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Killdozer (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  2 February 1974 (USA)
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A small construction crew on an island is terrorized when some strange spirit-like being takes over a large bulldozer, and goes on a killing rampage.



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Cast overview:
Lloyd Kelly
Carl Betz ...
Dennis Holvig
Chub Foster
James Wainwright ...
Jules 'Dutch' Krasner
Mack McCarthy
Al Beltran


Construction workers building an airstrip on a small Pacific Island encounter an ancient non-material lifeform which has lived in the ruins of an ancient temple for millenia. The entity is of course malevolent and commandeers the earthmoving equipment to the general detriment of all concerned. Written by Bill Leue <>

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Six men ... playing a deadly game of cat and mouse ... With a machine that wants to kill them. See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi






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2 February 1974 (USA)  »

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The film later gained renewed interest and ultimately cult status when it was the subject of in-jokes on both Beavis and Butthead and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. See more »


The crew is located on an island several miles off the coast of Africa, but in a scene where the bulldozer is lurking in the bushes, traffic can be seen moving along a highway in the background See more »


Mack McCarthy: Okay, sweetheart! Destroy!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) See more »

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Entertaining Mid-1970s TV Movie
21 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Killdozer" is a very entertaining TV movie from 1974, telling the story of a construction crew on a remote island (that looks a lot like southern California). The men must fight for their lives against a huge bulldozer controlled by a murderous alien force. The silly premise is made watchable by a good cast, lots and lots of action, an intelligent screenplay, and fine (if TV-style) direction.

A D9 bulldozer strikes a strange-looking rock, whereupon a mysterious alien force (shown as a blue light) is transferred to the 'dozer. The big machine soon has a mind of its own, destroying the construction workers' camp and proceeding on an orgy of killing and destruction. Good acting work by Clint Walker, Carl Betz, and Neville Brand help uplift the proceedings. Watch for a very young (and skinny) Robert Urich, who only survives the first few minutes of the movie before being scorched by alien radiation. The other workers are methodically wiped out until only two are left.

The Killdozer does its homicidal work with much enthusiasm, revving its engine, emitting black diesel fumes, waving its huge blade, frantically moving its control levers, and flashing its lights. The climactic "Killdozer death scene" is pretty good, as Walker lures the violent 'dozer to its death—or at least the death of the alien force.

In summary, I think this film is very good but I have a few other items to discuss. I saw this movie 31 years ago, and I'm still wondering how a 50-ton machine with a roaring diesel engine which belches huge clouds of black smoke could possibly sneak up on and surprise anyone. But the Killdozer manages to do just that, much to the detriment of the workers. Another issue is the one lesson I learned from this movie: If a maniacal bulldozer controlled by an alien force is lurking about—don't get drunk.

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