Killdozer – USA, 1974


Killdozer – also advertised as Killdozer! – is a 1974 American made for TV science-fiction horror feature film directed by Jerry London from a screenplay by Ed MacKillop, adapted from a 1944 novella by Theodore Sturgeon.

The movie stars Clint Walker (Snowbeast; Scream of the Wolf), James Wainwright, Carl Betz, Neville Brand (Evils of the NightEaten Alive aka Death Trap), James A. Watson Jr. and Robert Urich.

Gil Melle (Blood Beach; The Sentinel; Embryo) provided the score.

A small construction crew battles the ultimate assassin in this cult classic. Stationed on a small island off the coast of Africa, six men find themselves terrorised when a ruthless life-form takes over a bulldozer and then sets off on a killing rampage. Despite limited fuel, the renegade machine methodically hunts down the men one by one in a full-throttle drive to death…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

Killdozer is one of those classic titles that is talked about reverently by bad movie aficionados everywhere. Finally, I was able to get my hands on a copy and frankly… I’m a bit disappointed.  I know, I know, nothing could’ve lived up to that title, but I was hoping for more.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum 

As a gore film, Killdozer will sourly disappoint. You have to keep in mind that Killdozer is a made-for-TV movie that’s almost four decades old. It was designed to be fast, fun, and ultimately throwaway. But this is a real gem, if you like this kind of forgotten fare. This is b-movie fun with a little bit of darkness thrown in for good measure.” Alan Spencer, Cinesploitation

” … its retro-cool title, and the intense portrayal of mass destruction have endeared this movie to kids and Junkyard Wars addicts alike. In fact, its many fans’ favorite “machine inhabited by evil presence flick.” Michael Karol, The ABC Movie of the Week Companion


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A comic-book adaptation appeared the same year, in Marvel Comics Worlds Unknown #6 (April 1974).

Wisconsin punk band Killdozer is named after the film.

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