1990 / Director. John De Bello
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
Director John De Bello persisted with a third KILLER TOMATOES instalment but the well had long run dry. Clearly he had tapped out the gimmick and the result was a forced and pale reflection of the movies that proceeded it. Things went wrong from the opening frame. Gone was the iconic and hilarious opening song and gone were the clever slapstick sight gags. The tomatoes were given faces and the whole thing reeked of desperation. Yep, as stupid as it sounds, the KILLER TOMATOES franchise had jumped the shark. A few more years after the previous events, the killer tomatoes operate under the control of the mad scientist Dr Gangreen. He is now a famous day time talk show host (Jeronahue) and uses his television platform to brainwash the public. With his army of killer tomatoes he sets about ruling the world... again. John Astin returns as Gangreen and kudos to him. He relishes the role and gives what is an otherwise an appalling film some charisma. Lots of the players from the first two movies returned and their presence makes it even more perplexing. The franchise wasn't taken over by studio involvement or newcomers and its own creators were responsible for its demise. Such a shame. A fourth movie was made and I have never seen it. Did it redeem the series or did it sink even lower? Stay tuned because that review is up next.