Film Review: BAD TASTE (1987)

Film Review: BAD TASTE (1987)

Jul 31, 2015

IMDb: Bad Taste (1987)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Terry Potter, Pete O’Herne, Craig Smith

BAD TASTE is the perfect example of why all the horror fans out there need to own some VHS versions of their favorite films. I have written in previous posts about the need for horror fans to watch VHS, due to their grainy goodness. I own many VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray films. Some films I even have to own in multiple formats.

Bad Taste is the ultimate horror/comedy. It is an early film from the now world-famous director Peter Jackson. Since the horror/comedy is a genre that has really blown up over the past fifteen years, viewing this film really take you back to the roots of a genre. This is surely one of the films that the crazy minds behind films like Shaun of the Dead, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, and Feast used for inspiration. It has all the elements that a horror comedy needs. It has a ridiculous plot, goofy characters, and extreme gore. It is also a prime example of how gore can look really good, even on a low-budget..

Practical gore effects can look really great on VHS. The VHS creates an old school feel that adds to the realism of even the strangest scenes of gore. There is just something in the high-definition transfers of these films that takes away from the effectiveness of gore. The creative minds behind American Guinea Pig (Stephen Biro and Marcus Koch) have also told me that gore just looks better on VHS. This is probably why they chose to use some grainy shots in Bouquet of Guts and Gore. It is only after speaking to actual filmmakers and watching tons of movies, that I have developed a great respect for what people can do to make effective films within their budgetary constraints.

When I saw this 17 years ago, I thought it was a cheap and goofy piece of shit. I didn’t understand what the hell people were talking about when they praised the film. Now that I have seen tons of films and understand the influence that this movie has had in the horror world, I have a huge amount of respect for it.

So despite the praise I am giving this film, it is still not Jackson’s best horror film. I am a huge fan of Dead Alive and the underrated film The Frighteners. Bad Taste is, however, another amazing piece of work. If you have not seen this you need to find it. It is an alien movie with the gore of a zombie film. It has a main character that runs around holding his brains in head by wrapping a belt around a hole in his skull. It is also very inventive with its kills and gore. It is, and always will be, one of the best horror comedies ever made. It is also one of the best low-budget film-making efforts when it comes to producing the most gore for your buck.

The bottom line is that it is a piece of film history, not just horror history. On DVD I would probably give it a 4 out of 5; but, I’m not even interested in seeing it on DVD or Blu-ray. This VHS format gives the film the look, feel, and sound that it needs. If you can find this on VHS, I got my copy on Ebay for five bucks, it is a must-own film and an easy 5 out of 5.