Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

Release Date: November 8, 1978 | DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003



Tomatoes become sentient by unknown means and launch a campaign to wipe out humanity.








If you think the premise of the movie sounds ridiculous, picture a pack of tomatoes attacking swimmers Jaws-style. For years we’ve been killing these innocent creatures for our salads, beverages and to use as a dip for our French fries and now their time has come for revenge. If this movie proves anything, fruits and vegetables can kill you.

The movie is less about the tomatoes and their motives and more about the human reaction when this horrible tomatopocolypse begins. Politicians are inclined to launch a marketing campaign to let people know of the threat and perhaps the inevitability of stopping it. There is even a Senate Sub-Committee meeting to address the threat. The team on the case approaches it with the levity of an “Argo” level operation that just adds to the humor. There is a human assassin sub-plot aimed at the head of killer-tomato task force that complicates the fruit battle. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a spoof of the slasher genre of film and made to be cheesy and ridiculous. The movie achieves its so-bad-its-good goal in spades.

Everything about this movie is awesome. The music, the pacing, the generally ridiculous approach to the threat. The ending is especially good with a massacre set to the song “Puberty Love.” 

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was an extremely low budget film and, as such, corners were cut, but in the grand scheme of killer tomatoes terrifying countryside, what’s a vehicle-sized tomato with wheels between friends? The great thing about the movie is that it’s so ridiculously fun you can watch it with your kids. I first saw it at age 10 or 11 and remember a lot of laughter without any nightmares associated with the work.

Looking for a great horror movie for your middle school aged children to enjoy? Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is the movie for you.

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Title Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Director John De Bello
Actors                Jerry Anderson, Don Birch, Tom Coleman, Art K. Koustik, Ernie Meyers
Length 1 hour and 23 minutes
Rating PG
DVD Release September 23, 2003