RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES REVIEWED
“Return of the Killer Tomatoes” was a film that I first encountered on VHS inside an indie pharmacy chain. This wasn’t a great pharmacy, as they went out of their way to cheap out on everything. You’d have a bunch of New World movies, a copy of Annie that looked like it was donated, Defenders of the Earth episode compilation and a rather new copy of House II. I spent my time delving through the New World movies, as it seemed that this place got a discount on those movies. When I first watched it, I appreciated it all the movie within a movie implications, but even that goes away.
By creating a cult sequel to an uber cult film, the makers of this outing had their work cut out for them. Killer Tomatoes hadn’t become a minor brand via the NES tie-in game or the FOX Kids cartoon yet. So, what can you make of the film? It’s a cult mess that tries to poke fun at its original setup with the sensibilities of a ZAZ movie. While that brand of comedy might go over the heads of younger videos, there’s a special hilarity to be had watching tomatoes be turned into people. Films like this getting a Blu release is why I love Arrow to death.
- Image Gallery
- TV Spot
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM Mono
RELEASE DATE: 6/28/16
- Video - 92%92%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
THE VEGETABLES OF DOOM! The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they’re going to have to contend with late ’80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet… Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes! Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen – played with gusto by the great John Astin from TV’s The Addams Family – sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men). Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!