Saturday, February 8, 2014

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

How bad is it? It's intentionally bad, but also unintentionally bad.

Should you see it? Yes, to learn high camp from low camp and because it's the shibboleth of bad films; people who don't watch them always think this is the pinnacle of bad filmdom.

Scene of joke #3 (of 3)
Tomatoes have become dangerous and the President of the U.S. decides to stage a cover-up and to send in a crack team, which includes a guy who runs around with a deployed parachute and a master of disguise (joke 1: he dresses up as Hitler and he's black). Joke 2: Japanese scientist knocks a photo of the USS Arizona into a fishtank. The master of disguise infiltrates the tomato camp and is offered (joke 3): "a leg? a breast?.... an arm?" It's discovered that a terrible song kills the tomatoes, but they nearly get foiled by a giant tomato wearing earmuffs. There's no tension. There's a lot of rolling red balls that are supposed to be tomatoes. The operatic theme song at the start is the best part.

There are (to date) 3 sequels, featuring John Astin. They're actually quite good and are recommended.

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