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Peter Jackson's Bad Taste

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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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  • Actors: Costa Botes, Graham Butcher, Michael Gooch, Peter Gooch, Robin Griggs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z1GI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,633 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Peter Jackson's Bad Taste" on IMDb

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Kelly VINE VOICE on June 11, 2009
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Chandler on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam Craig on 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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