Killer Tomatoes Eat France
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|Killer Tomatoes Eat France|
|Directed by||John De Bello|
|Produced by||John De Bello
J. Stephen Peace
|Written by||John De Bello
J. Stephen Peace
|Music by||Rick Patterson|
|Edited by||Beth Accomando|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures
20th Century Fox
|Running time||94 minutes|
Killer Tomatoes Eat France!, was released in 1991 as the third and most recent sequel to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Like its predecessor, Killer Tomatoes Strike Back, it was a direct-to-video release. The film had been intended as the third in the series according to Return of the Killer Tomatoes, but was replaced as the third film by Killer Tomatoes Strike Back. It is the final film made by New World Pictures before their sale to News Corporation in 1997. Because the movie was co-produced with corporate successor 20th Century Fox, (1997 merger), this is the only New World film whose rights are solely owned by 20th Century Fox.
Dr. Mortimer Gangreen (John Astin) escapes from prison and has set up a base at his assistant Igor's 'Really Big Castle' located outside Paris, France, and he is still bent on global domination. Using his Killer Tomatoes, Gangreen plans to stage a second French revolution according to an old prophecy written by Nicodemus, in which the king of France (Louis XVII) will return to claim the throne. The only image of Louis XVII shows that he bears a close resemblance to Igor (Steve Lundquist), and Gangreen plans to use this to his advantage to have Igor impersonate Louis XVII to claim the throne.
As the Killer Tomatoes begin their attack on France, hoping to reach the outskirts of Paris, the true King returns, and faces a showdown with Igor as to who shall rightly become king. With the help of Michael and Marie, Louis triumphs, and Gangreen escapes in a tomato-shaped hot-air balloon, planning revenge and swearing to return in the next movie.
- Marc Price as Michael
- Angela Visser as Marie
- Steve Lundquist as Igor and Louis XVII (dual role)
- John Astin as Professor Gangreen
- Rick Rockwell as Ze Captain
- Kevin West as the Concert Emcee
- Eileen Bowman as the Tour Guide
The film hams up French stereotypes (including references to eating snails), however interestingly it appears to condone the actions of French Monarchist groups like Nouvelle Action Royaliste. There are several people being shown attempting to prove themselves as the true Queen of France, and the female lead is heard saying: "The French Revolution was a big mistake."
The characters of Zoltan, Kethuck and Viper are borrowed from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series, but are given completely different appearances. Zoltan was redesigned with an eyepatch and various stitching over his body, Ketchuck was refined as a Larry Fine character and was no longer drooling and obese like his cartoon counterpart, and Viper was based on a similar character, Fang, another snake-based tomato.
Differences from previous Killer Tomatoes films
Several points in this movie were different than those made in the first three Killer Tomatoes films. Most notable is the fact that the tomatoes speak fluent English, whereas in all other movies it was proven they had their own language. Additionally, vegetables and fruits were shown to be sentient without Gangreen's help, whereas it was only via Gangreen's experiments that they were shown to become sentient.