MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,910 this week

Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  22 April 1988 (USA)
5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 4,840 users  
Reviews: 39 user | 20 critic

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

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 39 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 13 Oct 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 17 Mar 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 06 May 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Return of the Killer Tomatoes!.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A few years ago, a mysterious serial-killer caused panic on Crippen High School. The killer was never caught. A movie company, Cosmic Pictures, has decided to make a feature movie about ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Froehlich
Stars: Richard Brestoff, George Clooney, Vince Edwards
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A middle-aged woman frees herself from the spirit-crushing influence of her husband by refusing to remember what her age is. Her husband works long hours as an advertising executive and ... See full summary »

Directors: Alfredo Ringel, Deborah Ringel
Stars: Diane Salinger, John Calvin, Colleen Camp
Red Surf (Video 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Remar and Attila are a couple of surfers who also deal drugs to make a living. They are trying to set up a final deal with local drug lord, Calavera, when their friend True Blue is busted ... See full summary »

Director: H. Gordon Boos
Stars: George Clooney, Doug Savant, Dedee Pfeiffer
The Harvest (1992)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A screenwriter is sent to Mexico to develop a story that can be used to wrap up a movie presently in production. Given a very short time allotment, the writer immerses himself in the ... See full summary »

Director: David Marconi
Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Leilani Sarelle, Henry Silva
Sunset Beat (TV Movie 1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Pilot for the short-lived police drama involving a team of young Los Angeles undercover cops posing as bikers to nail street crime.

Directors: Bill Corcoran, Sam Weisman
Stars: George Clooney, Michael DeLuise, Markus Flanagan
Frankenhooker (1990)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street hookers.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen
Happy Hour (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A chemist experimenting with different formulas stumbles upon an ingredient that, when added to beer, makes it absolutely irresistible. Before he realizes it, an international spy is after ... See full summary »

Director: John De Bello
Stars: Jim Parrott, Richard Gilliland, Kathi Diamant
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated tomatoes that KILL!

Director: John De Bello
Stars: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor
Animation | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A group of people thwart a mad scientist trying to take over the world with evil mutated tomatoes that he can change into people.

Stars: John Astin, Christian Guzek, Kath Soucie
Bennett Brothers (TV Movie 1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Sitcom pilot about two brothers who are complete opposites, sharing an apartment.

Director: Will Mackenzie
Stars: George Clooney, Richard Kind, Alan North
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Stars: Jessica Steen, George Clooney, Andrew Lauer
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Sid
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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Severe panic! Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the greenhouse... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Killer Tomatoes: The Sequel  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On the wall behind Wilbur, just before he starts the flashback in his pizza shop, is a newspaper clipping praising Wilbur. The newspaper is the Daily Bugle. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Shopper: Valerian root powder!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Costa Dillon, who plays several characters, is credited as C.J. "Clark" Dillon for the first few, and then as "Dillon again, who else" and "Guess who?" See more »

Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Hollywood's Hot List (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme From Return of the Killer Tomatoes
Written and Performed by Rick Patterson and Neal Fox
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best line in the whole movie... greennuns
One of the greatest scenes in film history... SeanOBackHair
Better than the first luke_bannon
Song? bmcds
what happened mylastbreath913
...and social commentary, too! arabushk
Discuss Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?