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Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

 -  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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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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Return of the Killer Tomatoes: The Sequel  »

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At the end of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978), the beginnings of a carrot uprising are seen. At the end of this film, two carrots with machine guns grace the final scene of the film. This continued through the rest of the series. See more »

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As Chad is talking to the tomato, the clock reads 1:52 am. The scene cuts to a close up of the Fuzzy Tomato and the clock reads 2:10 am. Then, it goes back to a shot of Chad talking to the tomato and the clock is at 1:53 am. The very end of the scene, the clock now reads 2:13 am. See more »

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Near the end of the end credits, Bob Downs and Sid talk about what a crummy movie it was, then a voice says "All right, who let the carrots on the stage?" Bob says "Hey! You carrots can't be here..." and is cut off by gunshots and screaming. The credits end and Bob and Sid are lying dead. Two carrots holding machine guns and dressed as Rambo step out and say "There is no movie tommorow." Then Prof. Gangreene starts laughing and says "See you in France!" 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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