Bad Taste ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

There are some stunts here that are terrifying to watch happen, knowing how low budget this is. Thankfully, all the really scary ones - hanging upside down off a real cliff, doing stumbling pratfalls on the top of that same cliff, running alongside a moving car with your hand stuck in the window - are all done by Peter Jackson himself. So, like, at least he's not endangering others!

You can really see the shot construction and editing skill at play here, with a beautifully accurate exploding model house followed by a yard full of debris and camera angles that hide the burnt-out second story in closeups.

That said, the film drags at times, and is extremely clear that it's made by and for dudes in their mid-20s and before. It's better as a historical look into a director's growth for me than it is anything I'll be likely to watch again on its own merits.