Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Peter Jackson, Tony Hiles & Ken Hammon
Length: approx.91 min
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
I last reviewed Dunkirk, a movie about events that possibly saved the world and was directed by a master of his craft who I hope goes on to win best director.
For my second review, I am going to talk about a movie that is also about events that probably saved the world by a favourite director of mine who did go on to win best director.
So I gave her a teaser
Me: Guess what movie I picked... I will give you a clue. Peter Jackson directed it
Crimson_Solitude: No idea?
Me: Ok I will give you a clue. The very expensive edition I have has a gold ring on it
Crimson_Solitude: Ummm goes blank???
Me: ok another clue.....it has a ring on a finger....a gold ring
Crimson_Solitude: OK.. Just tell me haha
Me: one last clue. There is a LORD on the cover. Wearing ONE RING come on I am literally spoon feeding this to you... I have a very rare ONE RING copy of this film. Directed by Peter Jackson.
Crimson_Solitude: Lord of the rings??
Me: hahahaha took the bait...it's BAD TASTE!!!!!
Two words of warning. Firstly, and goes without saying: there will be spoilers. Secondly, remember that this movie is directed by Peter Jackson. Who went on to direct the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and get best director for his efforts. Remember, sometimes dreams come true kids.
The movie starts with Shady Government Men working for The Astro Investigation and Defence Service (AIDS). One of them, smoking a cigarette that is held onto a prosthetic finger by a band aid. (I have no idea why and also X-Files, I think you ripped of the cancer man from this movie). Something has happened and he has to call in “The Boys”.
I love this movie so much I have a limited edition holographic DVD edition of it that has Lord Crumb with in one hand an AK-47 and with the other is giving you the finger with the One Ring on! Here is a photo of it.
Now I don't want to spoil things too much because want people to go out and find this movie and watch it. so I am just gonna really give you some random thoughts.
Now I need to talk about Derek. Derek is to New Zealand as Ash from The Evil Dead is to America. He is the everyman....ON ROIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this character. I can quote him very easily. Also...he is one hell of a SOB. Never back down. As Derek puts it “I'm a Derek...and Dereks don't Run.” wait.... um....OH FUCK...
…. THE NEW ZEALANDERS HAVE INVENTED DALEKS BUT THEY ARE DEREKS!!! TO THE HILLS ALL OF YOU!!!!
Peter Jackson shot this entire movie on a crank camera that could only shoot approximately 30 seconds at a time. Of course there is no Wingnut special effects. But man did Jackson innovate. The gunfire in the film, as in the muzzle flash, was achieved by poking an actual needle through the film stock so just raw light came through. Genius! He made all his own props. I have this image of Peter Jackson, in his parents house making edible fast food alien puke.
There is a part where there are multiple shots of a house blowing up and it is obvious that the movie doesn't have a budget that allows for multiple models if the explosion goes wrong.
It's because of films like Bad Taste, I love so many weird independent movies. You can see the passion in them, and the innovation. Hell it's how we got the magic of the original Star Wars trilogy.
To any backyard film maker out there asking their friends to dress up as zombies, slashers, innocent victims or girls who love smoking pot and pre marital sex (I don’t care what everyone else thinks of Jason X, it was a laugh) look at Bad Taste and then Peter Jackson and know “There is a way”.
I give Bad Taste 9 chunky bits out of 10
Written by Joseph "FixxxeR" H.