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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.

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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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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Daniel
I loved it! You may not agree, but, I think this is funnier and better than Meet The Feebles. This movie was hillarious! The very fake looking blood and gore in Bad Taste made me laugh a lot! My brother kinda hated it, though. He only watched about 20 minutes of the film and left the room. So what if the blood looks nothing like real blood? It's still a great movie! If you want to have a good laugh, then rent Bad Taste right now. It's a very cheesy movie but it is pretty good in my opinion. I might go see all three of the Lord of The Rings movies when they all come out. I want to rent Dead Alive but I'm going to try and look for the unrated version.
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Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Private Joker
No, the funniest part is when one of the guys hits the alien over and over and over then kicks him in the balls.  The alien just falls to his knees in pain.  I was in tears, almost even more so than the part with Derek and his "bang-bang" noises.
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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Lou
When I first watched ths movie,I thought it sucked.Then I watched it again,And HOLY s**t! this movie rules.some of the best humor and gore ever,up there with evil dead.the blood in the movie is something like strawberry syrup I think,cause in my film production class at school I made a GORY movie using that as blood and it looked pretty close to the blood used in bad taste.I didn't like dead/alive as much though.I just watched Bloodsucking freaks last night(another b-movie classc) and I think today I am gonna watch bad taste.I should be in school right now,but Bad taste is more important then academics.BAD TASTE RULES!  
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Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by PL
For me, this film is genius...pure genius...I am a young film maker, and I make exactly that kind of movies (lots of gore, sadism, vulgarity, etc...)...and when I heard that Peter Jackson was given the mission (and money) to make a series of films for Lord Of The Rings....Damn! I was sooo happy for him....he started with stupid films with no budget like this, and he's now an oscar nominated...

I don't expect to go that far...but damn, that somehow gives a light of hope to one day get a name...

Anyways, the film itself is funny (not as much as Dead Alive) and really gory...Jackson made THE two films that I consider the gorier...And this is one of them. This film is a treasure, especially for fans of independent films, fans of gory films, and fans of cheap cheesy films.

by the way, I am an EXTREMELY strong stomach, and the vomit scene really disgusted me...good stuff!
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Reply #21. Posted on September 12, 2002, 04:11:06 PM by rikki-the-bisi
This movie is absolutely great. itīs not gorier than Braindead, but i think itīs funnier. I loved the score itīs such a great parody of this 80īs electro s**t. I love this movie, although itīs very hard for me to understand what the actors are saying (Iīm from Germany you know)
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Choi
This is one mother of a film, much better than Braindead(Dead Alive), Peter jackson is God, this is one of my favourite films of all time, it also has the best line from a film, "arent i lucky,i got a chunky bit".  Jackson should keep doing these films without blowing 200m on crap like LOTR.
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Cambot99
I've seen plenty of bloody films in my days, and this movie is on the list besides "Brain Damage" "Dead Alive" etcetra. I havn't seen this film in AGES, I'd kill to see it again cause I enjoy a good bloody film. But I find the vomit scene disgusting though.
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Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by the dude
This is nothing short of ingenious.  Peter Jackson is the most innovative film maker i have ever heard of.  If the readers of this have the bad taste limited edition dvd watch the "Good Taste Made Bad Taste" documentary.  It opened my eyes to this incredible director.  Comparing this movie to Evil Dead, which was roughly the same budget, Bad Taste is a masterpiece.  Before regarding the special effects as hokey, know that the film was made on a $50,000 budget and many of the special effects were made in his mom's oven.  Enjoy!
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