Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1977)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American comedy science fiction film directed by John De Bello.

Plot Summary

San Diego is over-run by giant killer .


Directed by: John De Bello
© 1978 Four Square Prods
Four Square Productions presents. Killer Tomato Enetrtainment, Inc.
Produced by: J. Stephen Peace and John De Bello
Written by: Costa Dillon, John De Bello, Steve Peace
Based on the best-selling novel The Tomatoes of Wrath
Cinematography by: John K. Culley
Score Composed by: Paul Sundfor and Gordon Goodwin and performed by the Four Square Symphony Orchestra
Sound: Paul Wear
Costume Designer: Constantine James Dillon
Special Effects: Greg Auer
Giant Tomatoes: Rob Matzenauer

David Miller (Mason Dixon)
George Wilson (Jim Richardson)
Sharon Taylor (Lois Fairchild)
“Rock” Peace (Lt Wilbur Finletter)
Ernie Meyers (president)
Eric Christmas (Senator Polk)
Ron Shapiro (newspaper editor)
Al Sklar (Ted Swann)
Jerry Anderson (Major Mills)
Robert Matzenauer as the key grip and chief tomato-maker
Don Birch (old man)
John Qualls (captain)
Tom Coleman (singing soldier)
Alan Scharf (Roberts)
Art Koustik (FIA director)
Gary Smith (Sam Smith)
Jack Nolen (Senator McKinley)
Byron Teegarden (Dr Morrison)
Paul Oya (Dr Nokitofa)
Doug Vernon (scientist)

Alternative Titles

O Ataque dos Tomates Assassinos – Brazil, Portugal
A Gyilkos paradicsomok támadása – Hungary
Angriff der Killertomaten – West Germany
Atak pomidorów zabójców – Poland
El ataque de los tomates asesinos – Spain
Attaque des tomates tueusesl – France
Mördartomaterna anfaller – Sweden
Pomodori assassini – Italy
Tappajatomaattien hyökkäys – Finland

Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)
Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! (1991)
Killer Tomatoes Eat France! (1992)



  • We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.18-29 – illustrated article (Killer plants: A potted history by Jules Boyle)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.339
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.114-115; 218 – review; credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.16-17
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.16 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.36-37 – credits, synopsis, review