Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s I’ve watched a ton of cartoons so of course I was exposed to a lot of commercials. One of them was for this cartoon called Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and it was advertised via a sing-along. What I didn’t know at the time was that this cartoon was based on a movie series that I never bothered to watch until recently. I was expecting a b-grade horror movie, but what I got was something completely different.
Tomatoes have started attacking humans and it’s up to an unemployed doofus named Mason Dixon (yes) and a group of other doofuses to stop them.
This movie is a comedy disguised as a horror movie. The movie was hated by critics when it came out for obvious reasons. Once you take a look at the movie for what it is, you’ll find that it one of the funniest movies you’ll ever see in your life. Hell, Director John De Bello said in the DVD special features that he set out to make a bad movie.
Is it a bad movie? Yes. Nothing makes sense, the acting is laughable and…hell, everything about this movie is laughable. And that’s what makes it great. This is a so bad it’s good movie that succeeds in making people laugh. Do you really think a movie about killer tomatoes that features songs and main lead named Mason Dixon would be anything but funny?
Some of the funny bits are the Japanese scientist whose voice is badly dubbed into English (making fun of the badly dubbed Japanese movies that came out at the time) a drummer boy following the band of doofuses, a paratrooper who is always dragging his parachute everywhere and a large band of people which includes the San Diego Chicken squashing tomatoes.
What else is there to say about this? If you love movies that are so bad they’re good and want to laugh your ass off at everything that happens in the movie then this is your movie. It made me a fan.