Thursday, June 20, 2013

Killdozer (1974)

Director: Jerry London

Starring: Clint Walker, Carl Betz, Neville Brand, James Wainright, Robert Urich, James A. Watson Jr.

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Everyone Knows a Machine Cannot Kill. Except the Machine.

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

This one's been on my radar for over a decade and I finally got around to it.  For as dumb as it sounds it's actually pretty good.  I was reminded of  THE CAR (1977) and DUEL (1971), both of which are better films and would make a great triple feature.  Like DUEL this is a TV movie but with some serious alien-controlled bulldozer action.  Clint Walker (you'll remember him as Posey from THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967) does a fine job as the leader of the team who's trying to figure out how to stop this thing and it's fun seeing Robert Urich in an early role.  The dozer gets a few kills in (nothing gory since this is mid-70s TV) before meeting its fate.  For some strange reason the last few minutes went on longer than expected but by the end (it's only 74 minutes long) it turns out to be a fun little ride.  My only question is how will the survivor(s) explain all of this to the authorities? 

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