Maximum Overdrive (1986)
This was celebrated fright author Stephen King's first time in the director's chair, and he also provided the script. Here, King postulates that a strange comet is coming close to the earth, and as it does many mechanical devices start malfunctioning. A hodge-podge of folks in South Carolina have sought shelter in a truck stop because it 's not safe on the highways. Though everyone knows this, it's even less safe here because the trucks are behaving as if they have both a mind of their own and a very bad attitude. While terror-stricken men and women wait for the marauding trucks to be captured, a whole series of sub-plots and relationships develop and unravel. … More
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Critic Reviews for Maximum Overdrive
Stephen King has admitted himself that he was coked out of his mind during the making of this. Well... duh!
Truck stop attacked by mechanical objects, including trucks, gone awry! Based on Stephen King story.
This is why other people usually direct King's writing.
Maximum Crap. It sorta revived AC/DC, if that matters.
Most of the characters are so annoying that you want them to die ... a recipe' for a railroad-spike lobotomy migraine
A suitably schlocky Stephen King story.
" 'Maximum Tedium' -- the year
When Novelists Direct!
Audience Reviews for Maximum Overdrive
Whilst earth travels through the tail end of a comet trail all the machines in the world go haywire and start to turn violently on their human creators with anything from electric knives to ice-cream vans seeking blood, but it's the big rig trucks that play the lead villains in this film as they trap a group of survivors in a remote truck stop and won't let them leave. Funny, bloody and thrilling for the most part, but I thought things dragged towards the end, it could have done with being 10 minutes shorter. It's enjoyably camp and makes for a good nights viewing, and all with a rocking soundtrack by ACDC. It's similar to the movie 'Tremors' but without the "graboids".More
One of my favourite machines gone haywire movies ever! First of all it's directed by King himself, not just written by him! It's got Emilio Estevez, who gives a nice performance, as does the rest of the cast. Plus, an awesome heavy metal soundtrack from ACDC! I highly recommend this movie.More
What can I say Maximum Overdrive is a major guilty pleasure and it is one of my favorite movies ever! It?s so sad to see that Stephen king never Directed anything else but this I mean this movie is so cool who could hate it? I first watch this movie when I was really young it was my dad?s favorite movie and I guess I watched it so Meany times it just grow on me even though I had no idea what was going on. But you grow up and realize how much better things are when you can understand it. And I have to say but this movie was the first ever DVD I actually bought because I love it.
So the movie begins with a comet passing earth called REA-M and all machines on the planet start coming to life and trying to kill us Humans from everyday Objects to cars and trucks and Lawn Mowers. Because of this crisis it leaves a grope of people trapped at a truck stop anyone who tries to leave are run over by the circling trucks. They are planning to use these Humans to there advantage if they need fuel.
Again I won?t ruin the story so I have left things out.
What is the best part about the movie of course it is the Music by AC/DC Who made Who at the start is one of my favorite intros but sadly I am not an AC/DC fan this movie is really the only thing I have heard by them. Another part I love most about this movie is the Trucks because there awesome. The special effects are good but not great there seems to be more Money put into blood and gore then anything else but I still like it. The acting was great but it can get very average but still good. I really like Emilio Estevez in this movie I might be the only one who says that.
Anyway Maximum Overdrive is one of my favorite movies and I hope you do watch it I don?t really find it to be a horror more of an action. And am I the only who sit?s throw the ending credits?
Keiko?s score 91-100
This is Stephen King Directorial debut and also his last. This film plays out more like a comedy horror film. I personally enjoyed the film simply for the fact it tries too hard to be a serious horror film, except it isn't. The film, upon it's release, grossed a mere 7.5$ million at the box office. It has since retained a cult following amongst horror fans. If you want a prime example of tongue in cheek horror, then this film is for you. I couldn't stop laughing. My favorite part is when the little league kid gets crushed by a steamroller. It's really a guilty pleasure, and pretty fun to watch, just don't expect anything 'scary'.More
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