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Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

Crazy old Professor Gangreen has developed a way to make tomatoes look human for a second invasion.

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Tara Boumdeay (as Karen Mistal)
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Mad scientist Professor Gangreen is cooking up the second coming of the Great Tomato Uprising, in which music converted tomatoes into human form to war against mankind. Pizza delivery man Chad Finletter must save the world and beautiful tomato-girl Tara. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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They were out for blood, and rotten to the core. Now they're back ... See more »

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Gary Condit: a patron in the pizzeria. J. Stephen Peace, who co-wrote and co-produced the film, was a friend of Condit, and both were members of the California State Assembly. Former US Congressman Condit became a household name in 2001, when Chandra Levy, his intern and mistress, disappeared. See more »

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As Chad talks to the Fuzzy Tomato, the clock says 1:52 am. The scene cuts to a close-up of the Fuzzy Tomato, and the clock says 2:10 am. When the camera moves back to Chad, the clock says 1:53 am. The very end of the scene, the clock says 2:13 am. See more »

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Tara: I speak perfect English. I also cook 815 international dishes, perform 637 sexual acts, use all the popular home appliances. Shall I cook you something.
Chad Finletter: No. Thank you.
Tara: How 'bout a blow job, maybe iron your pants?
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The credits display in the opposite order than what is standard in the movie industry. Smaller contributors such as stage hands and supporting crew are listed first whereas the main cast aren't mentioned until the very end. Even the musicians are mentioned before the cast, appearing just before the mid-point, rather than near the end like in most movies. See more »

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Spoofs First Blood (1982) See more »

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Main Theme From Return of the Killer Tomatoes
Written by John De Bello and C.J. Dillon
Performed by Rick Patterson and Neal Fox
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Made me laugh so much I had a side stitch
22 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Picking up a couple of years after the original, tomatoes are now banned - which has ruined the pizza industry - and the unseen mad scientist who chalked up those giant killer tomatoes in the first film, Dr. Gangreen (John Astin) is up to his old tricks again, only this time he's using music to make tomatoes into people, and depending on the type of music being played, that determines who/what the tomato becomes. Playing sexy jazz music produces sexy blond tomato women, playing Salsa music produces Carmen Miranda, playing Church music produces the Pope, playing pop produces either a pre-white Michael Jackson look-a-like or a Don Johnson look-a-like, or if you play rock music, you get big, burly military tomato men.

As Charlton Heston's character from "Soylent Green" would say: "The killer tomatoes are PEOPLE!"

Our hero, Chad Finletter(Anthony B. Starke) falls for the attractive one time tomato Tara (Karen Mistal). Unfortunately, Tara can be changed back into a tomato whenever she hears a certain musical chord.

Full of gags (like the aforementioned multiple musical interpretations of a tomato) that include a prison dividing its cells between "Really bad guys" and "former political aids", the mime stalking Chad & Tara during their musical montage dating sequence, pot shots at how films have to feature tons of marketing in order to have a budget to get made, pot shots at bad movie marathon hosts and game shows, and let's not forget MY personal favorite, the talking teddy bear that calls out for help when Rock Peace tries to smother it. Film also features a more coherent "plot" (as it were) and served as the blue print for the animated series that later aired on Fox Kids.

Keep an eye out for it. George Clooney makes his film debut as Chad's friend and pizza co-worker Matt.


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