Killer Tomatoes Strike Back

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Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!
Killer Tomatoes Strike Back.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by John De Bello
Produced by John De Bello
J. Stephen Peace
Written by John De Bello
Constantine Dillon
Rick Rockwell
Starring Rick Rockwell
Crystal Carson
Steve Lundquist
John Astin
Music by Neal Fox
Rick Patterson
Cinematography Stephen F. Andrich
Edited by Beth Accomando
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • November 14, 1990 (1990-11-14)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! is a 1990 comedy-horror film. It is the third in the Killer Tomatoes film series, following Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) and Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988), and followed by Killer Tomatoes Eat France (1991). The film is notable in that it is the first time killer tomatoes are shown with faces and was the only killer tomatoes film that did not begin with the traditional Killer Tomatoes score, although remixes play during the film. The film was a direct-to-video release.


Police assistant Lance Boyle is a childish detective who is lumbered with worthless police cases. However, after several murders in a nearby wood that concern Killer Tomatoes, Lance finds himself working alongside Kennedy Johnson, a Tomatologist, to solve the murders.

Nearby, Professor Mortimer Gangreen (John Astin) has begun using subliminal mind control on his talk show, disguised as talk show host Jeronahew. After kidnapping members of the Press and Media, Gangreen and his assistant Igor plot to use his brainwashed Press members, as well as the Subliminal Mind control, to overpower the human race and make the world a planet run by himself and his killer tomatoes.

Following countless killer tomatoes attacks, Lance and Kennedy finally reach Gangrene's hideout, where they must pit themselves against killer tomatoes, brainwashed newsreaders and a giant Bacon, Lettuce and Human sandwich, of which Kennedy may be a part. With help from FT, (Fuzzy Tomato, from Return of the Killer Tomatoes) Lance rescues Kennedy and Gangreen is defeated, left at the mercy of the hungry killer tomatoes.

References to earlier movies[edit]

  • Special Agent Sam Smith is now working in a bar catering to tomatoes. Boyle asks him for a Bloody Mary, referencing the bonfire scene in Attack of The Killer Tomatoes.
  • At Media Appreciation Day Charles White is trampled underfoot, similar to his last scene in Return of The Killer Tomatoes.
  • Police Inspector Finletter is seen carrying several sheets of fax paper, a reference to his parachute in the first film.
  • Mrs. Williams from the first movies is seen trying to open a bank account. Once again being interrupted and confronted by a tomato.

References to other movies[edit]

  • Detectives Boyle and Rude parody the relationship of Riggs and Murthaugh in Lethal Weapons.
  • The first victims of tomatoes is a nude girl and a hockey player. A clear reference to Friday 13th.
  • The Shower Scene from Psycho is parodied in its entirety.


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