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Peter Jackson's Bad Taste (1989)

Costa Botes , Graham Butcher  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Costa Botes, Graham Butcher, Michael Gooch, Peter Gooch, Robin Griggs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Import
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z1GI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Peter Jackson's Bad Taste" on IMDb

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Bad Taste, released in 1987, is a cult action comedy/sci-fi splatter film. Produced on a low budget, it is the first film directed by Peter Jackson. The film features Jackson and his friends taking a number of key roles, both on and off-screen. The plotli

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great and Disgusting Time! (4.5 stars) September 18, 2004
Format:DVD
Peter Jackson's directorial debut, "Bad Taste," is a hilariously good time involving a whole lot of blood, guts, brains, the chugging of vomit and tons of laughs. Done in the true slapstick-horror fashion, this is a disgusting and pleasantly demented flick that refuses to take itself seriously. It's over-the-top in every way, and that's what makes it so fun to watch. It's not recommended for people with weak stomachs, but people looking for carnage and laughs will feel right at home with this.

It doesn't have the most scientific or complex plot, but why should it? It involves aliens from another planet that are disguised as humans--acting more like zombies, but they move a lot faster and are handy with automatic weapons. The aliens are here for one thing only... hamburger meat--made from humans! They have already completely massacred an entire town and plan to do the same to the rest of the world! Now, it's up to a couple of goofball assassins to save humanity and take these extra-terrestrial psychos head on... God help us all!

This was everything I was hoping it would be. It's completely over-the-top, ridiculous and a real gross-out event. What more could you want? This isn't a movie where you're looking for brilliant acting or directing. You just want to enjoy yourself. The movie is purposely goofy, as it is never afraid to make fun of itself in many ways. The best way I can describe this is it's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" meets "The Evil Dead." It's not scary, but since it is slapstick-horror it doesn't really need to be. Considering how low of a budget Jackson and company had, it has some pretty cool and disgusting special effects. I could never make something like this, that much is for sure.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
enough people have reviewed the merits of the movie, I just want to let people know, this particular listing (ASIN: B00004Z1GI ), as of the date of this review, is described by amazon as the 2-disc special edition. It's not. It's a cheapo single disc release by an obscure company, and it pretty much looks like it was transferred from a VHS tape in full screen. Definitely not worth the listed price of 17.99.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Definitive Cult Classic July 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Absolutely crazy horror comedy and Peter Jackson's (who is now busy making 'Lord of the Rings')debut movie. Gore and blood abound as 'The Boys' are called in to get rid of an alien menace killing townspeople to use them as the latest fast-food taste sensation on another planet.
At one point, one of our heroes, Derek, falls off a cliff and splits his head wide open - the rest of the time he has to wear either a hat or belt on his head to keep his brains in! Exploding sheep, aliens eating brains and vomit, 'The Boys' killing everything in site and a starship in the size of old house - this film has it all and twice over. All done with more than a hint of humour, this extremely black-comedy, blood drenched from beginning to end will make you laugh hysterically and feel a bit grossed out at the on-screen display. Directed with passion, made over four years' worth of weekends with a bunch of friends and virtually no-budget, this cult classic is essential viewing for all horror fans, especially those who enjoy cheesy humour. If you like 'Evil Dead 2' and the Monty Python films, you'll love this - watch it now!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Guts, and A Good Time August 7, 2005
By NIVEK
Format:DVD
This movie is absolutely hilarious. While definatly not for those with a weak stomach, this movie wil reward those with a dark sense of humor and those who love camp films. Peter Jackson's film just brims with a playful sense of glee, like a child given a video camera for the first time and set free to make whatever movie came to mind. Very fresh and invigorating to watch. This movie is the cure to the piles of mainstream generic fare that is sent our way. Highly recommended for those who love horror or campy underground films.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait! August 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Wait! Anchor Bay is releasing a remastered version of this film later this year. They're probably remastering it, so I'd wait and get that version.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Peter Jackson's debut is a cult classic April 11, 2006
Format:DVD
Just because I call this film a cult classic doesn't mean that it is a good film, by any means. It is amazing, though, the quality of the film considering how long it took Jackson to make it, just shooting it in the areas around his home, mostly on weekends. When it was about 3/4 done, the New Zealand Film Commission heard about it, and decided to finance it the rest of the way for this maverick, unheard of filmmaker. The result is a cheaply made, but sickly entertaining film about an alien invasion of a small town in New Zealand.

Not much is ever explained about the aliens, except for the fact that they are here to turn our race into meat for their fast food company on their planet. A group of men known only as "the boys" are sent into the town to stop the aliens from getting away, or killing more innocent civilians. The aliens have disguised themselves as humans (they aren't really capable of too much, though, they sort of run around like zombies, which makes for some great, entertaining kills). Peter Jackson even has a fairly important role, although it doesn't require much acting skill, as one of the aliens in disguise as a human. It is actually surprising how action-packed the film is. Granted, it isn't the highest quality action, but the gore in the film is totally over-the-top and ridiculous, which is all I could expect from the man who brought us Dead Alive.

This film isn't one to really remember, though. It is more of just a cult classic, I think, because of the insane fame that Peter Jackson has attained recently. There are a bunch of fans out there who loved Jackson before LOTR, regretfully I wasn't one of them (The Frighteners was the only film of his I'd seen before Fellowship). For those fans, this film will always be regarded as a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a classic
this is a great horror classic. the story is so weird and really would please any horror lover. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 days ago by Karen Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL
who would have thought that the maker of this cult classic, would have gone on to make some of the worlds most complex and beautiful films every made. Read more
Published 8 days ago by joncpickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't aliens be friendly...
Where to begin about Bad Taste? probably best to set the scene -
Human flesh is set to be the latest taste sensation to hit the galaxy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonemonkey
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Taste Indeed
No. Why? I Have Always Heard People Bring This Movie Up. It Was Nothing That I Could Enjoy At All
Published 2 months ago by AlexCC
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
Okay this movie is really bad. But in a good way. It's like the best bad movie ever you will ever see. And yes-This is from the Director that gave us Lord of the rings.
Published 3 months ago by Donna Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious action packed alien shooting extravaganza!
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The movie transfer is good and the sound has been improved by THX. Read more
Published 4 months ago by anonymous rogue
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
This print is terrible. The voice track isn't in synch with the mouth movements. Looks like a bootleg copy someone shot with an old video camera. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !
Peter Jackson at his finest. Well worth seeing where this maestro has come from. Great to see what a bunch of lads could do in their spare time.
Published 4 months ago by Dean S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Hrrrmmm...Really?
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Published 6 months ago by Herpa Derp
1.0 out of 5 stars bad quality
Bought this as a birthday gift for my husband who is a big fan of this movie and who also loves VHS tapes. upon examining the item, he discovered it was a bootleg copy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by stormysims
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