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Death Machines (1976)

 -  Action | Drama  -  June 1976 (USA)
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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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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 ...
Bob Cori
Philip DeAngelo
Chuck Katzakian ...
Mr. Gioretti, crime boss
John Lowe ...
Frank Thomas
George Neal
Ray Rustigian
Frank Wilbur


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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Deadly Assassins Trained To Kill On Command! See more »


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

June 1976 (USA)  »

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Death Machines  »

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$70,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Asian killer was to be Kung Fu kata champion Eric Lee. But Sam Peckinpah had invited him to work on The Killer Elite (1975) shooting at the exact same time. So Eric took the smaller part of the karate instructor who's dojo is raided by the killers. See more »


[first lines]
[three martial arts fighters kill their respective opponents]
Madame Lee: They will do nicely.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 4 (1997) See more »


Devil By the Door
Lyrics by Terry Chambers
Sung by Denny Brooks
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The worst film ever made
4 February 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine bought this film for 25 pence and always said it was the worst film ever made. I didn't think it could be that bad. It is. In England it's on video as The Ninja Murders. There's a Chinese woman with a small mouth who seems to be up to something. Lots of ninjas who don't seem to know kung fu from ballroom dancing go around "attacking" other people who seem to have no purpose in the plot. That is if there is a plot. I'm not convinced.

There's one bit where some ninjas attack a fisherman and he disables them by gently pushing them to one side. We see lots of stock footage of a propellor plane landing. I never knew who was on the plane or why. Or what film this footage came from as I'm sure the production team couldn't afford the hire charge on a plane. The last time we see the plane land there is a blond man hiding. At the end of the film he is revealed as Frank. Well, a woman calls him Frank. I assume he was the hero. I don't recall seeing him do anything during the film and I certainly had no idea he was called Frank.

The most interesting thing about the whole movie is the plot summary on the back of the video casing. It says that a new warlord is gaining power and the old warlord is struggling for survival. Apparently they must "fight to the death before the MAIN BATTLE!!". Well i don't recall any warlords, though I suspect the chinese small-mouthed woman may be the new warlord. And don't bother sitting in great gaping-jawed anticipation for any fight to the death or main battle. What fight to the death? What main battle? The film ends with two men at an airport and then the height of all camera tricks is used to show they are a group of three men not two!! Maybe a great twist ending but as these men were about as familiar to me as Frank I had no idea what it all meant. Actually I have no idea what any of it meant or what was going on. I'm still baffled.

The great thing about this film is that you couldn't possibly make a worse film. Even if you tried so hard to make a film on a shoestring budget that was so bad it was unwatchable it would be like The Godfather in comparison to this pile of pants. I would conclude my review with words representing such abominable appallingness that I won't even bother. Avoid at all costs

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