Wall Street Journal - 10/29/2010
"BAD TASTE, which earns its title joyously, achieved international notice for Mr. Jackson, who worked without a script and added all of the preposterous dialogue in postproduction."
In Peter Jackson's BAD TASTE, an army of alien invaders has landed in coastal New Zealand with the intent of turning its human inhabitants into intergalactic fast food. Their nefarious mission is sabotaged, however, when a four-man commando team is sent in by the government to fend off the invaders. Bloody mayhem ensues....Prepare for scenes featuring exploding sheep, vomit eating, and cannibalism. With its unique blend of hardcore violence and outrageous black humor, BAD TASTE is a genre-busting treat for dauntless moviegoers.
Bad Taste, released in 1987, is a cult action comedy/sci-fi splatter film. Produced on a low budget, it is the first film directed by Peter Jackson. The film features Jackson and his friends taking a number of key roles, both on and off-screen. The plotline sees aliens invade the fictional New Zealand village of Kaihoro to harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food franchise, where they face off against a four-man paramilitary force, of which at least one member appears to have gone insane.
After working on this movie for more than four years on an extremely tight budget (and with a cast and crew consisting only of himself and a group of close friends), filmmaker Peter Jackson eventually completed it with the help of the New Zealand Film Commission, who were very impressed with what they'd seen so far of Jackson's first cinematic effort. In BAD TASTE, a small New Zealand coastal town is taken over by the extraterrestrial Lord Crumb and his army of alien invaders, who are planning to "harvest" the inhabitants for an intergalactic chain of fast-food restaurants. But Derek (Jackson) and his mates from AIDS (the Astro Investigation and Defense Service) are sent in by the government to destroy the enemy at all costs and ensure the survival of mankind. With plenty of gross-out shock effects, grotesque humanoid aliens, and high camp value, it's easy to see why this film became a cult favorite and a big hit on the midnight-movie scene. Jackson would go on to direct the ultragory DEAD ALIVE, the acclaimed drama HEAVENLY CREATURES, and one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history--THE LORD OF THE RINGS.