Director: John De Bello
Screenplay: Stephen F. Andrich, John De Bello, Constantine Dillon, J. Stephen Peace
Starring: John Astin, George Clooney, Anthony Starke, Karen M. Waldron
Producer: J. Stephen Peace
Running Time: 98 min
BBFC Certificate: 15
Ten years ago the world was threatened by the horror of killer tomatoes: tomatoes are now on the banned list. Leading to worse horrors, as tomatoes are outlawed, pizza is now topped with jam or even worse. Things have returned to as near normal as possible or so Joe Public thinks. Deep in a dark laboratory the madcap Professor Gangreen (John Astin) is hard at work on an insane genetic engineering project to transform tomatoes into tomato people.
In this sequel to the little known 70’s horror malarkey Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, the mad scientist Gangreen wants to rule the world, so he is converting tomatoes into an army of human-tomato hybrids. Chad (Anthony Starke) falls in love with the staggering half human half tomato -mutant Tara (Karen M. Waldron). She seems to be the perfect woman, Tara likes to keep her man happy in every possible way, including making the best toast ever, but she has a weakness, turning into a tomato when she hears music.
Just in case we have trouble following the story line, we get a re-cap of the prequel: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and witness the horrors of giant tomatoes on a killing spree. Gangreen also of Adams Family fame, turns tomatoes into tomato people by adding a quarter a genetic engineering manipulator which seems to be made out of a jukebox and rather a lot of silver foil. In his bid to unleash vegetable terror on the unsuspecting people of the earth, Gangreen creates an army of muscle bound machine-gun happy tomatoy crossbreeds.
Sadly money runs out part way through the movie and perhaps even more sadly the movie makers are forced into product placement to raise the desired dosh. Amusingly from this point on the actors are discordantly drinking Pepsi and awkwardly holding tubes of Crest toothpaste for no apparent reason.
The film’s not big on plot as you may guess, but who cares, if you want to watch a film called Return of the Killer Tomatoes you going to get just what you expected. It does what it says on the tin, it is fun in a wacky Airplane kind of way, with a thick lashing of scantily clad bikini babes. Oddly, there’s a guy in this film who looks remarkably like George Clooney, but it can’t be can it? Oh, it turns out the George Clooney look-a-like is err… George Clooney, it’s worth watching just for this.
Packed with a plethora of chuckle-out loud gags and overplayed product placement, the whole film is messed up, there’s even a backwards, good-looking Igor. Maybe there is a serious side to this film, if we don’t treat vegetables with respect, they won’t respect us back. If you can see past the non-stop silliness, the acting is actually pretty decent, so it is one to get, just to say you’ve seen it.
Return of the Killer Tomatoes escaped onto dual format Blu-Ray and DVD on the 27th June 2016 and is jam-packed full of special features including:
- 2K restoration from the original film elements
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
- Hangin’ with Chad– Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
- Image gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes stills
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
- Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver
Arrow Video are responsible for giving us another good beating with this latest release, I’ve watched the Blu-Ray which as you’d expect looks and sounds great. All killer, no sandwich filler, Yes, Yes, more please.