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on 11 May 2017
This was a gift
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Some cult films achieve legendary status for being 'so bad it's good', and others because they are gems of films which slipped under the radar of mainstream audiences. Despite sequels, spin off video games and an animated series which was quite popular in the '90s, this late '70s B-movie is still relatively unknown. It would be unfair to call it a bad film, it actually contains some absolutely brilliant comedy moments and the deadpan delivery pre-dates the more popular "Airplane!" by a couple of years.

The premise is simple - tomatoes for a reason only hinted at towards the beginning of the film, are attacking everything around them and threatening humanity. The first tomato attack occurs before the main opening titles roll when we see a screaming woman recoil in sheer terror as a tomato bounces out of the sink and rolls towards her - it's a great tongue in cheek moment which sets the tone for the rest of the film. A series of ridiculous tomato related deaths soon follow, each one is brilliantly absurd and we never actually see the attack, just the sound effect of a tomato in full frenzy and perhaps the reaction of a screeching onlooker. There are pop culture references here with nods to Superman and one of the best Jaws spoofs ever when swimmers are 'attacked' by the least threatening looking tomatoes ever seen, bobbing around in the water.

For the first half of the film the script is genuinely brilliant, it is full of throwaway jokes and there are visual gags aplenty, some are quite subtle ("Steroids" breakfast cereal) but some are more obvious such as the improbably small meeting room where several officials meet to discuss how to deal with the tomato threat. Probably the best running joke in the film is the obviously dubbed Japanese scientist, a great parody of the bad seventies American dubs of Japanese films.

The second half of the film is less impressive and it does start to look as though the whole thing is running out of steam. A genius spoof of the B-movie genre turns into what it was satirising in the first place. The film contains musical numbers, and although they are amusing to start with, the novelty soon wears off.

In a nutshell: The first 45 minutes of this film represents some of the finest film comedy I've seen - silly literal humour which has been done since in better known films, but still not necessarily better than you see here. Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes sets up a completely implausible set of circumstances and commits to it for the duration of the film, if the quality of the humour was maintained into the second half then this would be an easy 5 star film, but you start to lose interest and find yourself hoping that the man versus tomato battle ends swiftly, one way or another.

It has to be said though that you're not likely to see another film where a tomato takes down a helicopter.
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on 28 December 2014
This is hands-down, the worst film I have ever seen.
I bought this because I thought it would be so bad it would be funny.... but it's just really, really bad.
Buy anything else instead!
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on 26 December 2012
I ordered it with his birthday money because he was crazy about killer tomatoes but now he hates this one
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VINE VOICEon 22 November 2007
Tomatoes gone wild consuming unsuspecting humans. Can our government find a solution before it is too late? And will that solution be worse than the red minus?

This is a high budget film but they pocketed most of the money so it would not be pretentious. It was filmed in San Diego, California; this will soon become the location of the avocado jungle of death. Many great actors wanted to play the main parts but they were turned down so that they would not out shine the tomatoes; David Miller got the position of Mason Dixon

This film is so innovative that you will see the themes used over again in many movies to come such as "Mars Attacks." Notice how real the media interviews are; they look just like what you see on TV News today, as they brow beat the victim. And how many times have you see the use of sophisticated music to squelch the savage beasts?

While watching this film a co-watcher took advantage of the situation and snuck up behind to roll tomatoes past me.
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VINE VOICEon 13 October 2006
Tomatoes gone wild consuming unsuspecting humans. Can our government find a solution before it is too late? And will that solution be worse than the red minus?

This is a high budget film but they pocketed most of the money so it would not be pretentious. It was filmed in San Diego, California; this will soon become the location of the avocado jungle of death. Many great actors wanted to play the main parts but they were turned down so that they would not out shine the tomatoes; David Miller got the position of Mason Dixon

This film is so innovative that you will see the themes used over again in many movies to come such as "Mars Attacks." Notice how real the media interviews are; they look just like what you see on TV News today, as they brow beat the victim. And how many times have you see the use of sophisticated music to squelch the savage beasts?

While watching this film a co-watcher took advantage of the situation and snuck up behind to roll tomatoes past me.
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on 28 March 2014
This is not usually my sort of film but it's quite an amusing concept.It's a fun romp with large explosive tomatoes taking revenge on the human race. It's seriously tongue in cheek and there's nothing to offend but if you are in the mood for someting really odd this is the one to watch.
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on 5 March 2013
Taken in context as a classic B movie cult classic, this is entertaining in a Cheddar cheesey way. Grab the popcorn and go.
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on 23 July 2015
Enjoyable film, very comical in places (as long as you remember when it was made), with some tongue-in-cheek "serious" acting alongside some seriously silly effects and sounds. The picture and sound quality of the DVD is good.
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on 29 June 2007
This has to be one of the best B Movies of the 70's, a dumb daft film that invented a whole new genre of horror, Killer Fruit.

Featuring some extremely poor special effects, diabolical scripting and George Clooney's first feature film appearance, AOTKT, is must for any collector of bad films.

If you like the Man with Two Brains, King Kong Lives, The Killer Shrews or Night of the Lepus, you need to add this film to your collection.
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