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Jade and myself both decided to watch 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!' this evening. This was the 1978 original film which includes a cast full of people that you've probably never heard of and many of whom only ever seem to have been in this one film! (At least according to www.imdb.com which shows a remarkable lack of credits for nearly every actor!).

For good reason too it must be said. ow 'Attack...' is considered a cult classic in some circles. A revitalisation of the 'B-Movie' in the 1970's...yada yada yada... well, it is amusing in an 'I'm pretty tired at the moment and this is really bad but still vaguely funny in places'. It falls into a similar camp as Airplane (1980) as far as humour goes, although obviously Airplane et al have refined the art a lot more.

You watch 'Attack...' and can't help wondering if you should round up a group of friends and film your own version of it. I reckon the results would certainly be comparable and it'd probably be a great laugh doing it.

Anyway, I am glad I watched it but I'm not sure if I'll be tracking down it's sequels (one of which, The Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988), apparently features a young George Clooney). The IMDB has it down as an average rating of 4.1/10 and I'd tend to agree. Certainly not the worst film I've seen this year (and the year is still young - pity me please!) but it won't be appearing on any 'Best of' lists come the end of the year either.


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Jan. 29th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Y'know, there is actually a film called Attack of the Giant Moussaka! My friend has it but it's in Greek with French subtitles. I knew I should have learned Greek from my Dad!
Jan. 29th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
Attack of the Giant Mousaka! (2000)
"Around the year 2000, a terrible occurence shocks the city of Athens: a huge piece of moussaka appears on the city streets, spreading panic and death. Everyone keeps wondering: why, where, how, for what reason? But no one can give an answer..."


Jan. 29th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: Attack of the Giant Mousaka! (2000)
There is, apparently, an English language version available (probably just subtitles I'd imagine).
Jan. 29th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: Attack of the Giant Mousaka! (2000)
That's the one! It's really hard to get a copy in English - apparently it's very camp and very funny. :)
Jan. 29th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Attack of the Giant Mousaka! (2000)
I sooooo need to find this for Maria and mock her heritage for it.
Too bad she doesn't like horror/bad scifi films...
Jan. 29th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
return of hte killer tomatoes is....
one of my most favourite movies EVAH.

Far superior to the original and does indeed start a very silly George Cloony.

I'll lend it to you if you like.
yes it''s a b-movie,
yes it's silly
but then it knows it's a b movie and is silly so it goes with the flow.
I mean one of the 'star's is a fluffy aniamatronic oversized tomato.. which tells you the humour level. I personally love it, but then again I do admit to having a very left of centre sens of humour. Actualy scratch that my sense of humour tends to be off the map most times.
Jan. 29th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I've only seen Return of the Killer Tomatoes once. I got to see it for free at a preview showing back when I was at college, almost 20 years ago.

I still vividly remember a few really funny bits from it. They were self-conscious-breaking-the-4th-wall kind of things, but there were also some really funny jabs at product placement in movies, speaking roles in film, and the "big reveal" about one of the characters.

So, yeah, it can't have been -that- bad! Hmmm... maybe I need to rent it...
Jan. 29th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
' and can't help wondering if you should round up a group of friends and film your own version of it.

Felt like that after watching 'Sahun of the Dead' last night. Must remember to buy lottery ticket to fund daft monster movies. Did anyone win the 100 million last night?
Jan. 29th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
Nope. Next Fridays draw is now estimated at around £125,000,000!!!

Here's dreaming! :)
Jan. 29th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
SotD was actually very well made and is a good film.
As to friends, three of mine are in it. :oP
Jan. 29th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't mean to imply that SotD was not a well-made movie. I enjoyed watching it a second time very much indeed. The script is tight, the effects are superb in their simplicity, and the acting is flawless.

I was merely implying that it was so inspiring that it made me want to go out and make my own zombie film with my own mates in it! I have already starred in a small made-by-mates vampire movie, and it is so bad would give 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' a run for its money, but only from lack of proper investment.
Jan. 29th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense.

I hope that wasn't Razor Blade Smile, or was it? ;o)
Jan. 29th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Show some respect!
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a great, GREAT film.

OK, maybe not, but it is one of those films which was spawned/help spawn the Godlike- Troma Films.
The greatest film studio on Earth.

With an operating budget that runs sometimes into hundreds of dollars this low budget company came up with one of the greatest ways of making a film...

1- Find a really, REALLY cool title.
2- Base the movie on the title. Nothing else matters!
Attack is OK. You wanna see low budget, REAL B Movie stuff, then spend your life hunting down these gems...

Surf Nazi's Must Die!
Blondes Have More Guns!
Cannibal! The Musical.
Blood Sisters of Lesbian Sin!
Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters (I and II)
Class of Nuke 'Em High! (I, II and III)
Meat for Satan's Icebox
A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell
Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills
Curse Of The Cannibal Confederates
Dead Dudes In The House
Rockabilly Vampire
Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers
Fertilize The Blaspheming Bombshell
I Was A Teenage TV Terrorist
Maniac Nurses Find Ecstasy
Redneck Zombies

That that is TRUE cinema!
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