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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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 <leue@crd.ge.com>

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

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Also Known As:

Rakka inseki no nazo: Kirudôzâ - Kotô no satsujin kikai  »

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The Wisconsin rock band Killdozer took their name from this film nine years later. See more »

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As the construction crew leaves the camp that was destroyed by the bulldozer and drive away, you can see the shadow of the very tall crane the camera is mounted on. See more »

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Lloyd Kelly: The D9er's harmless now. It's outta fuel, racked up there somewhere, so we leave it be and let the company engineers come in and find the bugs in it later.
Dennis Holvig: And if you're wrong?
Lloyd Kelly: Tomorrow's gonna be another tough day.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1991) See more »

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32 people voted this a 1?
24 November 2003 | by (Warminster, PA) – See all my reviews

When I saw the vote record for this title on this site, I was dumbfounded. 32 (the largest number) out of 198 people gave it only a 1!

I remember this film from when it first aired. It was one of the ABC MOVIE OF THE WEEK projects. These were short (2 hours with commercials) films produced with TV series level budgets. This film was based on Theodore Sturgeon's short story about a machine that becomes "possessed" by an electromagnetic alien life-form and turns on its operators.

Because of the budget restraints, these films had to rely more on story than showmanship.

Young Orson Wells would have been right at home working on a project like this. Filmed entirely on location. This film was a thriller where an ordinary object we can take for granted becomes an object of fear – a twist Edgar Allen Poe often used in his works. The film is heavily altered from TS's original because of the low budget. The background story of his version of the fall of Atlantis was unnecessary to the plot, so a different and simpler opening sequence was filmed: a meteor crashing into the Earth 100,000 years ago. John Carpenter would use a similar conceptual opening again years later in his remake of THE THING. This film is a story – not a masterpiece – just a story. And I felt it was a good one.

For that matter, so did most of my friends at the time felt the same way -- it was a popular movie.

How I wish wish wish this was released on DVD!


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