|Directed by||Jerry London|
|Produced by||Herbert F. Solow|
|Written by||Ed MacKillop
|Music by||Gil Mellé|
|Cinematography||Terry K. Meade|
|Edited by||Bud Hoffman
|Distributed by||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
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.
- Clint Walker as Lloyd Kelly
- James Wainwright as Dutch Krasner
- Carl Betz as Dennis Holvig
- Neville Brand as Chub Foster
- James A. Watson, Jr. as Al Beltran
- Robert Urich as Mack McCarthy
References to the film
- On Mystery Science Theater 3000, the 'bots ask the armored truck Megaweapon from Warrior of the Lost World if he knew Killdozer.
- After Conan O'Brien mentioned the movie on The Tonight Show, the movie attained cult classic status with over three million hits on YouTube within a week of its mention.
- Wisconsin '80s punk band Killdozer is named after the film.
- The name was appropriated by the media for Marvin Heemeyer's 2004 rampage in an armored bulldozer through the town of Granby, Colorado.