Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen King
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On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
Runtime:
Lorimar Home Video

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as Bill Robinson

as Bubba Hendershot

as Curtis

as Wanda June

as Duncan

as Camp Loman

as Steve

as Videoplayer

as Bridgemaster

as Coach

as Man At Cashpoint

as 2nd Woman
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Critic Reviews for Maximum Overdrive

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | September 1, 2007
USA Today
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Stephen King has admitted himself that he was coked out of his mind during the making of this. Well... duh!

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Sin Magazine

Truck stop attacked by mechanical objects, including trucks, gone awry! Based on Stephen King story.

March 14, 2009
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Audience Reviews for Maximum Overdrive

Fun and funny until it totally isn't, "Maximum Overdrive" is a brutal, gory, and unnecessary film that strives too hard for a shock rather than focussing on a consistent story. It is odd saying that about a film written and directed by Stephen King, but seeing as this is the only film he has ever directed, that is not a surprise in the slightest. He has now found his footing elsewhere, but quite honestly, he had a rocky start to his career with this film. A series of freak occurrences during a Comet affecting the planet, causes trucks and other inanimate objects to "come to life" and terrorize the town and all the people in it. Bonding to stay alive, the majority of the cast locks themselves in a gas station surrounded by trucks circling around them, waiting to pounce. Again, the first 30 minutes of this film are so over-the-top and fun that I was having a blast; However, the film slows right down, confining it to one space with not very much happening, and I found myself pretty bored. In a film with not a very interesting premise to begin with, I was hoping for a lot more shocking moments than what was presented. Overall, it's a fun movie for a bit, but the it stops being that and becomes a borefest. A very forgettable movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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½

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".

WrenchLT
Lee ?

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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.

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Aj V

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