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BAD TASTE - 4 Slimes
Copyright 1987 Wingnut Films
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Derek - Peter Jackson! In this, his first film, he is: Producer, Director, Actor, Makeup Artist, and Writer. Derek is a wonderfully violent and nerdy bugger with some revolutionary ideas in the field of brain surgery. Member of the Astro-Investigation and Defense Service, last seen on his way to the alien's home planet.
  • Barry - Member of the Astro-Investigation and Defense Service, spends lots of time suffering his way through being splattered with blood and entrails.
  • Frank - Seems to be the leader of the Astro-Investigation and Defense Service, also sings the title song.
  • Ozzy - Final member of the Astro-Investigation and Defense Service, a little on the weird/violent side.
  • Giles - Hapless collector who is almost eaten.
  • Robert - A retarded alien, played by Peter Jackson!
  • Alien Leader - Concealed in the guise of a old man most of the movie, he finally bursts into his horrid "true" form under duress. Sort of looks like a pregnant Rogaine ad. Derek bores through him with the chainsaw.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

This is what bad movies are all about folks, I'm talking a couple of blokes, some chicken guts, automatic weapons, and aliens eating people! All written/produced/directed/acted/SFX'd by a budding Peter Jackson, it's almost a shame we lost him to work on "The Lord of the Rings" and other Tolkien works. The plot is simple and nicely executed, considering the budget they were under it's almost poetry.

Derek, Barry, Frank, and Ozzy are all members of New Zealand's premiere alien butt kicking unit: the Astro-Investigation and Defense Service. When a town is attacked and butchered by aliens (who intend to market humans as fast food) they are put into action. Abe's Oddysee ripped off this movie so bad it hurts.

The team is very human, several aliens take Barry by surprise and he only escapes certain death on account of his teammate. Derek is busy torturing Robert, thereby causing a good deal of alien screaming, and the ruckus brings every bastard in earshot running. What follows is almost a ballet of gore and clumsiness, at the end of which Derek plummets off the cliff and onto uncomfortable looking rocks. He's not dead, but royally screwed up since a chunk of his mind falls out at regular intervals.

Meanwhile, a charity collector happens into the area, and is soon scooped up by the aliens for a victory feast. His rescue dominates a good portion of the team's efforts as they sneak in, dump out the vat he is being marinated in, then try to leave quietly. Fat chance! The boys are quickly embroiled in a messy gun battle with dozens of inept aliens and Ozzy couldn't be happier. (Ozzy is a psychopath, okay?)

Derek pulls himself together and jury rigs a couple of ways to keep his head together before embarking on a chainsaw rampage. The aliens are completely outmatched by the sheer insanity of the four saviors of the Earth (and the moon), they attempt an escape velocity retreat. Poor schmucks, it is too late when the leader realizes he has a Derek on board.

"Bad Taste" has multiple reasons for recommendation. Some are a little extreme, like Frank having to "drink some chuck" (vomit, he ends up having to guzzle vomit) and a sheep being struck by a light anti-tank weapon.

"Bahhhhh..." BOOM! *giggle*

Oh, by the way, here is a great interview with Peter O'Herne (Barry) for you to read.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • People carrying axes are rarely friendly.
  • Having a bayonet hammered into your heel sucks!
  • Sledgehammers are laying around all over the place in New Zealand.
  • The custom of calling a man's male friend his "mate" is rather disconcerting.
  • When firing an Uzi you don't have to make "bang, bang" sounds.
  • Brains are spoon food.
  • When your skull is cracked and brains are falling out avoid tight hats.
  • Blood is slick stuff, mop it up before someone gets killed.
  • Vomit is delicious.
  • Pine cones are about the least threatening thing you can chuck at someone who has a chainsaw.
  • Kicking a decapitated torso in the balls accomplishes very little.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 11 mins - Derek has an alien hanging upside down over the cliff edge? Hey, it's a bearded and retarded Peter Jackson!
  • 19 mins - They're using their buddy as a battering ram!
  • 23 mins - That dude has a sledge hammer embedded in his skull!
  • 29 mins - Derek is rolling down a cliff! A tall cliff... ...oh SPLAT! Sorry Derek.
  • 36 mins - Derek's still alive, but a flap of his skull flopped open and brains fell out! Hehehehe, he's stuffing them back in!
  • 47 mins - Yum, blue vomit.
  • 57 mins - Frank is taking fire from all sorts of directions.
  • 71 mins - RPG!
  • 82 mins - Flying house...


