Directed by: Peter Jackson
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Runtime: 91 Minutes
Every great director started somewhere, and for Peter Jackson, it was at a cheaply made fun horror movie. It is fun, absurd and not exactly original, but seeing Jackson acting himself is hard not to enjoy. If you are in to the gross-out kind of gore, “Bad Taste” is the movie for you. Filled with zombies and English and I believe, Australian actors, the film is a wild and strange trip.
Extra-terrestrial 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. Turns out that the space folks are running on a timetable, they have to return to their home planet with their human-hash cargo before a rival franchise puts them out of business.
Peter Jackson seems to be a fan of brain splatting action, because his third film would be “Dead Alive”, which is more violent and blood filled than this film. Some scenes we are confronted with zombies who end up getting their heads cracked open, which looks quite disgusting. It is interesting to see the roots of a great director like this and while not an outstanding film; its b-movie concept was nicely crafted. Jackson directed, produced, co-wrote and even starred in this film, which makes it a real ‘Jackson’ movie.
The acting a quite silly but nothing can really be expected. As a bunch of new and unknown actors, they were all mediocre, but very amusing with their English and Australian accents. Peter Jackson plays the nerdy Derek; it is exciting to see the young Jackson in action. It is strange how much he has changed and he looks nothing like he does in this film now.
Many of the effects were quite gross, but very amusing. The 80’s brought several zombie-gross out movies. 1982 brought John Carpenter’s “The Thing” and, in 1984 “The Evil Dead” and the 80’s also had the cheaply made “Basket Case”. The 80’s seemed to be a time for making grotesque and puke-worthy violent movies. Jackson’s influence would have been films like “Night of the living dead” and previously mentioned film, “The Evil Dead”.
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The film’s legacy is of its ‘excessive’ violence, which caused it to be cut by 10 minutes. The version I saw, which lasted 90 minutes, had a reasonable amount of violence but certainly nothing compared to “The Evil Dead 2” and “Dead Alive” One scene shows one of the zombies eating another zombies brains with a spoon. I thought all the splat-stick gore used was darkly comical and quite amusing. The story is so silly; it is hilarious; although the film’s central plot is not very original, the idea of alien fast-food franchisers coming to earth to pick up food supplies-in this case, human flesh is unique.
As far as comedy splatter films go, this one is acceptably funny, but this style of macabre can be easily disliked. Obviously, lots of the gore is senseless, but that is the fun playfulness to some of them. “Bad Taste” is an extra exception as the first feature film from a director who would soon go on to make phenomenal films. This is the kind of film you could watch with friends “Bad Taste” can be liked if you enjoy some good comedy horror with yucky violence, and it will definitely require the ‘taste’ of this kind of film.
My Rating: 7/10