Killdozer! (film)

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This article is about the movie picture. For the original story, see Killdozer! (story).
Directed by Jerry London
Produced by Herbert F. Solow
Written by Ed MacKillop
Theodore Sturgeon
Starring Clint Walker
Music by Gil Mellé
Cinematography Terry K. Meade
Edited by Bud Hoffman
Fabien Tordjmann
Distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release dates
  • February 2, 1974 (1974-02-02)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States

Killdozer! is a 1974 made for TV science-fiction/horror movie, adapted from a 1944 novella by Theodore Sturgeon. A comic-book adaptation appeared the same year, in Marvel Comics Worlds Unknown #6 (April 1974).


An ancient meteorite crashes onto the Earth's surface. Sometime later, six construction workers begin work building an airstrip for an oil drilling company at the crash site, on an uninhabited island off the coast of Africa.

Foreman Kelly (Clint Walker) and bulldozer driver Mack (Robert Urich) uncover the meteorite, which emits a strange sound. When the bulldozer (a Caterpillar D9 in the movie, a Caterpillar D7 in the novella) is used to try to shift the meteorite, it emits a blue light and seems to possess the bulldozer. Mack, standing nearby as this occurs, falls ill and then dies. Chub (Neville Brand), the team's mechanic, cannot find anything wrong with the bulldozer, but can hear the odd sound from the blade. Kelly orders that the bulldozer not be used.

Beltran (James A. Watson, Jr.) ignores the prohibition and starts the bulldozer, bringing it to malevolent life. It destroys the camp's only two-way radio and begins a rampage, killing the workers one by one. It seems to run indefinitely in spite of a limited fuel capacity. The machine has some rudimentary intelligence and guile, and hunts down the men.

The crew is soon reduced to just Kelly and Dennis (Carl Betz). Running out of options they jokingly convict the bulldozer of murder and devise methods of 'executing' it. Too heavy to hang, too big for the gas chamber... until they realize it might be electrocuted. They lure it to a trap consisting of steel Marsden Matting (used for constructing temporary runways during World War II) connected to a generator.

As the bulldozer is electrified, the alien entity emerges as an aura around the machine, then finally fades. The men shut down the power and check the blade: no sound. Kelly realizes his story will not be believed as he is a recovering alcoholic - and this job was his last chance to redeem himself.


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