Release year: 1987
Director: Peter Jackson
Screenwriter: Peter Jackson, Tony Hiles
Starring: Peter Jackson, Terry Potter, Pete O’Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett, Doug Wren, Dean Lawrie, Peter Vere-Jones
When the population of a small town disappears, Derek (Jackson) and his friends discovers aliens disguised as humans are at fault. Now they must try to stop them before they go after the entire human population.
Bad Taste is known mainly for two things: It is the feature film debut of acclaimed director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, 2001) and its incredible low budget. The budget is kept low by Jackson and his friends taking on most key roles and with Jackson starring (in two parts), directing, writing, producing, photographing and co-editing himself. With that said, Bad Taste is a very entertaining movie. The jokes are funny, the special effects surprisingly good and the editing excellent, all showing early promise of the talent we now all know Jackson has. It is definitely in the B-movie genre and plot is mainly an excuse to show brains, bullets and well, bad taste. But this is a movie that truly deserves is cult status and one to watch for any fan of the horror comedy genre or who just want to see what Peter Jackson looks like without a beard.
The “firearms” in the film are all non-functional replicas made by Peter Jackson. For example, what appears to be a WWII Sterling submachine gun is actually a length of aluminum pipe, a handle made from Fimo, and a piece of wood to stand in for the ammunition magazine. The actors shook the props to simulate recoil, and the muzzle flashes were added in post-production.
All the masks were made in the kitchen of Peter Jackson’s mother. The heads of the aliens are bent backwards because otherwise they wouldn’t fit in the oven where the latex was hardened.
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