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Bad Taste (1987)

An Alien Investigation and Defence team are dispatched to hunt down some extra-terrestrial aliens who have depopulated a small town, using the humans as stock for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Derek must now save the day and the world with his chainsaw before the meat eaters spread across the whole planet.


Peter Jackson’s hilarious 16mm tale of an alien invasion of New Zealand saw him write, direct, supervise effects, do stunts and play hero Derek. Not bad for a first film, even if it did take him four years to make.

The over-the-top special effects range from sickeningly realistic to downright amateurish, but considering nearly all the gore gags were created by Jackson himself (in his mum’s kitchen) with almost no budget, one can’t help but be impressed.

Terry Potter
Pete O’Herne
Craig Smith
Mike Minett
Peter Jackson
Lord Crumb, alien leader
Doug Wren
Alien leader’s voice
Peter Vere-jones

Peter Jackson