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Worth A Look: 9.68%
Average: 3.23%
Pretty Bad: 6.45%
Total Crap: 9.68%

1 review, 25 user ratings

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Bad Taste
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by Rob Gonsalves

"I'll take this over 'King Kong' any day."
5 stars

The fact that Peter Jackson, the director of this cheerfully repulsive alien-cannibal comedy, went on to win multiple Oscars fifteen years later is one of the finer ironies of Academy history.

It certainly makes good on its title. Ravenous extra-terrestrials (“No glowing fingers on these bastards,” growls Jackson as Derek, member of the Astral Investigation and Defense Service) land in New Zealand, assume human form, and commence converting the locals into fast food. It’s up to our boys in the A.I.D.S. to put a stop to it.

Twenty-two when he first began shooting this on weekends in 1983, Jackson scraped together $400,000, gathered friends from his newspaper job, and shot in 16mm, doing half of everything himself. Here, Jackson inaugurated the style of “splatstick” (partly inspired by such sanguinary Monty Python sketches as “Sam Peckinpah’s Salad Days”) that would serve him well later. At the time, Jackson said he didn’t want to presume to the thrones of Sam Raimi, George Romero, or Stuart Gordon; but in Bad Taste he outsplats all three, crafting the ultimate “Bunch of Guys Set Out to Make the Grossest, Coolest Movie Ever” project.

Like Raimi, Jackson was never a horror director so much as a comedy director — even the most disgusting passages (“Aren’t I lucky,” beams an alien as he sucks down a bowl of steaming vomit, “I got a chunky bit”) and scenes of ultra-violence are timed for laughs, not shock.

I want this Peter Jackson back. The Peter Jackson who could make a fun, short movie for peanuts. Don't you?

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User Comments

12/10/17 M Scott disgusting and stupid 1 stars
11/25/08 chrisso best filum of ALL time.You need to understand Kiwi huomour 5 stars
1/09/06 Steven Lewis Jackson's underrated horror comedy really shows how genious he can be. 5 stars
1/13/05 Tom Benton Overrated debut pic from "Rings" director Pete Jackson ... it has its moments ... 3 stars
12/19/04 damo classic, hilarious, awesome 5 stars
12/13/04 mrs ishy An absolute classic. 5 stars
8/17/04 StümpA great movie! the cheapness brings the charme 5 stars
5/05/04 dead next door better than that lord of the ring bullshit. 5 stars
1/24/04 Elena i understand the cheapness makes it better but lets face it, it's still garbage 2 stars
11/30/03 john one of the funniest movies I have seen 5 stars
9/04/03 Gray this is the work of an artist in training who's not yet an artist 4 stars
6/23/03 Nevz Cheap horror spoof. Cool. 5 stars
6/04/03 Mike One of the funniest movies ever! 5 stars
5/09/03 Julian Quantrill If Jackson had kept to films like this he would be a living legend! 5 stars
4/17/03 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik This guy did LOTR!?!?! 5 stars
1/14/03 Vitality1 Peter Jackson is one messed-up dude. I liked this better than Meet the Feebles though. 4 stars
12/18/02 Charles Tatum Gross, but in a good way 5 stars
11/27/02 Film Dude Jackson RULES. 5 stars
6/09/02 Kyle Andreas... did you see the movie or not? 5 stars
2/28/02 Alan Smithee Watch out for exploding sheep! 4 stars
11/20/01 Chris K. Peter Jackson, you are a GREAT DIRECTOR! Better than that fag Steven Speilberg! 5 stars
8/14/01 Fuad Ramses Brilliant! 5 stars
7/15/01 officer 412/l Pretty lame stuff. But some people actualy like it. 2 stars
7/01/01 Andreas I have dont seen the film but i like the film!!!! 1 stars
6/21/01 Pit bull The biggest load of bull**** I have seen for a long time 1 stars
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  02-Dec-1987 (NR)



Directed by
  Peter Jackson

Written by
  Peter Jackson

  Terry Potter
  Pete O'Herne
  Craig Smith
  Mike Minett
  Doug Wren
  Peter Jackson

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