Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978): John DeBello’s Spoof of B-Movies

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, an uneven spoof of B movies, combines parodic elements of musicals, comedies, and horror pictures.

Produced by J. Stephen Peace and John DeBello, and directed by John DeBello, it was based on an original idea by Costa Dillon. The screenplay, written by Dillon, Peace, and DeBello, deliberately includes silly, even inane lines.

Made on a miniscule budget of less than $100,000, the tale centers on tomatoes that become sentient by some unknown means, and as a revenge, revolt against humanity.

The creators try, perhaps too hard, to be funny, ridiculous, and absurd in their calculated effort to make a cult midnight movie.

The film’s popularity led to three sequels, co-written by the same writers and directed by DeBello.

Running time: 87 Minutes