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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Special Collector's Edition) (1978)

Jerry Anderson , Don Birch  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Anderson, Don Birch, Eric Christmas, Tom Coleman, Art K. Koustik
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Rhino Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1OEP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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Movie Description Music, comedy and spoof horror are all combined in this uniquely low-budget attack on conventional horror movies. When a high-level government experiment goes terribly awry a group of giant, mutated tomatoes roll through suburbia on a spree of mayhem and murder. Credits Cast: Bill Priester, Jack Riley Details Edition: Special Collector's Edition Notes DVD Features: Region 1 Keep Case Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo - English Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary Deleted Scenes Featurettes

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

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting Expectations June 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What so many people don't realize is that Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was made to be bad. It was written as a cheesy satirie of a silly genre of films. I think it achieved that. The expectations were met. There are two classic scenes: The Japanese scientist being dubbed and the slow speed car chase. They both stand out in my mind. A bit of trivia: The helicopter crash early in the movie was real. They didn't plan on it crashing, but got it on film. Nobody was hurt, but the helicopter was obviously destroyed. Jack Riley (the future Mr. Carlin on the Bob Newhart Show) was in it when it crashed.
Finally: The guy in the Arab outfit in the final scene was me. I wonder why my career didn't take off after that? Oh, well.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great--BUT!! WARNING!!! Don't buy Director's Cut! October 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is a classic goofball flick: you'll love it or hate it. I love it!
I am mainly writing this as a warning about the "Director's Cut" version of the film that Disney released. Viewers should be warned, this is not good! It's true that a cut scene or two is added back in...but the payoff isn't worth the price. The movie is interrupted several times for comments from the director!!!!! And they cut out the Advertising song!!!!! ("They sell, they buy, and only I know why!") Try to find a full copy, the restored scene is feeble, and isn't worth the interruptions and loss of the terrible, terrible song.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy cult classic September 11, 2004
No sense in making fun of the script - the plot couldn't possibly work. No sense making fun of the special effects - you can see the wheels on some of the tomatoes. No sense making fun of the music - it'll only come back to haunt you in the late hours.

Somehow the over the top kitsch makes this movie a classic. You have to laugh. And watch it again and laugh some more. And watch it again making up drinking games as you go. No wonder it's become a cult classic.

Not a classic quality movie, but a prime example of excellence in the B-cult genre.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest movie EVER. November 30, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie was designed to make fun of every monster movie, every horror movie, every bad B-movie ever made. Along with the tons of humor there are also some serious messages about journalism, commercialism, and politics. But mostly it is about giant tomatoes, song and dance numbers, old fashion cars and characters nobody cares about.

You'll never look the same way at a fruit again. No wonder it had so many movie AND cartoon spin offs. Great theme song!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pretty classy, huh?" "With a capital K" October 2, 2008
By Aberwak
The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (AotKT) is an absolutely hilarious, cheesy, awful (in a good way) movie that makes it fun to watch. The humor comes before similarly classified "bad" movies such as Airplane, but the style works quite well. It takes a seemingly ridiculous ideas of killer tomatoes and makes it into an over-the-top adventure. Many people will probably call it stupid. I'd agree, but that's what makes the entire film hilarious to watch if you share this kind of humor.

For those trying to decide between the two editions, the "25th Anniversary" edition contains no extras, except for the trailer. I'm glad I went for the the "Special colletor's edition," because it's full of lots of good things:

-A duplicate of the original movie poster, 15" by 21"
-Commentary on the movie (with John DeBello, Steve Peace, and Costa Dillon)
-The original 8mm AotKT film (with commentary)
-The 8mm film that inspired the AotKT film
-Sing-Alongs for all of the songs in the movie
-Deleted scenes (with commentary)
-Interviews with the cast and crew, exploring the legacy behind the movies
-"Where are they now?" featurette
-Tomato trivia, information on props and production design

Altogether, it's a pretty nice package that fits onto one disc. I wasn't expecting the poster to be included, which I thought was a really nice touch, and even had it framed. I'd highly recommend this for any AotKT fan.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so bad it's good October 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This has got to be the most bizarre movie I've ever seen, and believe me, I've seen a lot of weirdos. Tomatoes the size of minivans terrorizing the country. I could probably have single-handedly paid all costs for this movie- gives a new meaning to the term "low budget". The director and producer each had about fifteen roles, appeared to have recruited the cast out of their friends and relatives, and must have taken bad hallucinogens while eating a Caesar salad as small children. The movie was deservedly given bad ratings by the reviewers, yet this is the main part of its charm- watch it, laugh, and then groan at the same time. This is such a stinker it's zillions of times more enjoyable than most serious movies given great reviews.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I Don't See the Point

I'll be the first to admit that really bad movies can be really entertaining. That's why some of Ed Wood's movies are so much fun. ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES has long had such a reputation. I decided to give it a try. It was not worth the time or the effort.

Imagine that in a USDA experiment gone wrong, a group of mutant, killer tomatoes gets loose and attempts to wipe out humanity. All of the government's resources are put towards fighting the vicious berries. They are all doomed to failure and it looks like humanity's days are numbered. Finally, in a move that foreshadows MARS ATTACKS by 2 decades, humanity gets the upper hand and defeats the rampaging produce. Along the way, there are problems with politicians, bureaucrats, soldiers, spies and reporters. The idea is silly. I knew that going in.

There are gags in this movie that are funny. There are a few more that are very dated but can be funny if your memory goes back far enough. Mostly, though, it is just too much and goes on for too long at too great an expense of time and money. Others may like it but it paled for me after about 15 minutes. The musical numbers are a complete write off as well.

You have to really like extreme silliness to get much out of this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Killer tomatoes = *5* star cult classic!
This movie has become a cult classic and as such deserves *5* stars.
Many people don't understand this movie and what it is trying
to portray. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Devils.Advocate666
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie =)
Published 2 months ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic. Had to have it.
Could not resist.
Published 3 months ago by J.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
This was a gift for my future father-in-law and he loved it! I got it at a great price and received it quickly. He loves the movie and is thrilled I was able to find it!
Published 3 months ago by Lacey Stefan
4.0 out of 5 stars funny in a weird way
Bought the DVD for my daughter and her friends who all have the type of sense of humor that this type of movie appeals to
Published 7 months ago by c5powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Other comedies still trying to ketchup
This review is for the Special Collector's Edition. All versions seem crammed into this one review page, not all are equal. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Raythesane
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
Well maybe not, but I love this movie. With a song titled "Puberty Love", how can you not love this movie. A classic of "B" Movies.
Published 8 months ago by Russelle Mc Connell
2.0 out of 5 stars One-Joke Movie
This is not, as some may presume, a bad horror film; but a spoof of bad horror films.

The title is very funny. The opening theme song is funny and catchy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eric Perlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Find one and keep it!
It as a classic of classics and very hard to find a new copy. I have found used copies at yard sales, but they were worn out by overuse. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars So Stupid It's Funny!!
This is an absolutely ridiculous movie, but it is still fun to watch just because it is so stupid and cheaply made. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Norman Marek
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