KILLDOZER (1974) Reviews of made-for-TV sci-fi trash

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Killdozer – also advertised as Killdozer! – is a 1974 American made-for-TV science-fiction horror film directed by Jerry London from a screenplay written 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) composed the soundtrack 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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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.” The Video Vacuum 

“Once the alien-possessed bulldozer becomes sentiment, it rampages all around this tropical landscape, hunting down roughneck crew members to kill by dozing. Slowly. And stupidly. Though the movie lasts just seventy minutes, Killdozer is lethally lethargic.”Mike “McBeardo” McFadden, Heavy Metal Movies

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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.” 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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Film Facts:

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

The Wisconsin punk band Killdozer was named after the film.

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