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This documentary showcases some of the tricks of the trade used by Peter Jackson in the making of his first feature — the aliens-amok-in-Makara splatter classic, Bad Taste. Compiled following the film's 1988 Cannes market screening, it's framed around an extensive interview with a 25-year-old Jackson at his parents’ Pukerua Bay home. These excerpts offer fascinating insight into his ingenuity: from building a DIY Steadicam, to the making of the infamous sheep-obliterating rocket launcher scene, to PJ musing on the impetus that being an only child provided him. 


My perspective on the documentary by Tony Hiles 29.09.2008

Good Taste made Bad Taste was made by Tony Hiles, also the Consultant Producer on Bad Taste and the author of this perspective.

After Bad Taste's success in ...

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 Tony Hiles
 Peter Jackson
 Donald Duncan

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 Lisa Noonan

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Lovely work.


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The idea with most special effects, I reckon, is to keep them as simple as possible. If you’ve got to have a machete going into somebody’s head, it’s easier to have a real person’s head with a fake machete, so you knock something together like this with a bit of cardboard and some ice cream sticks … 
I’m definitely not a violent person myself; I’d never want to experience half the stuff that goes on in Bad Taste. 
Movies are a medium in which you can get away with murder. You can show anything you like: it’s safe and harmless and nobody gets hurt, and yet it can also shock or thrill a few people, which is also a bit of fun! 
I was thinking of ideas that were Hollywood ‘big’ … and I had a little Super 8 camera that couldn’t shoot sound … and I was dying to do animation [but] I didn’t have a single frame control. I’d just have to press the trigger for a short burst …