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Bad Taste

Bad Taste (1987)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 7

Peter Jackson's early low-budget shocker boasts a disgusting premise - aliens harvesting humans for fast food - that gives the budding auteur plenty of room for gross-out visuals and absurd cleverness.

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Critic Reviews: 1
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Peter Jackson's early low-budget shocker boasts a disgusting premise - aliens harvesting humans for fast food - that gives the budding auteur plenty of room for gross-out visuals and absurd cleverness.



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Extraterrestrial fast-food franchisers come to earth to pick up food supplies-in this case, human flesh. After wiping out a few small towns, the aliens must contend with a team of government assassins, headed by Pete O'Herne. As the plot rolls on, O'Herne's crew is decimated in as gory a manner as possible, and innocent bystander Craig Smith ends up being marinated (and a darned good job it is). Turns out that the space folks are running on a timetable; they've got to return to their home planet


Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Aug 6, 2002

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (7) | DVD (17)

A climatic rebirth-by-chainsaw scene almost makes it all worthwhile, though you may have had to visit the bathroom once or twice in the wait.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Divertido em seu humor descompromissado, este trash faz rir, mas não oferece o menor indício do virtuoso cineasta que Jackson se tornaria.

November 6, 2005
Cinema em Cena

I miss Peter Jackson in his ultra low-budget horror mode. He always looked like he was having fun. Not half as good as Dead Alive, but still a hoot.

October 20, 2005

Jackson does it all in this movie: writes, directs, stars, produces, and designs the makeup.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Fun, though the title couldn't be more apt.

February 4, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

It certainly makes good on its title.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source:

The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's debut is rather aptly named. Its crudity has more to do with Sam Raimi than Tolkein, but there's a wonderfully sophomoric enthusiasm that keeps it interesting.

November 3, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

It warms the heart to know that the creator of this insanity went on to win the Oscar.

October 3, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

[Bad Taste will] probably work best when watched with an enthusiastic group, and a copious amount of alcohol on standby.

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Goofball gore flick that deservedly put Peter Jackson on the map!

August 4, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

An Ok start for a good director

August 1, 2002 | Comments (2)

Paucity of budget, however, cannot hide boundless creativity, true filmmaking style or gobs and gobs of in-your-face homemade gore and grue.

July 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Absolutely insane, irretrievably disgusting, and joyously covered in gore. It ain't "Dead Alive," but it's a whole lot of wet, drippy fun.

July 27, 2002

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May 7, 2013
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Super Reviewer

Peter Jackson should had done other trash film instead The Lovely Bones.
September 6, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I have never understood and probably never will understand the fascination with this movie. It gets another star just for being so awful its actually watchable, which I think was the point of making it to begin with.
July 17, 2011
Unknown Hobo

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Mr 'Lord of the Rings' Jackson directs and stars in this gloriously tacky yet extremely gory sci-fi spoof cum comedy as one of a bunch of rather ugly fat aliens in human disguise trying to capture humans for their fast food chain...yes.

Sounds like a sketch from the mind of Terry Gilliam and Monty Python and it actually plays like it too to be honest, its very wacky and over the top with really gut wrenching deaths and mutilations on show but they are so extreme they become comical. As for production, what production? lol! talk about minimal!! the whole film is hand held cam with the film looking like a home movie made by your uncle at Christmas when he's had too much to drink bahahahaha!
Everything is done on the mega cheap and clearly allot of help from friends who got nothing for their work...for the love of their project for sure. The only thing that does look quite good are the rather unnerving alien masks, pretty fake looking of course yet somehow eerie, abit like something from 'Naked Lunch' maybe, the films cover always had a kind of 'video nasty' feel to it, or maybe that's just me.

The end of the film is a nonstop gun fest with death all around and major claret on show hehe good use of weapons too by the looks of things, some definite training would of been required there I reckon unless they knew how to handle weaponry already. Totally bizarre plot mixed with a cheap as chips film that almost puts you off watching at first as its so basic yet a good example of guerrilla type filming with very little to work with.
May 14, 2011

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    1. Lord Crumb Alien Leader: Wankers.
    – Submitted by Directors C (11 months ago)
    1. Derek/Robert: I'm born again!
    – Submitted by Jakob S (17 months ago)
    1. Derek/Robert: I'm a Derek and Dereks don't run!
    – Submitted by Stephen N (22 months ago)
    1. Derek/Robert: Next time they'll hit something bigger... Wellington... Christchurch...
    2. Barry/3rd Class Alien: Auckland?
    3. Derek/Robert: Well, that wouldn't be so bad...
    – Submitted by Jakoporeeno J (2 years ago)
    1. Ozzy/3rd Class Alien: Good one!
    – Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
    1. Derek/Robert: Eat this shithead!
    – Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)
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