Schlocktoberfest 2K15 Day 8: Killdozer (1974)

8 tons of destruction summed up in the most awesome piece of promotional artwork ever!
8 tons of destruction summed up in the most awesome piece of promotional artwork you’ll ever see!

Synopsis: 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.

Killdozer the story of one lone bulldozer’s plight as it rises up against the tyranny of his human operators so that all giant construction machinery can be treated as equals. This is an underlying plot device that should have been one of the key focal points behind the little bulldozer that kills sweeping the 1974 Emmys. Regardless of not having achieved such prestige or the fact that the makers of this TV movie were probably strung out on cocaine when they stumbled across the 1944 Theodore Sturgeon novella Killdozer is based on all it takes is a little craftiness and three decades worth of word of mouth and boom the next thing you know – instant cult classic! As weird as it sounds there is an interesting set of dynamics that reminded me of John Carpenter’s The Thing – a group of people are isolated from the rest of the world encounter an otherworldly presence don’t want to believe what they are witnessing and eventually succumb to fear and desperation. The execution lacks significantly as the interactions between the remaining workers hiding from the Killdozer’s wrath are duller than a butter knife its only when the destructive carnage takes place that the camp level dials in all the way to eleven.

Recommended by my good friend over at Fringe Void I found this to be mildly entertaining and while I wouldn’t call it a definitive cult classic (there’s no really memorable lead characters apart from the Killdozer itself or any one-liners that will be forever imprinted on pop culture) Killdozer still is suggested viewing considering this could very well be the trendsetter of the machines seeking revenge against humanity genre. As as a majority of movie goers nowadays are dead set against remakes Killdozer is begging for one. I’d just tweak the story a bit and move the setting from an island to the mainland and in an even more awesome didn’t see it coming moment have the Killdozer face off against another Killdozer influenced by Marvin Heemeyer‘s design. On the other hand that much chaotic awesomeness might make the universe implode so maybe hold off on that idea Hollywood.

Final Grade: B-

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