Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Bad Taste (1987) – Peter Jackson

This is the first in what would become a long line of bloody, bizarre, gore-fest films that began one of the most interesting careers in film history. Peter Jackson’s feature directorial debut is arguably the truest testament to independent filmmaking, as it took him four years to shoot the picture. Spawned from an ever-evolving script, the story has a lot of twists and turns coupled with inventive effects and humor. Jackson created all the make-up and effects himself, and even built his own equipment, which otherwise would have cost the production thousands of dollars. The plot revolves around a tactical team known as the Astro-Investigation and Defense Service (AIDS) and their battle to stop an intergalactic fast food chain from adding the human population to the menu. Jackson himself stars as both one of the villains (Robert) and one of the heroes (Derek), and as you quickly find out, “Dereks don’t run.” 


Check back tomorrow for the next installment of the Horror Alphabet.

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