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A Great and Disgusting Time! (4.5 stars),
This review is from: Bad Taste (Limited Edition) (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.
As I said in the beginning, it's not recommended for people with weak stomachs. Sure, it was made on a low budget, but the special effects are still disgusting enough to make you feel sick if you're not up for it. You also have to not take this seriously. If you try to take it seriously, then you will loathe every second. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the chaotic freak show. The limited DVD edition offers a really neat changing-cover. The picture and sound is as good as it can get (the sound is the real prize, allowing you to hear all the squishy-squishy joy of blood and brains splattering all over the place!). Special features include the theatrical trailer and a making-of documentary.
"Bad Taste" is for anyone who has a sick and twisted sense of humor, and who is in the mood for something extremely goofy. I think Peter Jackson should revisit the genera again in the near future, as he really shines in it with this movie. I'm sure he has a lot of fun with it, too. Again, not recommended for the weak, but if you're looking for all the blood and guts you can handle while laughing at the same time, it's all right here. A great gem that is bound to entertain you over and over again. -Michael Crane
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2008 5:34:05 PM PDT
Karen Shaub says:
Oh, if only all those people who swooned over his Tolkein films could just see what REALLY goes on Peter Jackson's warped brain! Tee-hee! You didn't mention that he played one of the lead roles, that of Derek, and that he did those special effects you loved so much, himself.
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