Saturday Frights

Saturday Frights: Killdozer (1974)

Hello, dear viewers. You seemed to quite enjoy last week’s television film offering of Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell. So I took the liberty of securing a film print for another popular made-for-television feature for your viewing pleasure known as Killdozer.

Originally broadcast by the National Broadcasting Company on February 2, 1974 the story concerns a group of construction workers tasked with creating an airstrip for an oil drilling company on an island located near Africa. Unbeknownst to the crew a meteor had fallen from the heavens and buried itself deep in the ground many thousands of years before their untimely arrival, awaiting the day it’s evil could be freed…to become the Killdozer. Heh, heh, heh.

Will any of the crew be able to survive the onslaught of this unexpected mechanical monster? I suggest you gather your loved ones together, dim those lights…yes…even that one you left on in the bathroom and learn the answer as we view Killdozer.

[Via] anythingoestheater’s channel

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3 thoughts on “Saturday Frights: Killdozer (1974)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Yessss! Vehicular-possesion mayhem is one of my favorite themes!
    And this one is perfect for an evening’s enjoyment of mechanical monstrosities going berserk.

    Let the engines rev and the corn pop!

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Well, I could look up a list on IMDB or such, but the thing about huge lists is that it kinda spoils the surprise of that lifelong journey of a movielover, stumbling onto an unseen genre title from the past – when you least expect it – that brings sudden joy to the day (and a new quest to queue up that title, by whatever means).

    Having said that, I gotta point out I was raised in an era of daily Hot Wheels gazing, weekly TV car stunt watching, yearly catching-of as many hot rod flicks as humanly possible.

    So, while I’d start with a cop-out and:
    – Duel
    It would be cuz, although a human driver is implied, it played on TV as one of the can’t-miss flicks that was prime schoolyard talk, and that gave us the hunger for other great, but little-known, gems like Killdozer.
    Of course, my favorite has to be:
    – The Car
    which is getting a local Blu release pretty soon (Arrow has a doozy, but I still gotta get me a region-free player). This movie alone gives me cool chills from the several big screen viewings of it, where its terrific mania could be savored anew.
    (Side note: It was a great era to go to movies every week, in the 70s, cuz we had double-bills all the time here, and great second-runs could be revisited and appreciated over and over)

    There’s another TV Movie I missed back then but recently saw:
    – Death Car on the Freeway
    And yeah, it’s more human killer material, but good enough as a side dish.
    (and lotsa deathcar sidedishes are out there, like the granddaddy Death Race 2000)

    Hey, did I mention I was a child of the 60s? Well, then, one can easily understand me putting in:
    – Herbie The Love Bug
    – Herbie Rides Again
    as contenders for that feelgood feel of driverless cars, roaring through traffic as a hapless supposed-driver is powerless to stop or steer the Bug.
    Also, the latter movie has some decent kindertraumatic evil Herbie action in Alonzo Hawk’s nightmares.

    I could cite:
    – Maximum Overdrive
    for the sake of completion, but why bother.
    If this movie is a fond memory, for any reason, best leave it at that. Do not revisit. It will not serve you well.

    Hey! But King did get it right, when the right director is picked for the job:
    – Christine
    Now *that* one is worthy of many revisits.
    In fact, with Horror Movie Month less than a week away, I’m revving up the motor on this one for sure.

    Peter Weir did one:
    – The Cars That Ate Paris
    That I’ve seen once or twice, but could not for the life of me tell you what it’s about. Looking up the googley waters, I see Bruce Spence is in this one. Makes me wanna make a return to refresh my memory.

    Eh…there’s more, I”m sure, but I’ll let someone else add some, or wait until another time cuz my keyboard is overheating.

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