Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 April 1988 (USA)
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Crazy old Professor Gangreen has developed a way to make tomatoes look human for a second invasion.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Boumdeay (as Karen Mistal)
Steve Lundquist ...
Charlie Jones ...
TV Sportscaster
J. Stephen Peace ...
Wilbur Finletter (as Rock Peace)
Bob Downs (as Mike Villani)
Frank Davis ...
Harvey Weber ...
John De Bello ...
Charles White / Director
Ian Hutton ...
Gordon Howard ...
Pizza Customer
Rick Rockwell ...
Jim Richardson / Tomato Dealer
Prison Guard / Man in parking lot / SAG representative / Product placement customer / Reporter (as C.J. 'Clark' Dillon)


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 <>

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22 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes: The Sequel  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Chad is escaping from Gangreen's house, the "Rambo Tomatoes" are shooting at him with their automatic weapons, but flashes come out the barrel of only one weapon. The other is being shaken as though it were firing, but no flash comes out the barrel of the weapon. See more »


Professor Gangreen: Igor! Come!
[a handsome blonde man enters]
Igor: Sir, I am happy to respond to your call and...
Professor Gangrene: Oh cut it out! I know you're only hanging around here until something opens up in the TV news field, but do you know how embarrassing it is that a villain of MY stature has an assistant that looks like you?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References High Noon (1952) See more »


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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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