“Now what are you dirty hooers doing on my planet?” Hooers. That’s Kiwi for the world’s oldest profession if you know what we mean and we think you do. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out the wonder that is Peter Jackson’s first film, Bad Taste (1987).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 185 – Bad Taste (1987)
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The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.IMDb
- Director: Peter Jackson
- Writers: Peter Jackson, Tony Hiles (additional material), Ken Hammon (additional material)
- Terry Potter as Ozzy / 3rd Class Alien
- Pete O’Herne as Barry / 3rd Class Alien
- Peter Jackson as Derek / Robert
- Mike Minett as Frank / 3rd Class Alien
- Craig Smith as Giles / 3rd Class Alien
- Doug Wren as Lord Crumb
- Ken Hammon as 3rd Class Alien
- Costa Botes as 3rd Class Alien
- Dean Lawrie as Lord Crumb SPFX double / 3rd Class Alien
- Peter Vere-Jones as Lord Crumb’s voice
Bad Taste is Crystal’s pick and for her, it starts off a little slow, but she loves how it ramps up and thinks it is hilarious. She also loves the aliens, commenting, “I love their butts.” Bad Taste has the feeling of a bunch of friends who got together to make a movie and in that way, reminds Bill of Equinox (1970). He’s amazed at how ambitious the filmmakers were and how impressive the special effects are, especially on its low budget. Chad tells how he used to remove the 2nd-finger-sticker from the box art and give it a strategic placement on other VHS boxes. He calls Bad Taste a great combination of gore, splatter, comedy, and absurd scenarios but he still wishes there were more exploding sheep. Jeff is flabbergasted and flummoxed that Jackson et al stuck with it for four years, calling Bad Taste amazing, amazing, amazing!
As of this writing, Bad Taste is available VOD and as a Blu-ray (Region A/B/C) import from Spain.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s first film, Near Dark (1987). You won’t want to miss that one!
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