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Death Machines (1976)

R | | Action, Thriller | June 1976 (USA)
An evil Oriental Dragon Lady injects three martial arts fighters with a serum that turns them into zombie-like assassins, and she sends them out against her enemies.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ronald L. Marchini ...
White death machine (as Ron Marchini)
Michael Chong ...
Asian death machine
Joshua Johnson ...
Black death machine
Mari Honjo ...
Madame Lee
Ron Ackerman ...
Lt. Clay Forrester
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Blair ...
Jerry
Bob Cori ...
Mike
Philip DeAngelo ...
Rossi
Mary Carole Frederickson ...
Nurse
Chuck Katzakian ...
Mr. Gioretti, crime boss
Colleen Kinsley ...
Adams' daughter
John Lowe ...
Frank Thomas
Felix McGill ...
Capt. Green
George Neal ...
Doyle
Ray Rustigian ...
Tony, chef
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Storyline

An evil Oriental Dragon Lady injects three martial arts fighters with a serum that turns them into zombie-like assassins, and she sends them out against her enemies.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The Ultimate Exterminators . . . See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Release Date:

June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Machine  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The distributor decided to present it as a science fiction movie; the reason behind the futuristic poster of a tower building with teeth. The mastermind scene was also filmed and added to the start. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[three martial arts fighters kill their respective opponents]
Madame Lee: They will do nicely.
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 4 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Devil by the Door
Music by Don Hulette (uncredited)
Lyrics by Terry Chambers
Sung by Denny Brooks
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Deathly dull.
11 May 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Pulling out a gun during a martial arts duel and shooting your opponent would be considered cheating by most, but it is viewed as 'using one's initiative' by Madame Lee ( Mari Honjo), whose elite squad of assassins consists of only the most ruthless killers.

After wiping out the competition, Lee's hit men are hired by crime boss Mr. Gioretti (Chuck Katzakian) who pays for a hit on a karate school. Student Frank Thomas (John Lowe) survives the ensuing massacre, but loses a hand in the process; while he recuperates in hospital, the three killers (the 'death machines' of the title) attempt to finish the job...

A ham-fisted piece of martial arts action trash, Death Machines is blighted by terrible acting, thoroughly unconvincing fight scenes, and really boring storytelling. When a film is this bad, there are bound to be some unintentional laughs to be had (the uncuffing of one of the hit men in the police station; the biker fight; the Italian restaurant owner), but there are not nearly enough of them to counteract the extreme tedium.


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