  • Alien Leader: "I suppose you're wondering why you're soaking in Reg's eleven secret herbs and spices." (I think he says Reg's...)

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note badtaste1.wav Derek: "Stick all the pieces of brain in a plastic bag Barry, we'll need them for analysis."
Barry: "No bloody way mate, you can come down here and do that yourself."
Green Music Note badtaste2.wav Derek: "I'm a Derek, Dereks don't run."
Green Music Note badtaste3.wav Frank: "I knew it was a mistake to issue weapons, we're a government department not a paramilitary unit."
Derek: "Yeah, the Astro-Investigation and Defense Service."
Ozzy: "Wish we'd change that name."
Green Music Note badtaste4.wav Alien Leader: "Aren't I lucky, I got a chunky bit!"
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Bad Taste
Reply #1. Posted on April 19, 1999, 04:58:06 PM by
I spent from July 1998 to November 1999 studying at the University of Auckland in Auckland, NZ. After a few weekend trips and a two week spring break I managed to see much of both islands. I mentioned all of that because you need to know that there are many, many sheep in New Zealand...especially the South Island. The random act of violence against the sheep in this film really isn't so random in the context of the culture...I heard more then a few 'jokes' about doing something like what happens in this movie in real life. It sure is fun talking with Kiwi's about Peter Jackson, too. There doesn't seem to be that much confidence in Jackson taking on the "Lord of the Rings" series. But EVERYBODY sure seems to like Meet The Feebles {described as "sick" by many a kiwi), Dead Alive and Bad Taste.
Bad Taste
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Fred
Bad taste is done in bad taste and I love it. it is gory, funny, and stupid. Which means a job well done. If you like
movies like evil dead series where they were purposely messed up,and hag gags, then see this cult classic. I bought it on dvd yesterday uncut version it rules.
This movie will either be up your alley or just a stupid be movie, but I don't think it is a dumb movie(just pure genieus). peter jackson was a good director in this and actor. Way to go playing both robert and derek on the cliff very believable.  11 mins- Derek has an alien hanging upside down over the cliff. It is a bearded peter jackson.
19 mins- aliens use thier buddy as a battering ram
23 mins- That dude has a sledge hammer inbedded into his skull
29 mins- derek is rolling down a tall cliff splat.
36 mins- Dereks still alive
47- yum blue vomit
71 mins rpg (anti-armor weapons)
79. random act of violence on a sheep.
this is just some the things to watch out for.
So if you like b-movies, gory movies, or just plain like peter jackson at least rent it first. For those of you who are watching it for the first time watch out for these scenes.
Bad Taste
Reply #3. Posted on September 29, 1999, 11:55:37 AM by Daniel Alonso
The first time I saw Bad Taste I were eleven and I alomst vomited. Now four years later I saw it again and love it. One of the best splatter/humour movies ever made. I can see it over and over again and I still laughes at it.
My favourite.
Bad Taste
Reply #4. Posted on October 27, 1999, 11:29:48 AM by paul westbrook
Recently, I purchased this film at a Cinema One store in Brantford, and I must say, it was much more than I expected. The green vomit scene was a tad bit uncomfortable to watch, but all in all, Bad Taste was definately worth the money I shelled out to buy it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Taste was definately                                                                                                                                                                        tly worth the money I shelled out
Bad Taste
Reply #5. Posted on November 10, 1999, 08:34:11 PM by Wes Core
I've seen literally over 100 B-movies and really cheezy horror movies, and I'd say this ranks in my top 10. Damn great movie! There's plenty of cheezy gore, humor, and just all out nasty stuff in this movie. Hooray for Peter Jackson!!!
Bad Taste
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by David
Bad Taste is a wicked film. When I first hired it on video I thought it was going to be another one of those cheap 80's movies which totally sucked. Boy was I wrong this movie kicked ass from start to finish I can see why it turned into a cult classic. Since First watching it I'm sure I've seen it many more times and would definately be worth getting on DVD if it is ever released on DVD.
Bad Taste
Reply #7. Posted on January 27, 2000, 08:02:05 AM by Evil Edsel
Amazing film considering that it was made over 4 years of weekends, they didn't get any funding until it was almost finished and Peter Jackson added ALL the gun flashes HIMSELF by HAND directly on to the film! Makes me proud to be a New Zealander.
Bad Taste
Reply #8. Posted on February 11, 2000, 10:11:29 AM by
Dude This is prehaps the best flick ever made and of course peter jackson is my fav director, when i first saw this movie i wasn't in to b- horror movies but this has it all. A fantastic movie that should have been on the afi.
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