Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy/horror film by Four Square Productions. It was written by John DeBello, Costa Dillon, Stephen Peace and produced by John DeBello and Stephen Peace.

Plot Edit

The film opens with a text saying that in 1963 Alfred Hitchcock made a film titled The Birds, and people laughed at it, but when a real bird attack occured in 1975, noone laughed. The next scene is a tomato coming out of a woman's garbage disposal, and it then killed the woman. The police then comes to investigate her death. The woman was covered in so called blood, as one of the officer tastes the so called blood which turned out to be tomato juice.

The killer tomatoes later attack a group swimmers, a tomato kills a motorcyclist, and a man dies by drinking juice made out of a killer tomato. The President's press secretary Jim Richardson tries to convince the public that there's no threat. The president makes a team to stop the tomatoes, led by Mason Dixon. The team includes Sam Smith, a disguise expert, Greg Colburn, a scuba diver, Gretta Attenbaum, an Olympic swimmer and Wilbur Finletter, a parachute-toting soldier.

Sam Smith was sent to spy on the tomatoes, with him disguised as a tomato. Sam blew his cover while eating a hamburger and asking the toamtoes for ketchup. Finletter stays with Mason, while Colburn and Gretta are sent to different sectors. To be added.

Staff Edit

  • Directed by John DeBello
  • Produced by John DeBello, Stephen Peace
  • Music by Gordon Goodwin, Paul Sundfor, John DeBello
  • Sounds by Paul Wear
  • Special effects by Greg Aurer
  • Soundeffects edited by Bob Freeman

Cast Edit

  • David Miller as Mason Dixon
  • George Wilson as Jim Richardson
  • Sharon Taylor as Lois Fairchild
  • Stephen Peace as Wilbur Finletter
  • Ernie Meyers as The President
  • Eric Christmas as Senator Polk
  • Ron Shapiro as Newspaper editor
  • Al Sklar as Ted Swan
  • Jerry Anderson as Major Mills
  • Jack Riley as Von Schauer
  • Gary Smith as Sam Smith
  • John Qualls as Captain
  • Geoff Ramsey as The Stapler
  • Ryan Shields as Tomato
  • Benita Barton as Gretta Attenbaum
  • Don Birch as the Old Man
  • Tom Coleman as the Singing Soldier
  • Art K. Koustik as The FIA Director
  • Jack Nolen as Senator McKinley
  • Paul Oya as Dr. Nokitofa
  • Robert Judd as the Stuntman
  • Byron Teegarden as Dr. Morrison
  • Michael Seewald as 'cameraman'
  • Steve Cates as Greg Colburn, 'the diver'
  • Dean Grell as 'Miss Potato Famine 1922'

Appearances Edit

Monsters Edit

  • Killer Tomatoes
    • Cherry Tomatoes
    • Giant Tomatoes
  • Carrot (shown to be able to move and talk at the end of the film)

Gallery Edit

Main article: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (film)/Gallery.

Videos Edit

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes trailer

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes trailer

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes theme song

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes theme song

Puberty Love

Puberty Love

Director's cut commentary on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Director's cut commentary on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Soundtracks Edit

  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
  • Puberty Love

Trivia Edit

  • The helicopter crash scene was made using a real helicopter, but that scene wasn't meant to be made. The helicopter was supposted to land on the tomato patch, but during the landing the tail of the helicopter struck the ground and the helicopter ended up rotating and crashing. The pilot survived the crash, and after the crash the pilot said that the helicpter was attacked by a "kamikaze" tomato, sarcastically. The scene was later reworked into the finished film.

External Links Edit


  1. "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: An Oral History of the 1978 Film"
Killer Tomatoes series
Killer Tomatoes
Killer TomatoPiranha Killer TomatoF.T.ZoltanKetchuckMummatoBeefsteakFangPhantomatoThe UltimatoLinkJohnny Tomato
Attack of the Killer TomatoesReturn of the Killer Tomatoes!Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!Killer Tomatoes Eat France!
TV Series Episodes
Season 1
Give a Little WhistleAttack of the Killer... Pimentoes?Tomato from the Black LagoonStreets of KetchupTomato Invasion from MarsWar of the WierdsInvasion of the Tomato SnatchersTerminator Tomato from TomorrowCamp CasseroleSpatula, Prinze of DorknessFrankenstem TomatoThe Gang That Couldn't Squirt StraightBeach Blanket Tomato
Season 2
The Ripening DisasterA Rotten ReversalPhantomato of the OperaStemming the TideThe Tomato Worms TurnUltra-tomato IIITomatotransformationThe Great Tomato Wars

The Giant Gila MonsterThe Angry Red PlanetThe Killer ShrewsThe Return of the Killer ShrewsAttack of the Killer TomatoesReturn of the Killer Tomatoes!Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!Killer Tomatoes Eat France!