“ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES”
“You can’t run! You can’t swim! There’s nowhere to hide!”
I happen to love this movie and think that it is very witty, clever and silly. I believe that is was meant to be spoof on horror films and not meant to be taken seriously and though it does not work all the time, it still fun. Unfortunately, it has ruined by appetite for shakshuka.
The entire plot is right here in the title. Killer tomatoes attack and that’s about it. Oh yes, people try to stop the attack. This is a director’s cut which includes a long prologue about the cult status of the film there is even a running commentary throughout the film in which the director makes comments on the movie itself. Unlike other horror movies, there is no gore aside from crushed tomatoes and a few people dying. The film is made up of lots of loosely-tied comedy sketches held-together around the idea of killer tomatoes. Political correctness was thrown out of the window while this was being made just as it was when “Blazing Saddles” was filmed. The difference is that today, one could never make “Blazing Saddles” because the humor in it would be considered politically offensive. Killer tomatoes do not deal with race or gas so it is relatively tame in comparison but then there is no comparison if Mel Brooks is involved.
There is a scene involving a Japanese scientist that contains dialogue which is highly offensive, to say the least. Yet, most of the dialogue is sharp and funny. The film has achieved cult status.
Tomatoes have turned evil and are eating people. Jim Richardson (George Wilson) is charged to stop this menace and so brings in Mason Dixon (David Miller) and his team, led by Lt. Wilbur Finletter (Rock Peace), to handle the situation. Cub reporter Lois Fairchild (Sharon Taylor) gets involved trying to warn the public about the horrors, but instead becomes a part of everything.
There are plenty of groaners and that’s the point of the film—it’s meant to be dumb and it’s meant to be bad.
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of film (1.85:1)
- Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Audio commentary from writer/director John DeBello, writer/co-star Steve Peace and “creator” Costa Dillon
- Deleted scenes (SD)
- Six exclusive featurettes:
– “Legacy of a Legend” (14:13, SD) is a collection of interviews, including comments from John DeBello, Costa Dillon, film critic Kevin Thomas, fans Kevin Sharp and Bruce Vilanch, future Tomatoes mainstay John Astin and actors Steve Peace, Jack Riley, and D.J. Sullivan
– “Crash and Burn” (3:40, SD) is a discussion about the famous helicopter crash that could have killed everyone because the pilot was late on his cue
– “Famous Foul” (2:21, SD) is about the San Diego Chicken and his role in the climatic tomato stomping ending
– “Killer Tomatomania” (4:33, SD) is a smattering of interviews with random people on the streets of Hollywood about the movie
– “Where Are They Now?” (2:51, SD) fills viewers in on what the cast and crew have been up to over the past couple of decades
– “We Told You So!” (3:07, SD) takes a hard-hitting look at the conspiracy of silence surrounding the real-life horror of killer tomatoes
- “Do They Accept Traveler’s Checks in Babusuland” (the original 8mm short that inspired Attack of the Killer Tomatoes) (with optional audio commentary) (SD)
- Original theatrical trailer (SD)
- Radio spots
- Collectible poster