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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.

Director:

Paul Kyriazi

Writers:

Joe Walders (screenplay), Paul Kyriazi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ronald L. Marchini ... White Death Machine (as Ron Marchini)
Michael Chong ... Asian Death Machine
Joshua Johnson Joshua Johnson ... Black Death Machine
Mari Honjo ... Madame Lee
Ron Ackerman Ron Ackerman ... Lt. Clay Forrester
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Blair Edward Blair ... Jerry
Bob Cori Bob Cori ... Mike
Philip DeAngelo Philip DeAngelo ... Rossi
Mary Carole Frederickson Mary Carole Frederickson ... Nurse
Chuck Katzakian Chuck Katzakian ... Mr. Gioletti - Crime Boss
Colleen Kinsley Colleen Kinsley ... Adams' Daughter
John Lowe John Lowe ... Frank Thomas
Felix McGill Felix McGill ... Capt. Green
George Neal George Neal ... Doyle
Ray Rustigian Ray Rustigian ... Tony - Italian Restaurant Owner
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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

Taglines:

Three Different Killers...Three Different Ways To Die! See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Machine See more »

Filming Locations:

Stockton, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 whose dojo is raided by the killers. See more »

Goofs

On the clock movement on the Buddha bomb in the bank president's office the stamped in lettering says "120 V 60 Hz", but the bomb was never seen being plugged into an electrical outlet. 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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Endearing Kung Foolishness
13 April 2011 | by amosduncan_2000See all my reviews

"Death Machines" is a wonderfully precocious bit of bad movie nonsense, director Paul Kyriazi really lets a scene play out to it's conclusion, however unpleasant. There is a scene were two idiots destroy the world's crummiest dive bar. Kyriazi captures the dull poignancy of this act of stupid violence, it's an idiotic, mean thing to do, but at least they care enough to do it.

The story involves a Dragon Lady (Mari Honjo, in a one shot performance of a lifetime Carol Burnett could not touch) who are developing some machine like marital arts killers for use by an evil syndicate, problems arise when the killers learn to think for themselves. There's a pair of refreshingly plain lovers who are only trying to find a little happiness in a world where Death Machines come along and run right over you. A not by the book cop tries his best against all odds.

it's really hard for me to imagine how someone could not enjoy "Death Machines." It is quite cheap, and the final freeze frame suggest they just ran out of time and money and couldn't finish the credits.


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