It’s been 30 years since the B-horror film parody “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” hit theaters. Now, after three sequels, two video games and an animated series, Viper Comics’ new horror imprint, Black Mamba Books, is celebrating the cult-classic “Tomatoes” film with a new three-issue miniseries.
Marking the first time that the original film has been adapted for comics when it arrives in stores Oct. 29, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” #1 — written by Dale Mettam with art by Erich Owen — follows the plot of the original “AKT” with a few new touches, including omissions of superfluous material and intensified action during pivotal scenes.
“I wanted to maintain the low-budget vibe, but the movie folks wanted to exploit the lack of budget-constraints, so in part three, the battle is really ramped up,” said Mettam. “Changes needed to be made, but if I stayed true to the spirit of the original, I figured the fans of the movies would forgive me.”
Despite having seen “Return of the Killer Tomatoes” and the “AKT” animated series before writing, Mettam realized he had to do some research when he received his “AKT” assignment from Viper.
“The original movie was one of those things that I thought I’d seen, but actually hadn’t,” recalled Mettam. “So sitting down to watch it was kinda strange, since I knew about the film, was aware of some of the classic scenes and all, but I’d never really seen the film itself.”
“AKT”’s resurgence into comics is a timely one given the planned 2009 release for a new, re-imagined “Tomatoes” film through Second Wind Entertainment by Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, creators of comedy site “Ask A Ninja.” The remake will reportedly be similar to Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” series in tone, differing from the more mild humor of the original film.
(To read more about the upcoming “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” film, head over to MoviesBlog.MTV.com.)
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