John DeBello on Killer Tomatoes, Sour Grapes and the legend of Charles White

The filmmaking career of John DeBello (above, photo by Laura Embry for the San Diego Union-Tribune) began with a splat: the legendary no-budget horror spoof ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES! Ten years later he returned for three TOMATOES sequels, and served as Executive Producer on the popular animated series adaptation.

The making of the original film has been well chronicled – this oral history from BonAppetit.com is worth a read – but details about the rest of the KILLER TOMATOES franchise are harder to come by. Mr. DeBello was nice enough to take some time out from his current schedule as Principal & Creative Director at Loma Media for a chat about the sequels, the cartoon, and other tidbits from the salad bowl.

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