainsaw falls to the ground between the Alien's legs. The camera pans back to the Alien who does not move, however in the next shot the chainsaw has moved a few feet away. See more »

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Derek: Eat lead sucker!
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R2 DVD release bears the warning, "People of a weak disposition should not watch this feature" 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 »


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Composed and Performed by Madlight
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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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