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Attack of ..Killer Tomatoes
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Brand New!! 25th Anniversary Edition, R1 DVD, color, Approx. 87 minutes, Rhino, Rated PG
Movies with "wacky" titles are almost never any good, and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! was intentionally made to be an instant golden turkey. Despite that, and the grade-Z production values, this is a regularly funny film. You need to be a fan of the kind of low-budget horror movie it's spoofing, and you need to be very forgiving of the technical ineptness and frequent clunkers, but it works. The story? Well, tomatoes attack, basically. Jack Riley and the San Diego Chicken are in it, and that genuinely alarming helicopter crash you see in an early scene was a real accident. Seen now, the whole ratty affair brings back agreeable memories of the circa-1978 college-movie/midnight-cinema era, when seeing this film was virtually unavoidable. The sequel, Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (with a young George Clooney), is actually an even funnier film. Director John De Bello would continue to squeeze the Tomatoes franchise for years to come. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Like many, I was disappointed that the original version of the film was not on the disc. No, this is not the "director's cut" that was released by Buena Vista several years ago. It's a new cut that retains the overdubs and sound effects of the director's cut, while restoring the Mindmaker song. However, for some strange reason, a scene of Lois Fairchild being yelled at by her boss is missing from this version. Oh well, in any version this film is a fun waste of time if you don't take it seriously (and with that title how could you).
The DVD extras are great. The commentary is entertaining but I wish they would have said something about the several different versions of the film. The two super-8 short films are a hoot to watch and show the creative process that lead to the feature film. The documentaries are quite funny - and you'll be surprised by a few of the people they got to come back and talk about the film.
This would have easily rated five stars if only they had given us the option to view the original version.
A genetic experiment gets out of hand and tomatoes turn on humans. The government wants to keep things quiet so the hire Mason Dixon to lead the investigation. But soon the tomatoes are everywhere and the army seems powerless to stop them.
The end of the film mas seem familiar to a larger-budget invasion film (I won't tell you which, but they did it in Tomatoes first). According to the credits, the scene contains "Every nutcase in San Diego." Even the San Diego Chicken makes an appearance (and he was really big at the time).
The whole film is full of gags (visual and spoken) in a way that makes one believe that the movie spawned the Airplane franchise. A favorite is when the dubbed Japanese scientist accidently knocks a picture of the USS Arizona into a fish tank. When the giant tomatoes attack, look for the stage hands pushing them from behind.
Just remember that this film is intended to be bad.
This is a high budget film but they pocketed most of the money so it would not be pretentious. It was filmed in San Diego, California; this will soon become the location of the avocado jungle of death. Many great actors wanted to play the main parts but they were turned down so that they would not out shine the tomatoes; David Miller got the position of Mason Dixon
This film is so innovative that you will see the themes used over again in many movies to come such as "Mars Attacks." Notice how real the media interviews are; they look just like what you see on TV News today, as they brow beat the victim. And how many times have you see the use of sophisticated music to squelch the savage beasts?
While watching this film a co-watcher took advantage of the situation and snuck up behind to roll tomatoes past me.
Return of the Killer Tomatoes!
Having said that, there still are some great surreal jokes floating around. It only appeals to a certain sense of humor, but I have it so...
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the movie starts out great with some script comparing the film to hitchcocks 'the birds'. and the laughter continues throughout. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2012 by Sorpse
When I first saw AoKT more than 20 years ago this riff on all B-movie cliches had me convulsed with laughter. So I bought one for a senior friend as a gift. Read morePublished on July 24 2011 by Goofy Grandma
Even thought the movies plot's not that great, the film itself is so funny you can't help but love it. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
Yes, there are movies made to be bad. The producer of this film made a wholehearted and sincere effort to make this the most appalling and repugnant movie of all time. Read morePublished on March 19 2004
Some movies are so bad, they are good...unintentionally. However, this movie actually tries to be funny and fails miserably. Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by Yarby
i have the speclal collector's editon dvd of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes it is the best movie i have ever seen! Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003
This is, without question, the WORST film I've ever seen and I LOVED it! I'm still singing "Puberty Love!" Too funny!Published on Dec 12 2003
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