Peter Jackson directs himself, Terry Potter and Doug Wren in this no budget sci-fi horror about aliens who take over a small New Zealand coastal town and turn the population into fast food.
Inventive bonkers. Clearly made over 200 weekends with whatever DIY special effect they had worked on during the school nights, this has a keen eye for action and self aware gross abandon which overcomes the cheapo origins. Would you guess one of the most financially successful auteurs ever was taking his first movie making steps here as brains spill out, vomit is eaten tapas style and aliens butts burst out their suit pants? Yep, you really do. There’s never a boring shot, nor a set piece that doesn’t use its shitiness as a strength.