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April 28, 2004

{     Bad Taste     }    

This one's an oldie (1989), but none the less, a classic. Bad Taste is directed by Peter Jackson (yes the same Peter jackson that directed the Lord of the Rings) except he had about ten dollars budget on this one. However, a ten dollars well spent. This has got to be one of the craziest movies going. The whole movie takes place in a small New Zealand village and opens with a character named Derek (Peter Jackson) noticing some suspicious activity from some nutty zombie flesh eating alien guys dressed like janitors. He contacts a group called the Astral Intelligence Defense System, which consists of a band of idiots, to take care of the aliens. Later on, Derek falls down a cliff and cracks his skull open. Uh oh, his brain is falling out of his skull, so naturally he wraps his belt around his head to keep his brain in. They track down the aliens to this little yellow cottage and all hell breaks loose. People are drinking neon green vomit, cows are being blown up by rocket launchers, blood is flying at alarming rates and the acting is beyond horrendous. You gotta love it. At the end, the house takes off with Derek and the head bad guy still inside. Derek does this sweet swan dive with a chain saw through the body of the bad guy and emerges from his crotch where he proclaims, "I'm born again!" Golden!!! Contributed by Gary Kost

     » Buy the "Limited Edition" DVD


Watch Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Dead Alive. Hell- go ahead and watch The Frighteners too. Then somebody please explain to me how the fuck Peter Jackson snagged a multi-multi-million dollar budget for LOTR.

I'm not nearly as big a fan of Bad Taste as I am his other early films, but I cannot deny the delicous irony of the "From the Director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" tagline on the Bad Taste Limited Edition dvd.
The thought that anybody will pick this up, by accident, because of that tagline has inspired many chuckles.
I'll probably save my $$ for a decently cleaned-up version of Meet the Feebles, but it's good to know Bad Taste is out there, inspiring gag reflexes across the globe.

Posted by: Adam at April 28, 2004 8:50 PM

Dead Alive is Golden! Best part is the Priest that says something like, "I kick ass for the Lord!" (I am actually waiting for an opportunity to use that line in a real life situation. ) or the lawn mowing sequence.

I am right there with you on wondering how in the hell he got the LOTR deal with his resume of flicks. However, you have to love Bad Taste for it's unintentional comedic value alone.

Posted by: Gkost at April 28, 2004 9:53 PM

I wouldn't go so far as to say that any of Bad Taste's humor is "unintenrional".
What is unintentionally hilarious is how much Amazon is charging for this Limited Edition. $35 for Bad Taste? That's a third of the production budget for the entire film!
I did a quick search on and they list a vendor ( who can do it for $25. That's still too rich for my blood, but at least the die-hards can save 10 bucks and get their behind the scenes disc and bragging rights.

Posted by: Adam at April 29, 2004 12:13 AM

Ha! Very true. The humor probably was inentional. However, there are parts where you can see the prop guys in the background and what not.

As far as the price, you can still get the original version for 20 bucks at any Best Buy or one of those movie joints in the mall (they are called Suncoast Movies here in NJ). Still too much if you ask me. A few years ago, this movie would cost roughly $3. Another movie that I was really dissapointed in the price wwas the Sleepaway Camp 3 Disc set. They are trying to sell that for $40. FOURTY BUCKS ... those three movies are 20 dollars worth of film at the most. Who cares about the extra footage. I have never been one to watch the behind the scenes crap or the alternate/cut scenes. They were cut for a reason ... because they were crap.

Posted by: Gkost at April 29, 2004 2:15 PM

I feel ya G-money. I was all hyped when that Sleepaway Camp set hit. Saw it at the mall (Suncoast down here in WV too) and popped a turd when I saw the price tag.
Yeah, I probably would have paid 10 bucks each for a VHS copy back in the day, just cuz the shit was so hard to find, but it just seems like they're exploiting the collector in me with a $40 price tag.
Luckily, can hook us up for 24 smackers- no shipping! Just found that out- they weren't offering it when the set first came out, but they've got it now and I'll be throwing down as soon as I get enough cheddar in the checking account. DeepDiscount is really cool, I've ordered with them a lot and aside from the free shipping they're also pretty quick on the delivery.
Now if DeepDiscount could just start hooking me up with some Criterion collection shit at those prices.....

Posted by: Adam at April 29, 2004 3:56 PM

nice ... thanks for pointing out DeepDiscount.

Posted by: Gkost at April 29, 2004 4:23 PM

Adam (and everybody else,too)
you might want to check out
good selection and all criterion titles are 35% off all the time.

Posted by: Eric at May 5, 2004 6:40 PM
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