Actors: Anthony Starke, George Clooney, Karen M. Waldron
Synopsis: "The Vegetables Of Doom" get a proper Blu-ray release!
If you've never seen a film in the “Killer Tomatoes” series, you will not understand my enthusiasm for this film. After seeing the first film in the series, I realized that I had just watched the worst film I had ever seen yet I loved it. These tomatoes are the ultimate in camp films and they are silly, witless and just plain non-professional yet they provide entertainment and that is one of the main reasons we go to the movies anyway. Now the tomatoes are back and on blu ray.
“The Return of the Killer Tomatoes” takes place ten years after the Great Tomato War when mankind lives in fear of another uprising by them. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen (John Astin) sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating an army of tomato militia men (who just happen look just like regular men). This is the second tomato movie and it follows the 1978 success of the original “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” yet it has its own senseless silliness and leads to two more sequels, two television series and a video game.
Dr. Gangrene, brews a new crop of tomato warriors who can impersonate human beings unless exposed to music. Among these is Tara, a wayward tomato girl who is horrified by the failed experiments her creator so casually discards. She falls for Chad, a pizza deliveryman Chad, who doesn’t understand the good fortune of having a hot girl land in his lap and who has no idea of how to relate to her. The have conflicting views on the rights of tomatoes and this threatens to drive them apart, especially once she’s discovered to be harboring a fuzzy tomato.
What I think some people do not understand about these tomato movies is that they make fun of themselves. Just think about ridiculous the plot line above is. It seems to me that the intention of the filmmakers is to make a movie that it is so bad that it is good. That does not really work here since the movie is so bad. This is a truly awful film and like all such instant cult films, it is cynical about its badness. The movie ends with a song— “Big Breasted Tomatoes Take their Tops Down.” I honestly cannot think of a sentence to follow that.
This release is filled with special features:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
– Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
– Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver