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Bad Taste [VHS]

Terry Potter , Pete O'Herne , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett, Peter Jackson
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Ken Hammon, Tony Hiles
  • Producers: Peter Jackson
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 4front
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R65V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,675 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alien invasion spoof, not for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached. A large group of aliens led by Lord Crumb land on Earth to collect their planet's delicacy - humans. But the Alien Invasion Defence Service is in waiting, prepared to stop them gathering their harvest. Directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson, who has since helmed the horror spoofs 'Braindead' and 'The Frighteners'.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're lucky, you might get a chunky bit... 21 Jan 2006
Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson's first commercial movie release was made on a minuscule budget and with more than a little help from his friends, not to mention mum and dad. It is undeniably a crudely amateurish zombie-populated gore-fest, in the nascent gross-out style that Jackson would push to its ultimate gory conclusion in his more polished next release - the truly inspired Braindead.
The plot of Bad Taste is recycled from umpteen corny old American B movies from the middle of the last century - aliens have landed in a remote part of the country, with the aim of exploiting humanity for nefarious ends. A small group of humans cotton onto what's happening and set out to save planet Earth.
The standard of acting is hardly Oscar material; the dozen or so actors (no actresses!) are recycled time and time again; the sound and soundtrack are very basic and the special effects are mostly crude and ridiculous. So why does it work and why has Bad Taste acquired such cult status? Quite simply because it is incredibly entertaining! The outrageous visual gags and often inspired one-liners (delivered in deadpan manner more often than not) provide a whole series of laugh-out-loud moments. Some of my favourites being the ongoing effects of Derek's (Jackson) traumatic head injury, the machine-gun firing literally through the body (didn't Jeunet pinch that idea in Alien 4?), the aliens dropping out of the tree in great number following a volley of shots from one of our heroes, Robert's (Jackson again) throat-cutting gag, the serving of the "gruel" (I defy anyone not to feel queasy the first time they see that!) and, of course, the gross-out "born-again" final sequence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its bad taste but its a bloody good film. 27 Sep 2005
Bad Taste is one of the most entertaining action movies I've ever seen. Its cool, funny, gory and highly entertaining that is hard not to like. The music is great and re-memorable (many movies arent.) The low budget effects are great and you start to realize that the crew had to go through years of filming to create this movie. So a lot of hard work was done to make this movie.
The movie is a little slow in parts but can easily be forgiven by the amount of action that happens later in the movie. The actors are great the atmosphere of the film is great and the movie itself is extremly good fun.
Defiently one of Peter Jackson's bests. Why did he ever make Lord of the Rings apart from the big money? We'll never know but one thing we do know is Bad Taste is an enjoyable film and who needs LOTR when you got Jackson's horror comedies.
Watch Bad Taste and you'll see how good movies were before big budget effects.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars open season on ETs 12 Feb 2006
yes you know all about peter jackson and how's he's gone on to cgi masterpieces (though i haven't seen 'king kong'). and no doubt you have some idea of the plot; new zealand's answer to aliens' marines ("i wish we'd change that name") find there are aliens amongst them, and deal with them accordingly.
so what about it then? well it's silly, gory and incredibly good fun - defo one done made specifically for (and starring) him and his mates. as well as the gore (though not to the same extent as 'braindead', which i found tough to stomach at first sitting) there's some incredibly banal and funny civil-service type dialogue as our four heroes muddle their way through things - "that's elevator music for headbangers". its the little touches that make this film so special - the aliens in the car, the numerous amusing deaths and gung-ho dialogue ("i know, and i've got another one right here"). and of course it features one of my favourite scenes as an alien realises that a) he's out of ammo and b) he's very shortly going to be out of luck, but c) he still has a few handy pine cones lying around. brilliant change in facial expressions if nothing else. ah, the things we find funny...
the acting was for me never much of an issue, but one bad thing about the film is derek's character being just plain irritating before he has his accident. and while i appreciate a certain reviewer's comments about the package quality, there's no way this is getting less than 5 stars. and yes, one day i do intend to get a clapped out ford capri with that car stereo setup...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut Feature 19 Mar 2003
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"Bad Taste" originally started off as a film short after director Peter Jackson bought his first Bolex film camera. The funding from his job at a New Zealand newspaper paved the way for bizarre creature creations, and uses his friends from work as cast. Shot around a small town in NZ on 16mm celluloid, "Bad Taste" delivers in both gore and comedy, making it a cult classic after Jackson took it to the Cannes Film Festival; after completing post-production on the film via the New Zealand Film Council. The film, best watched late-night with a beer in hand, takes a look at what to expect from cannabalistic aliens intent on chopping up humans and shipping them out to different parts of the galaxy to use in extra-terrestrial fast-food chains. Earth's government call in "The Boys" to take out the intergalactic invaders and settle them good and for all. The overall cost of the film mounted to somewhere around $20,000 after the feature was completed; taking it to Cannes and then selling it to different countries, soon giving Jackson a cult persona. The effects on show are of genuine worth - you can see they are fake but the blood rushes so thick and the brains splatter so realistically that you will be left gagging. Jackson created the gory effects with his kitchen blender and stacks of meat (when one of "The Boys" steps on a chunk of flesh near the begginning of the film, you can see it's clearly a piece of steak.) It took Jackson a few years to make the film - and takes up two credits in it (Derek and Robert) - and three and more behind it (director, writer, make-up etc.) Most debut features are made specifically for the director, to be aware of what he is capable of and to pave the way of experience. Jackson brought to his debut feature more than that, with past short film experience to his name. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fast delivery and came in good quality condition. good movie experience
Published 1 day ago by adam miller
5.0 out of 5 stars We've been invaded by alien w*****s
Aliens Have secretly invaded earth, and it's up to Derek and his mates to save the planet from a fast food related extinction !
Published 5 months ago by Russ Nutter
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband
This was for my husband who loves gorey films. This is no exception. I did not like it but I am not a fan of horror but he loved it.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs K Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Jackson's best ever film... bar none...
Jackson's debut film and without a shadow of a doubt is still his greatest work. It all went downhill for Jackson after this...
Published 7 months ago by Harold Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began
Peter Jackson made his name with Lord of The Rings, but don't forget how he started. Made with a limited budget with friends, a funny, bloody, "B" movie comedy horror. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nigel Brumby
5.0 out of 5 stars best film ever made lol
CANT BEAT A BIT OF GORE !!! this film took 4 years to make and u'll see Barry s hair reseed more and more through out the film lol. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Taste 1989 DVD
Oh my God I love this film. This film is brilliant! The acting is well done, the story is funny and done great as well as the gore. OMG the gore! Read more
Published 11 months ago by oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars Tongue in cheek horror Peter Jackson style
Remember renting this from my local vidoe store many years ago, and it stuck in my memory hence the reason for this purchase - I wasn't disappointed on rewatching all these years... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars film
silly but right up my street.replacement for video which has worn out. pity he did not make more of the same
Published 12 months ago by P. A. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic
This is a cult film at its best. Even if its not your thing you have to at least watch it once. Funny and gory. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rhonay
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