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Director Peter Jackson's second feature cheerfully trumps the gross-out quotient of his splatterfest debut, the appropriately named Bad Taste. The tone is cartoonishly comic, and the premise is simple: The village dweeb (Timothy Balme) is trying to maintain a budding romance with the sweet Paquita (Diana Penalver) while concealing the fact that his overbearing mum (Elizabeth Moody, in an amazing good-sport performance) is a flesh-eating zombie. (She owes her condition to a bite from a "Sumatran Rat Monkey" at the local zoo.) Complicating matters even further is Les, a greedy uncle (Ian Watkin), who suspects that his sister has died and is eager to occupy her elegantly furnished Victorian mansion. The climax is a housewarming party Les throws to celebrate his "inheritance;" what he really gets is his comeuppance, thanks to his sister and her similarly afflicted zombie pals, who burst out of their basement prison to turn the guests into appetizers. Our hero finally cuts a wide swath through the zombie party crashers with the help of a rotary blade lawn mower, leaving the house awash in blood and body parts in order to save his romance. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:February 12, 1993


Timothy Balme
as Lionel
Diana Penalver
as Paquita Maria Sanchez
Elizabeth Moody
as Mum (Vera Cosgrove)
Ian Watkin
as Uncle Les
Brenda Kendall
as Nurse McTavish
Stuart Devenie
as Father McGruder/Zombie McGruder
Davina Whitehouse
as Paquita's Grandmother
Jim Booth
as Lionel's Father
Nick Ward
as Spud
Peter Jackson
as Undertaker's Assistant
Angela Louise Robinson
as Courtney
Sarah Scott Davis
as Featured Party Zombie
Ken Hammon
as Featured Party Zombie
Jamie Selkirk
as Father at Zoo
Forrest J. Ackerman
as Forry
Peter Vere-Jones
as Undertaker
Brian Sergent
as Vet
Tony Hiles
as Zoo Keeper


Peter Jackson
Jim Booth
James Booth
Peter Jackson
Stephen Sinclair
Screen Story
Stephen Sinclair
Murray Milne
Jamie Selkirk
Jamie Selkirk
Associate Producer
Richard Taylor
Special Effects
Richard Taylor
Creature Effects
Bob McCarron
Prosthetic Makeup Effects