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Bad Taste (import)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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. Each of the gory set-pieces are strung together by some amusing dialogue and the paying of cheeky homage to everything from The Professionals, Doctor Who and Mad Max to The Waltons (yes, really!).
Not everything works, sure. I felt some of the shoot-out and pursuit sequences were a tad laboured and some of the gags struck me as very laddish in-jokes that only Jackson and his chums would guffaw at (I mean, what gives with the cardboard cut-out Beatles???) but just put it down to inspired lunacy and, rest assured that Jackson's inspired scattergun technique guarantees that the viewer will never have to wait too long for the next belly-laugh to appear.
Bad Taste is not as good as Braindead, but it still provides a lot of entertainment and is bound to appeal to those of you who love tongue-in-cheek horrors in the Evil Dead genre. Perfect leave-your-brain-at-home fare after a few beers with your mates, but I'd skip the "chunky bit" if you're planning to enjoy a meal shortly afterwards!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2002
This is a great movie, the first full length feature film to be directed by Peter Jackson - the director behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Not only did he direct it, he also starred in it as TWO of the major characters and funded much of the film with his own money. This film was made on a VERY low budget, which shows, but it's still a superb movie.
The plot revolves around a group of none-too-bright aliens who have landed on earth and are planning to sell the human race as fast food on their home planet. Earth's first line of defence against these evil extra terrestrials is "THE BOYS": Oz, Frank, Barry and thier klutzy leader Derek (Played by Peter Jackson himself).
"The one thing the aliens hadn't counted on was Derek...and Dereks don't run!"
The battle between The Boys and the aliens is very bloody and very funny. This film is very gory indeed and is not suitable for younger audiences, but the violence is more slapstick than anything else. If you have seen Peter Jackson's third movie "Braindead" (AKA "Dead Alive") then you will find this film has a very similar brand of humour.
This film is the ultimate in "Gross-out" humour and I suggest you see it if you have the opportunity. If you liked Braindead, BUY THIS VIDEO RIGHT NOW! I would also recommend this film to anyone who likes Zombie films.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2003
"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. "Bad Taste" is a classic; both in the way it's made and the way it looks. The acting may be terrible at times, but that's the way it sometimes goes. Now with many more gory horror comedies to his name, Jackson (or PJ as he's known to his mates) is working on Lord Of The Rings. The third film is due out this year and rumour has it he's going to be planning an adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," with, as he's said he would like to do, a sequel to "Bad Taste." Overall, "Bad Taste" is worth the money to hardened film fans like myself, who doesn't hate films that aren't just blockbusters. There is only one down side - when Peter Jackson made this film, it would have been wise to use his earler 8mm film camera to produce a making of. That would have been extremely valuable.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2003
Sorry to be awkward, but lets review the DVD, not just the film.
Let us ignore for a moment that the film is one of the most overlooked gems of the horror genre, let us forget that Jackson went to extreme lengths to realise his vision on the most basic of equipment, let us gloss over the fact that this film packs more ideas into one minute than most horror films with 100x the budget manage in their entire duration.
The sad fact is that the DVD package does not give the film one green pukey ounce of justice. Where is the making of docu (I've seen it, I know it exists), where are the out-takes, the bloopers, the Jackson commentary ("Gee the first half is too slow, I wish I'd cut back on the dialogue").
Jackson knows what his fans want. Wait until whatever contractual ball-and-chain has elapsed and wait until he releases the DVD package we deserve.
And by the way, if you have never seen this film, rent it tonight. You don't know what you are missing.
"I'm a Derek, and Dereks don't run!"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2003
You know, the first time I watch this film,I was sitting with my nan. In the first five minutes some zombie which looked like in fact an escape convict, had has head blown off by a rather nerdish government agent. Well, I fell in love with the film straight away and my nan went off in disgust to do the rest of the ironing. Cheesey special effects, bad script and acting like everyone had just done a Claims Direct advertisment, all the elements are here for a tour de force, cult respective and very admiral first directing job from Peter Jackson (who of course we know went on to bigger and better things). If you're a fan of the Evil Dead genre, then you're not gonna do any worst than this. By the way, a note to the more squirmish of you out there. If watching someone drink vomit isn't your bag, then look up Lilo and Stitch. HH
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2004
What a debut from Peter Jaackson, the man that 12 years later would be working on the epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Saw this fil when I was about 10 and me and my friends tended to watch it rather a lot of times due to its intensely comic value and mixture of gore, brians and aliens
Classic lines such as 'Derek's don't run', classic acting and classic aliens in their blue shirts lead to an entertaining film, if not really one for the whole family.
Don't be put off by the alien storyline, it really is extremely funny.
However, if you really want a quality film, check out Braindead (Dead/Alive) also by Petr Jackson, which is even better
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on 4 August 2013
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! The gore on this movie is amazing lots of shooting, stabbing and chopping however the blood effect is quite bad but it does not matter because it is from 1989, so a brilliant movie and I cant wait to get Braindead soon. When I get it I will do a review on it and we will also see if its better then Bad Taste. Do I think it will be better? It would be very hard for Braindead to beat Bad Taste but it definitely has a high chance so would I recommend it - definitely and I would also recommend Braindead if you have seen Bad Taste and you liked it.
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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 later! OK the script, acting and special effects are low rent but that only adds to the enjoyment rather than take away from it, and it's all played out with great gusto by the 'actors'. The simple storyline revolves around a unit of alien hunters being sent to a remote village to eradicate the alien population and much over the top gore results - all done in the best possible taste. Great fun, just sit back and enjoy the genius that is Peter Jackson.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2003
This film has to be one of the funniest, goriest i have seen. From exploding sheep to vomit eating this film is not for the easily grossed out.
The Plot : A group of four agents (including Derek, played by Director Peter Jackson) have to stop a group of aliens from taking over a small town and turning the humans into burgers.
Lots of blood, gore and comedy make this film a winner.
"I'm a Derek, and Derek's don't run"
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