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You can’t run! You can’t swim! There’s nowhere to hide! The vicious red menace is everywhere!!

UFOs! Bigfoot! Communists! The Government has swiftly dealt with many a crisis… But can it survive the diabolical ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES!? Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the supermarket… you’re face-to-face with terror so bold – so frightening – it has never been seen on-screen before or since.

After a series of bizarre and increasingly horrific attacks, Mason Dixon finds himself leading a “crack” team of specialists to save the planet. But will they be quick enough to save everyone? To save you?

Arriving in 1978 like a tomato splat to the face, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes didn’t simply parody established B-movie conventions … it waged war on all cinema, spitting in the face of any filmmaking conceit that could be remotely called good, creating a movie going marathon of punishment that simply dared you to watch. Some would say that was the point entirely. Intelligent? It just might be after all. –Mike Waison and Jason Ours in Horrorhound, June 2013

  • Screams

    70%
  • Laughs

    83%
  • Production value

    21%
  • BLT

    33%

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Lt. Wilber Finletter:

Parachute expert

J. Stephen “ROCK” Peace

Serving not only as the producer of the movie and playing inept Lt. Wilbur Finletter, Steve Peace was also one of the original writers of the Tomatoes movies. Having already been involved in politics for years before the original movie release, Mr. Peace was elected to the California State Assembly in 1982. He also served as a State Senator, representing the southern areas of San Diego County.

Sam Smith:

Disguise Expert

Gary Smith

Gary Smith not only played disguise expert Sam Smith, he had the character named after him. Originally, his credit was to read “Gary Smith as Gary Smith,” in hopes of saving a few bucks on typesetting. No one has the slightest idea where Gary is today, except maybe Gary, but that’s to be expected from a Master of Disguise. Who else could portray Adolph Hitler and Abe Lincoln in the same movie?

Mason Dixon:

Job Title Withheld

(but hasn’t worked since the Bay of Pigs)

David Miller

The fumbling federal agent, Mason Dixon, was played by first-time actor David Miller. After starring in the Killer Tomatoes® original movie in 1978, Mr. Miller moved to Mississippi with his family. Today, David Miller works with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Lois Fairchild

Reporter at the Times

Sharon Taylor

Sharon was a speech teacher at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California (and a very good one, may we add). In the role of the “girl reporter,” (Can’t say that any more, huh?) she proved adept both intellectually and physically. Who will ever forget her lifting the rather rotund Mason Dixon during their love duet, singing “The First Time I Saw You I Hated Your Guts, I’ve Felt Truer Love For Cigarette Butts?” And they don’t write’em like that anymore, either.

Jim Richardson

U.S. Press Secretary

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Directed by

John De Bello

Writing Credits

written by Costa Dillon, John De Bello, J. Stephen Peace (as Steve Peace) and Rick Rockwell

Cast (in credits order)

David Miller…Mason Dixon
George Wilson…Jim Richardson
Sharon Taylor…Lois Fairchild
J. Stephen Peace…Lt. Wilbur Finletter (as Rock Peace)
Ernie Meyers…The President
Eric Christmas…Senator Polk
Ron Shapiro…Newspaper Editor
Al Sklar…Ted Swann
Jerrold Anderson…Major Mills (as Jerry Anderson)
Don Birch…Old Man
Tom Coleman…Singing Soldier
Art K. Koustik…FIA Director (as Art Koustik)
Jack Nolen…Senator McKinley
Paul Oya…Dr. Nokitofa
John Qualls…Captain
Alan Scharf…Roberts
Gary Smith…Sam Smith
Byron Teegarden…Dr. Morrison
Doug Vernon…Scientist
Dean Grell…Miss Potato Famine of 1922
Jack Riley…Salesman
Von Schauer…Special Appearance
Cindy Charles…Housewife
Joe Price…Detective #1
Gordon Ross…Detective #2
D. Wayne Cyphert…Husband
Efemia Dillon…Wife

Rebecca Birch…Old Woman
Nigel Barber…Guard at Gate
John De Bello…Janitor / Charles White
Paul Abbot…Sergeant
Gregg Berger…Sergeant
Wayne Wynne…Mr. Mikkelson
Chad Demmon…Bobby Drake
Ellen Drexler…President’s Secretary
Burt Miller…The Admiral
Richard Curtis…General #1
Hal Chidnoff…General #2
David Hall…Bruce
Benita Barton…Gretta Attenbaum
Steve Cates…Greg Colburn
Brian Cantwell…Superman
Lydia Hannibal…Receptionist (as Linda Hannibal)
James De Bello…Deaf & Blind Cop
Richard Buresh…Hotel Clerk
Dan Walsh…Billy
Hutch the Dog…Spot the Dog
Riba Nolan…Lady at Supermarket
Costa Dillon…Man in Library (as C.J. ‘Clark’ Dillon)
Mike Niederman…Soldier at Phone
Jim Hess…TV Reporter
D.J. Sullivan…Mrs. Williams

rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oscar Granquist…Dinner Guest
Dana Ashbrook…Boy on Boat (uncredited)
Gordon Browning…Cigar-Smoking Senator (uncredited)
Patrick Browning…Boy in Chair Reading (uncredited)
Elissa Groh…Biker’s Screaming Girlfriend (uncredited)
Randee Lynne Jensen…Stadium Crowd (uncredited)
Marc Sandknop…Boy in Crowd (uncredited)
Ralph Waxman…UPS Man (uncredited)
Donna Woodrum…Stadium Crowd (uncredited)

Produced by

Michael Bard Bayer….associate producer (2003 special edition)
John De Bello….producer
J. Stephen Peace….producer (as Steve Peace)
Mark L. Rosen….producer (uncredited)

Original Music by Gordon Goodwin and Paul Sundfor
Cinematography by John K. Culley
Film Editing by John De Bello
Costume Design by Costa Dillon (as Constantine James Dillon)

Production Management

Costa Dillon….production manager (as C.J. Dillon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Costa Dillon….assistant director
Costa Dillon….second unit director (as C. James Dillon)

Art Department

Costa Dillon….properties
Jean Hollbrook….art work

Sound Department

Paul Wear….sound

Special Effects by

Craig Berkos….special effects
Robert Matzenauer….special effects
John Eggett….pyrotechnician (uncredited)

Visual Effects

Roger Dorney….optical camera (uncredited)

Stunts

Billy Reil Sr…..stuntman

Camera and Electrical Department

Craig Berkos….grip
Steve Cates….gaffer
Steve Dillon….grip
Pete Hoffman….assistant camera
Robert Matzenauer….key grip
Julian Pena….grip
Mike St. James….grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Cheryl Peace….costume designer: tomato costume

Editorial Department

Robert Matzenauer….assistant editor (as Bob Matzenaur)

Music Department

John De ….composer: theme music
John De Bello….music editor

Other crew

Craig Berkos….miniaturization
Costa Dillon….all purpose bit player (as ‘Clark’ Dillon)
Costa Dillon….location scout (as Constantine J. Dillon)
Robert Matzenauer….chief tomato maker
Robert Matzenauer….giant tomatoes (as Bob Matzenaur)
Barbara Muir….talent coordinator
Beth Reno….production accountant