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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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Reply #25. Posted on February 04, 2003, 02:53:19 AM by LemonAIDS
Is the Astro-Investigative Defense Service supposed to form the acronym AIDS or am I overthinking it? By the way, the movie looks brilliantly execrable.
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Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Hando
I own this movie on video, unfortunately, like it's brother "Meet the Feebles" I never get a chance to watch it as my mates are ALWAYS borrowing it.

I'll ask for it back and inevitably, no matter who has it the response is..."I have this mate and he has just GOTTA see it!"

Oh and the term "Mate" is nothing to worry about. Stemming mainly from Australia and NZ, it is a term of close friendship among guys. I think the American equivalent is "Buddy".
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Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
What attracted me to this originally was the wonderful British feel of it.  I was a huge fan of British entertainment because I'm American but was buying British computer magazines for Amiga in the 80s and 90s.  The locales in this film are sooo British it's great.  But the violence and gore was more than I had ever seen and it gave me a truly strange feeling.  Not bad, just strange.  Unforgetable.  

Jackson's character is great!  He's so nerdy but gets the job done.  His troup of actors are great fun to watch.  Glad nobody did to this what they did to Mad Max before it hit our shores (Americanized the soundtrack).  The British accents are great!

Bad Taste is so hilarious...and appauling...and worthy of an air sickness bag!  I'm glad I gave it a chance...renting the box with a weird looking guy flipping me off!!  Ha ha!  And it turned out that it was a very entertaining and nutty gore fest.  Like Dawn of the Dead, it is ODDLY worthy of all its praise even though some-uninitiated-don't understand the big deal.  

Wonderful interview on this site with one of the actors.  Anything recent from Jackson on Bad Taste?  Maybe still preoccupied with Hobbits for a Bad Taste 2 or Bad Taste: The Remake discussion...
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
(sorry...couldn't edit)
I know the film is from New Zealand NOW...but I didn't know then.  Austrailian, British, Swedish, New Zealand...I hadn't quite sorted out all the accents at the time.
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Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chris Mackey
This is a really great movie. Not great in the sense of winning Oscars, but a lot more fun than that, and great with a few beers, a couple of bong hits, and a box of quaaludes.

I *love* the quote "I'm a Derek...and Dereks don't run."
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Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Matthew Taylor
This was one of those movies that you always heard about when you a kid, but to track down a copy at the age of 14 seemed the hardest task in the world. Then one night at a house party we were thumbing through the video collection and there it original ex-rental copy...oh the joy. I can still remember it now, a dozen drunk teenagers, a dimly lit living room and Bad Taste playing on the VCR. Magic.

Needless to say I have since tracked down my own copy. This is a wonderful debut for Peter Jackson, and a genuine work of passion given the time and limited budeget put into the movie. I advise any aspiring first time directors/movie-makers to grab this film and see what can be done with a little imagination and a small, but dedicated crew. Also worthy of mention is the documentary Good Taste: The Making of Bad Taste, a feature length documentary chronicling the entire shoot, make-up creation and special effects. Excellent stuff, and a classic example of craetivity on a budget, shame all that money and fame has gone to his head.
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Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Rosy and Jim
After watching this 'I'm born again' ... Random violence against a sheep.. cool... the car with the cardbvoard cutouts infront give us nightmares though. *We love derek*
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Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by M
Just like Jackson's bland LotR, this is one damn overrated flick.
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