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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.


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Terry Potter ...
Ozzy / 3rd Class Alien
Pete O'Herne ...
Barry / 3rd Class Alien
Giles / 3rd Class Alien
Mike Minett ...
Frank / 3rd Class Alien
Derek / Robert / Minister
Doug Wren ...
Lord Crumb
Lord Crumb SPFX Double / 3rd Class Alien
Lord Crumb (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
Costa Botes ...
3rd Class Alien
Graham Butcher ...
3rd Class Alien
Bob Haliburton ...
3rd Class Alien
Andrew McKay ...
3rd Class Alien
Clive Haywood ...
3rd Class Alien
John McTavish ...
3rd Class Alien
John Nelson ...
3rd Class Alien
Graham Nesbitt ...
3rd Class Alien
Steven Smith ...
3rd Class Alien
John Logan Jr. ...
3rd Class Alien
Matt Noonan ...
3rd Class Alien
Cameron Chittock ...
3rd Class Alien
Ray Battersby ...
3rd Class Alien
Mike Appleby ...
3rd Class Alien
Peter Appleby ...
3rd Class Alien
Michael Kane ...
3rd Class Alien (as Mike Kane)
Robert Johnston ...
3rd Class Alien
Scott Bradshaw ...
3rd Class Alien
Mark Lamey ...
3rd Class Alien
Giles Forrest ...
3rd Class Alien
Grant Taylor ...
3rd Class Alien
Carol Taylor ...
3rd Class Alien
Dean Taylor ...
3rd Class Alien
Kim Taylor ...
3rd Class Alien
Dave Hamilton ...
3rd Class Alien
Jock Fyfe ...
3rd Class Alien
Tony Hiles ...
3rd Class Alien / Coldfinger
John Ruby ...
3rd Class Alien
Kerry Underhill ...
3rd Class Alien
Robin Watene ...
3rd Class Alien
Garry A. Brown ...
3rd Class Alien (as Garry Brown)
Mark Jackson ...
3rd Class Alien
Peter Henderson ...
3rd Class Alien
Janine Riely ...
3rd Class Alien
Margaret Byford ...
3rd Class Alien

Directed by

Peter Jackson

Written by

Peter Jackson ... (written by)
Tony Hiles ... (additional material) &
Ken Hammon ... (additional material)

Produced by

Tony Hiles ... consulting producer
Peter Jackson ... producer

Music by

Michelle Scullion
Jay Snowfield ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Peter Jackson

Film Editing by

Peter Jackson
Jamie Selkirk

Editorial Department

Matt Noonan ... assistant editor / assistant post-production supervisor

Makeup Department

Cameron Chittock ... makeup effects assistant
Peter Jackson ... makeup effects

Art Department

Caroline Girdlestone ... art department

Sound Department

Brent Burge ... post-production sound recordist / sound mixer
Kit Rollings ... sound editor
Ken Saville ... location sound recordist / sound effects recordist
Jamie Selkirk ... sound editor

Special Effects by

Peter Jackson ... special effects

Music Department

Nigel Stone ... music recording engineer & mixer

Other crew

Grant Campbell ... car explosion
Ken Hammon ... film crew
Tony Hiles ... consultant producer
Bill Jackson ... special assistant to producer
Joan Jackson ... special assistant to producer
Arie Ketel ... graphic artist: titles
Philip Lamey ... film crew
Dean Lawrie ... film crew
Mike Minett ... film crew
Pete O'Herne ... film crew
Terry Potter ... film crew
Andy Wickens ... laboratory technician


Costa Botes ... thanks to additional assistance from
Bryce Campbell ... thanks to additional assistance from
Philip Choldcroft ... thanks to additional assistance from
Donald Duncan ... thanks to additional assistance from
Jennabeth Fuge ... thanks to additional assistance from
Christopher Hiles ... thanks to additional assistance from
Henry Jackson ... special thanks
Ron Jackson ... special thanks
Lynn Lacy ... thanks to additional assistance from
Gerald Morse ... thanks to additional assistance from
Ian Paul ... thanks to additional assistance from
Rob Pearson ... thanks to additional assistance from
David Ruck ... thanks to additional assistance from
Stephen Sinclair ... thanks to additional assistance from
Craig E. Smith ... thanks to additional assistance from
Colleen Steele ... thanks to additional assistance from
Noel Steele ... thanks to additional assistance from
Fran Walsh ... thanks to additional assistance from (as Frances Walsh)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines One thing the aliens hadn't counted on was Derek, and Dereks don't run! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Roast of the Day (New Zealand, English title)
  • Bad Taste (Mal gusto) (Spain)
  • Mal gusto (Bad Taste) (Spain)
  • Mal gusto (Spain)
  • Mal gust (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 91 min
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Budget NZD200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 When Derek hits the rocks, you can see a crew member throw a bucket of blood, and you can see two hands throw the legs over the rocks. You have to use slow motion to see. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Good Taste Made Bad Taste (1988). See more »
Soundtracks ROCK LIES See more »
Crazy Credits Instead of standard disclaimer: Any similarity with persons living or dead is an accident. Sorry See more »
Quotes Derek: I'm a Derek and Dereks don't run!
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