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Killdozer (1974)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 2 February 1974
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.

Director:

Jerry London

Writers:

Theodore Sturgeon (teleplay), Ed MacKillop (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clint Walker ... Lloyd Kelly
Carl Betz ... Dennis Holvig
Neville Brand ... Chub Foster
James Wainwright ... Dutch Krasner
Robert Urich ... McCarthy
James A. Watson Jr. ... Beltran
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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 »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killdozer See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Marvel Comics published an illustrated adaptation in "Worlds Unknown" #6 (April 1974) by Gerry Conway, Dick Ayers, Ernie Chan, and Artie Simek. The adaptation drew elements from both the TV Movie and the original Theodore Sturgeon short story that appeared in the November 1944 issue of "Astounding Science Fiction." See more »

Goofs

When Mack hits the meteorite with the bulldozer, it's completely covered with weeds. A moment later when he and Kelly walk up to investigate, there is only one small tumble weed next to the meteorite. See more »

Quotes

Jules 'Dutch' Krasner: Remote control. That's got to be it. That thing is runnin' by remote control. Listen. Listen, you guys. We gotta do something. I mean, something's wrong. Machine's just don't run by themselves. That means there's somebody else on this island. You know, foreign spies or something.
Dennis Holvig: How 'bout a mad scientist?
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Entertaining Mid-1970s TV Movie
21 July 2005 | by mrb1980See 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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