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Peter Jackson's Bad Taste
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Could a title be any more direct? New Zealand maverick Peter Jackson made a splash (well, more of a splatter) with this film debut, a slapstick gross-out comedy about an alien fast-food franchise that turns a small town into a cheap source of meat. All that stands in the extraterrestrials' way is the Alien Investigation Defense Service (yes, it's a tasteless gag), a bunch of would-be Rambos who take on the aliens with axes, rocket launchers, and chainsaws. Jackson mines vomit jokes, dismembered corpses, and brain-spattering gore for over-the-top laughs and succeeds with inventive low-budget effects, crack timing, and sheer exuberance. Not bad for a film made on weekends with homemade props and a bunch of energetic mates. Jackson topped himself a few years later with the even more outrageous and hilarious bloody gut-buster Dead Alive.
The limited-edition two-disc set also includes the documentary featurette "Good Taste Made Bad Taste," a revealing "making of" shot at the time of production and featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson's home-made special effects, and a 16-page booklet with cast interviews. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Peter Jackson stars as Derreck(sp?), the sadistic, snivling scientist whose four man government agency, the Alien Investigation Defense Service, has been called upon to thwart a hostile alien invasion of a small backwoods town. Jackson's Derreck is revolting and charasmatic at the same time - a truly original anti-hero. The aliens are actually employees of an intergalactic fast food chain that has just begun marketing human meat - and it is evidently delicious. Can our four heroes save the relief worker (con artist) and foil the aliens' evil plan?
There are some great gags in this movie including a Monty Pythonesque exploding sheep and a recurring joke involving Peter Jackson's character's cerebellum continually falling out, being trodden upon, and then being stuffed back in.
This is an extremely enjoyable movie. For optimal enjoyment, watch it with plenty of alchohol and a couple of friends.
Bad Taste was a sensation it was released, and it is a major cult film now. Peter Jackson's 1987 debut picture finds four alienbusters coming to a New Zealand town, where the discover the town overtaken by aliens. Of course, these aren't your everyday Sigourney Weaver aliens. Un-uh. These guys are part of the intergalatic food chain Crumb's Crunchy Delights, and all they want is some major human flesh to chew on. Hmmm ...
Being Jackson's debut, the film obviously can't meet up to later hits like Braindead (a.k.a. Dead Alive) and Lord of the Rings, but there's some talent in here yet. It seems like a backyard picture, and I suppose that's one of the reasons it's so popular. What I do know is that it's gory, entertaining, and the most digusting film I've ever seen. [7/10]
Anchor Bay has done a terrific remastering job. There isn't any grain anywhere. A flawless work. [10/10]
As all the voices in the film were dubbed after shooting, many times the words didn't meet the mouth movements. Well, Anchor Bay has - somehow - fixed this problem with its lovely DD 5.1 remix. No problem here. [10/10]
Well, if you consider the fact that it's a Limited Edition (of 50,000) an extra, then we got that here. Anchor Bay's double-disc set includes a Peter Jackson bio, the film's trailer, and a very good documentary about the film: "Good Taste Made Bad Taste". I think fans of the film will be pleased.Read more ›
BAD TASTE is a horror/comedy in the tradition of the EVIL DEAD movies, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, and RE-ANIMATOR; a quartet of commandos set up for alien activity take on an alien fast food restaurant chain whose specialty is human flesh! Along the way, the leader Derek ("I'm a Derek. Dereks don't run.") quite literally loses his brain after a nasty fall, a charity collector becomes part of the menu, heads splatter, guns go off, a sheep is blown to bits, and vomit is consumed ("I think the gruel is ready.")
BAD TASTE is the most cartoonish of the horror/comedy wave of the mid-1980's; it's like Looney Tunes with a Grand Guignol sensibility. This movie is like THE A-TEAM on acid; just imagine if those guys ever had to face alien invaders! But what appeals to me about BAD TASTE is the simplicity of the story and the execution; the special effects and the one-liners are the stars of this movie and the script and the plot are thin enough to accomodate the smirking attitude of the whole movie. A short film that slowly became something much more (an international cult classic), Peter Jackson's BAD TASTE is extremely recommended for cult horror enthusiasts, gorehounds and low-budget buffs alike!Read more ›
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Considering this took something like 3 years to film, and only on weekends, I expected continuity to be a complete mess throughout. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Johnny Rocker
Of course like everyone else I was impressed with The Lord of the Rings. (to a degree) I liked The Frightener's, and I thought Meet the Feebles was hilarious, so I thought I would... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2005 by Darth Marc
When i first got bad taste i was verry surprised at how great the packageing is , theres a holographic cover aswell as a nice plastic sleeve . what else would one expect ? Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by josh
I am a huge fan of horror/gore movies. For years I have heard about this movie with people talking about how good it is, how gory it is. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Sickness23
This movie is sick! I came extreamly close to throwing up and I have a very strong stomach! If you are looking for the sickest goriest movie out thier....this is definatly it! Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Zacc
I was pretty dissapointed by this movie. Usually I would give a little bit of leeway to a movie like this, but the movie didn't give me alot of room to for leeway. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Ben Dugan
you just can't grasp the concept that peter jackson the director of the hufffed and pufffed LORD OF THE RINGS movies made this great little gory cheeeeeesy laugh fest! Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by creatureart
This is one of the funniest movies i have ever seen. it's chock-full of slapstick-gore-comedy and some things that are just generally funny ("I'm a derek, derek's don't run."). Read morePublished on March 21 2004
I have seen some bad and cheesy movies, but this is just plain crap. I would rather get a bad case of crotch-rot(again) before watching this turd of a movie again.Published on March 16 2004 by Rico the Spanish tree farmer
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