Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

The South Bay Historical Society and FILM FORUM join forces to present a free, 41st anniversary screening of the 1978 cult film “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street, Chula Vista on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

And guess what? The original co-producers Steve Peace and Costa Dillon will be there! After the screening, they will give a short talk.

The film was intended to be a spoof of the “schlocky” low-budget sci-fi B-movies of the1950s and ’60s. It tells the tale of a group of scientists who band together to save the world from mutant “Killer Tomatoes”. Learn the story behind the making of this musical-comedy-horror film with a discussion after the film.

Fun facts about this legendary local film: it was the first movie allowed to be filmed in the lobby of the Westgate Hotel; the explosions for the film were created by Greg Auer, who had just finished doing the pyrotechnics for a new film called “Star Wars”; the book that the film was based on, “The Tomatoes of Wrath,” has been banned in most libraries and is now nearly impossible to find; the film has been dubbed “The Worst Vegetable Movie Ever Made”; and the sequel, “Return of the Killer Tomatoes”, featured a young, unknown actor named George Clooney.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chula Vista Library and the City of Chula Vista Visual and Performing Arts Grant. The film runs for 1 hour and 23 minutes and is rated PG.

Get ready to laugh and learn about our local history at the same time. To read more about this film, read this 2013 article in Bon Appetit.

Chula Vista Public Library Auditorium

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