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3.0 out of 5 stars Peter Jackson's debut is a cult classic, April 11, 2006
This review is from: Bad Taste (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. It is a film that really shows you what a great talent Jackson is, because this movie is a lot better than films that have a 50 million budget these days.

This is a definite addition to the library of any fan of low-budget, crappy-acting, gore-filled horror films of the 80s. It is only a plus that the director happens to be one of the most talented men in Hollywood these days.
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