Monday, June 3, 2013

Bad Taste (1987)

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Terry Porter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith

Runtime: 1:31

Rant: This is Peter Jackson's first movie. Not nearly as well known or well made as the classic Dead Alive, but it's really worth watching if you liked it.

It's shot like an awful "Drive-In Classics" type of garbage, that's thrown onto a 25 disc DVD case and sold for 4.99 at Wal-Mart. Obviously there's a lot of awful shots and good shots but either way it's a hell of a lot of fun. The effects are really good. Peter Jackson somehow meshes a really innocent type of humor with some of the goriest shit you can find and it really works.

Alright, so these four shitdicks are called in to investigate alien activity in a small town. We come to find out that the aliens are using humans as food for their fast food franchise. With alot of awful horror movies (or awful gore movies) alot of the good smash 'em up violence is in the first half and they can't top themselves, but with this it gets better and better. Eventually the aliens turn from their human forms to their original forms, which end up looking like deformed Marlon Brando's.

Some strange shit happens in this. A guy falls off of a cliff and lands like he splatters but we soon find out it was some birds he landed on that did the splattering. Then the back of his head pops off and he panics as he puts it back in place. After that he realized a part of his brain is on the ground, so he opens his head back up and puts the brains where they should be. Good as new. Later on, they run in on two aliens playing paddy cake. What the fuck is that? There are lots of 'what the fuck?' moments, but it fits this world I guess. Everything is ridiculous, but sometimes it's not funny it's just strange. A good strange. I guess this is the vibe a pile of shit like Thankskilling is going for, except this has two things called talent and effort. Bad Taste is a very enjoyable awful horror movie.

Fun facts: Peter Jackson plays two prominent roles in the movie. As a human named Derek and an alien named Robert.

Horror film: 7
Entertainment: 9
Gore: 9
Overall rating: 8.0