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Return of the Killer Tomatoes / Return to Horror High (1987)

Cast: Debby Porter, Debby Porter, George Fisher, more...
Director: Bill Froehlich, Bill Froehlich
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Horror, Slashers
Running Time: 192 min.
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In 1982, Crippen High School was the scene of a gruesome series of dismemberment murders, but the killer was never identified. Five years later, Cosmic Pictures arrives at the long-abandoned campus to make a low-budget horror movie based on the tragedy, and suddenly the terror begins anew. The police department arrives at the school to find the building and grounds covered in gore and human body parts, the remains of the unfortunate film crew. The only survivor of this new massacre is the screenwriter, Arthur (Richard Brestoff), who tries to explain the horrifying events to the authorities. The troubled production's leading lady is angered over the demeaning nature of her role, the producer and director argue over the film's lack of artistic merits, and when cast members start disappearing, everyone else assumes that they're just quitting out of disgust. Who is the culprit? Is it the school's principal, appearing as himself in the film for the sake of realism? The janitor, who hopes to parlay his cameo into a pornography career? Or maybe Steven (Brendan Hughes), who was a student at Crippen during the original murder spree and finds himself reluctantly cast as the hero? This self-referential slasher parody features George Clooney in a small part as the film's first victim, and The Brady Bunch's Maureen McCormick as a policewoman with a lust for blood and hot dogs. ~ Fred Beldin, All Movie Guide

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Clooney Time (early edition)! by talltale September 10, 2006 - 1:13 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Feeling the need to return to RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES, if only to check out George Clooney, whom I remember being pretty good (even though I had no idea at the time that he WAS George Clooney), I watched this utterly silly movie again. And giggled a lot--if maybe a bit less that the first time I saw it.

Regarding "Return to Horror High," I only managed to last out until Clooney's character gets "offed" (no spoiler; he's the first to go). My life (unfortunately) just doesn't provide enough extra time to watch much camp trivia. However, an interesting note does occur when Clooney, playing an actor in the latter film, says he must leave it because he just got a part in a TV series. Semi-soon after, I believe, the world was graced with E.R.

Teenager loves Tomato . . . by Cugat June 9, 2005 - 7:21 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This review is for Return of the Killer Tomatoes.
(Horror High doesn't sound very funny!)
Anyhow, I am a big John Astin fan. In this movie Mr. Astin plays the EVIL doctor and turns tomatoes into everything except salad. The girl lead is BEAUTIFUL! It is a really stupid comedy - translated means hilarious!!! Anthony Starke is as funny as he was in Repossessed. Has to be seen to be believed! No kids! (George Clooney plays Anthony's sidekick, with lots of hair.)

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