Return of the Killer Tomatoes

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"They were out for blood, and rotten to the core. Now they're back ..."
  • PG
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 5.2  (7,616)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1988 sci-fi horror-comedy film directed by John De Bello. It is the sequel to the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Set ten years after the events of the first film, the plot centers around mad scientist Professor Gangreen's (played by John Astin) latest plan to take over the world with his army of genetically modified killer tomatoes. However, standing in his way is Chad Finletter (Anthony Starke), a young pizza delivery boy who must team up with government agent Sam Smith (George Clooney) and a group of tomato fighters to stop the evil professor once and for all.

The film is a self-aware parody of B-movie sci-fi horror films, with a lot of fourth-wall breaking and tongue-in-cheek humor. The movie is not meant to be taken seriously but rather to be enjoyed for its absurdity and silliness. The writing is intentionally campy as it pokes fun at the genre.

Anthony Starke delivers a fun and humorous performance as the protagonist Chad Finletter, the reluctant hero who finds himself embroiled in the fight against the killer tomatoes. His chemistry with George Clooney's character, Sam Smith, is particularly enjoyable as the two play off each other's quirkiness.

Karen M. Waldron plays Tara Boumdeay, a lovelorn assistant to Professor Gangreen who eventually switches sides and joins the tomato fighters. While her character is not particularly well-developed, Waldron brings a quirky energy to the role that fits in with the film's overall tone.

The movie's overall production values are relatively low as it was made on a modest budget. However, this only adds to the charm of the film as it leans into its low-budget B-movie aesthetic. The special effects are intentionally cheesy, and the musical score is a mix of catchy synthesizer tunes and silly novelty songs.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes is not a particularly scary movie, but its humor and absurdity make it a fun watch for fans of the horror-comedy genre. The film serves as an enjoyable nostalgia trip for fans of the first Killer Tomatoes movie as it brings back several characters and references to the original film.

Overall, Return of the Killer Tomatoes is an enjoyable and silly film that shouldn't be taken too seriously. Its humor and absurdity make it a fun watch for fans of horror-comedy B-movies. While it may not be a cinematic masterpiece, it is certainly an entertaining way to spend an hour and a half.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1988 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes
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    5.2  (7,616)