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Thread: 31 days of Horror part 4: Citizens on Patrol

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    Title-Bad Taste
    Source-Count Gore Devol's airing on Vimeo

    Ahhhh Bad Taste,the first film and first movie I saw from a guy who is one of my favorite director,Mr Peter Jackson. I had heard about the movie thanks to Fangoria and a few horror zines I read. I was on my way home from school on a Friday. Had just spent most of Chemisty II class reading an article in Fangoria about Peter Jackson's newest film Dead/Alive AKA Braindead. A buddy had told me that this one video store had just gotten in a bunch of horror films. So I stopped by to see if there was anything worth renting. This store ,that I later found out got shut down cause it was renting bootlegs,never had more than one copy of any film. But they had a huge horror,sci fi and porn selection. Seriously I could find pretty much any horror film that was on VHS at this store. I went in and headed straight for the horror section. Saw the above image and grabbed it cause I knew it was a film I had been reading about for years now.

    I got home. Put the tape into my VCR and right at 90s minutes I sat there with my jaw on the floor. I had seen gore movies before this. But none of them had as much comedy. Or were made on such a low budget. Then right at the very end the tape stopped and started rewinding. This is when I started to suspect the video store was renting out bootlegs. Almost none of the tapes you rented from them had the FBI warning or a bunch of trailers before the film started. A friend swears he rented some Euro softcore film from the same store and saw the Cinemax After Dark logo pop up a few times. So I was a bit mad that I didn't see the entire film. But really going back now I see that all I missed was the credits.

    The plot is fairly simple. Aliens have come to Earth.They want humans to serve as the food in their intergalactic fast food places. And Peter Jackson and some friends are the Earth's only defense.

    Mr Jackson shot this film over a long period of time. With himself and various friends playing all the roles. And sometimes not being able to shoot footage cause they were out of money. It was mostly made on the weekends.

    What sucks is AFAIK it hasn't gotten a Blu Ray release in the USA. The legit DVD release doesn't look that great and is OOP. I figured once Jackson hit it big with the Lord of the Rings films,fuck I hate those movies,that all his previous stuff would get re-released on DVD. But that doesn't seemed to have happened.

    Notice how I said legit DVD release. Somehow a few companies seem to think Bad Taste,which was released in 1987,is in the public domain. So it has shown up on a handful of those multiple horror movie sets. You know like 50 Chilling Classics on 10 DVDs for only 20 bucks. The versions of Bad Taste found on those sets looks worst than the bootleg VHS I rented back in 90 or 91.


    What is even odder is early this year Count Gore DeVol aired Bad Taste on his Vimeo show. Count Gore is a horror host that used to be on TV in the DC area. And in the early 2000s switched over to being online. Every week or so you get a new film from him. And it is free to watch. I am guessing whoever picks the movies for his show saw Bad Taste on those PD horror sets and just assumed the film is PD. The print Count Gore used looks decent. It looks as good if not better than the officially released DVD. And hell it is free. Added bonus if you have the Vimeo app you can download videos off Vimeo to watch offline. Whenever I am making a road trip I always load up a few Count Gore episodes on my Tablet to watch while in the van going to what ever tiny town we are heading to.

    I love this movie. But then I love all of Jackson's pre-LOTR stuff. Sadly it looks like the days of him making amazing horror/comedies is over. I thought after the huge success of LOTR Jackson would use that to get a big budget and make the best horror/comedy ever. But nope we got a decent but un-needed remake of King Kong. Then the horrible Hobbit trilogy.

    Since the DVD is OOP and selling for too much if you want to see this goto Vimeo and watch Count Gore's airing of it.

    Bad Taste gets a B+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    It really is a triumph of a film. Roger was a great guy and I truly 100% believe LHODES should be shown at film schools showing what you can accomplish if you have no money but a lot of imagination.
    I'm still struck by how powerful the imagery is even in a compromised form. The plot has obviously been severely condensed and the re-dubbing of the dialogue is frequently awful, but it still oozes a unique nastiness. The surgery scene in particular, despite its primitive gore effects, is far more harrowing than any similar sequence I can think of from that era. It's a real tribute to Roger's talent that his images remain so potent even after being mangled by distributors.

    Quote Originally Posted by Newt Cox View Post
    Ahhhh Bad Taste,the first film and first movie I saw from a guy who is one of my favorite director,Mr Peter Jackson.
    Bad Taste is one of the films that first got me interested in cinema. When The Frighteners was coming out the local subscription movie channel celebrated by showing all of Jackson's previous films over the course of a month, which my parents taped. Since all the violence in Bad Taste was absurd cartoon gore, my mother let me watch it at the tender age of 10 and it became one of my favourite films.

    One of the reasons it resonated with me so much (apart from the chainsaw mayhem) was because we lived just up the hill from Peter. Many of the locations were places I was vaguely familiar with from around the Wellington region. The fact that this crazy movie was made on the weekends by a guy who lived practically down the road from me was something that made making movies feel like a practical, do-able thing for the first time.
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    01)Pigeons From Hell-Thriller
    02)Madhouse(1974)
    03)Horror Island
    04)The Skull
    05)The Robot Vs The Aztec Mummy
    06)Delirium (2018)
    07)Curse Of The Doll People
    08)Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
    09)Midnight Man(US)
    010)Midnight Man (UK)
    011)Xtro 7.5-Nice little mind fuck of a movie that I saw first run that still delivers the icks and the wtfs?.
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    Day 13: Miss Leslie's Dolls

    Great WTF ending.
    I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister.

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    01. The Night Stalker (1972)
    02. The Devil's Wedding Night (1973)
    03. Zombie (1979)
    04. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
    05. Scream and Scream Again (1970)
    06. The Black Sleep (1956)
    07. Nightmare City (1980)
    08. Animal (2014)
    09. The Incubus (1982)
    10. The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971)
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    Quite a good little pilot. A shame it didn't get picked up.
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    Day 13: Vampire Circus

    I've seen almost no Hammer films, and I can't tell you why. This is a good place to jump in though - not a masterpiece by any stretch, but good solid fun. I particularly loved the shoddy panther attack scene, where the frenzy to try and hide the dodgy puppet ends up looking like one of Andy Milligan's 'swirl camera' moments. The quality level veers all over the place in every department but it's never dull. Extra points for containing the laziest plot shortcut I've ever seen, as well as hot pink credits!

  8. #98
    Day 14: Critters

    Critters is packed with so many tropes and clichés from other '80s monster movies that it gave me déjà vu. I'll give it some points for coming up with a few bits of bizarre imagery once it gets going, but it's just not enough. The script really needed to pick a tone (and preferably a single location) and stick with it. I probably would have got a kick out of this if I bothered to rent it back when I was 13, but it's neither good nor bad enough to be of much interest to me now.

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    Day 14: The Addiction

    Finally some justice for this one, that Arrow disc looks stunning. Nice extras too.
    I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister.

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    GHOST STORIES - This was a bit disappointing. It has some nice atmosphere and a few good shocks, but it's so slow and it didn't really hold my attention.

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